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Back to the Roots (Past, Present, Future) Moving Forward

BERA is an organisation dedicated to advancing educational research, policy, and practice across the United Kingdom and beyond. Established in 1974 by Prof John Nisbet, BERA has become a leading voice in education, fostering collaboration and innovation among researchers, educators, policymakers, and practitioners.

Across the border, the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA), founded by Prof Stanley Nisbet – John’s brother – and colleagues in 1974, has been at the forefront of driving educational research, practice, and policy in Scotland. With a steadfast commitment to excellence and collaboration, SERA has played a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape and fostering positive change nationally and internationally.

To celebrate 50 years of contributions and leading educational research and practice BERA and SERA are delighted to come together to honour the important role of the Nisbet brothers and the work of each association. This joint celebration event, hosted at the University of Glasgow on 16th May, presents a unique opportunity for members from both associations to reflect on our individual and shared journeys, past, present, and future, and to acknowledge and celebrate the collective achievements and collaborations between BERA and SERA over the past five decades.

SERA is a charity registered in Scotland SC003928





Draft programme:

10:00 Registration, tea and coffee
10:30 Welcome and introduction 
Dr Angela Jaap
10:40 Past
Professor Walter Humes
Professor Gary McCulloch
11:50 Tea and coffee
12:10 Present
Dr Julie McAdam
Professor Vivienne Baumfield
13:20 Lunch and networking
14:10 Moving Forward
Dr Lisa Reed, Professor Sin Wang Chong, Dr Marlon Moncrieffe
Chantelle Boyle, Hermione Miao, Professor Stephen McKinney
15:20 Conclusion
Dr Angela Jaap
16:00 Close of event


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Angela Jaap, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at University of Glasgow

Angela Jaap is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow. She has a sustained career in teacher education and creative arts education, having taught across undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes at various...

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Walter Humes, Professor

Honorary Professor at University of Stirling

Walter Humes has been a Professor of Education at the Universities of Aberdeen, Strathclyde and West of Scotland. He is now an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. His publications range over a...

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Gary McCulloch, Professor

Brian Simon Professor of History of Education at U C L Insitute of Education

Gary McCulloch is the inaugural Brian Simon Professor of the History of Education at the founding director of the International Centre for Historical research in Education at UCL Institute of Education. He was (2017-2019) the president of the...

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Julie McAdam, Dr

Ms at University of Glasgow

Julie McAdam is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in Language and Literacies. She has developed teacher education programmes in Scotland and the Middle East, emphasising inclusive and culturally relevant pedagogy to promote learning...

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Vivienne Baumfield, Professor

Professor of Professional Learning at University of Exeter

Vivienne Baumfield is Professor of Professional Learning in the Graduate School of Education and co-leader of the Centre for Research in Professional Learning. She is interested in the interaction of research, policy and practice when...

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Lisa Reed, Dr

Lecturer in Teacher Education at University of Dundee

Lisa is the ECR Network Regional Representative for Scotland Lisa is a lecturer and ECR in Teacher Education at the University of Dundee. She was awarded her doctorate from the University of Cumbria in 2021, which is focused on the importance of...

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Sin-Wang Chong, Professor

Director of Impact and Innovation at University of St Andrews

Sin Wang (Ph.D., SFHEA, FRSA) is Director of Impact and Innovation at the International Education Institute, University of St Andrews. Concurrently, he is Professor, Head of Evidence Synthesis, and Chair of Research Ethics at the National...

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Marlon Moncrieffe, Dr

President Elect at British Educational Research Association

Dr Marlon Moncrieffe is a council member of the British Educational Research Association, and Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. He is an award-winning international interdisciplinary researcher and author, and teacher-educator.

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Chantelle Boyle, Miss

PhD Student at University of Glasgow

Chantelle Boyle (she/her) is a current 3rd-year PhD student at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis is focused on the implementation of moral education in primary schools. Whilst studying full-time, she also works as a Supply Teacher where...

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Hermione Xin Miao, Mx

SERA rep at University of Stirling

Hermione Xin Miao (she/they) recently completed her PhD viva in University of Stirling in January 2024. Her thesis has a focus on teacher agency and curriculum making. She used to be a geography teacher herself before returning to higher...

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Stephen McKinney, Professor

Professor at University of Glasgow

Stephen J. McKinney is a Professor in the School of Education, University of Glasgow. He has worked in Education for over thirty years. At the University of Glasgow, he has been the Head of Department of Religious Education (2008-2010), the...