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BERA ECR Network Symposium Series 2023: Making decisions in educational research: ethics and methodologies

Who is it for?
The ECR Network’s symposia series is targeted at early career researchers (ECRs) – be they current Masters or Doctoral students or those in the early post-doctoral phase. It’s suitable for any ECR seeking to present their research and to network with their peers.

What can you expect?
ECRs attending symposia typically present for 10-15 minutes and subsequently have time after for discussion around their presentations, and their research more broadly. The audience is made up of their ECR peers as well as 1-2 experienced academic discussants. The sessions is hosted by one of the current ECR Regional Representatives. Presenters are encouraged to highlight key points for consideration to guide the discussion and are able to receive constructive feedback around these. This is an informal safe, but ‘critical’ space to receive feedback from both peers and experienced academics.

Why should you attend?
The ECR Network’s symposia series seeks to provide ECRs with an opportunity to present their research in a supportive environment, gaining valuable experience that will stand them in good stead for attending and presenting at conferences. The symposia enable ECRs to practice their presentation skills, engage in discussion about their research and to receive feedback to help them move forwards with their work, as well as providing the opportunity to network with their peers. You can also write a blog after the event and be published in a blog series e.g.


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Kay Sidebottom, Dr

Lecturer at University of Stirling

Kay Sidebottom is a Lecturer in Education, and Programme Director for a new MSc Education at the University of Stirling. With a background in community and adult education, her pedagogical specialisms include critical, radical and anarchist...

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Kumara Ward, Dr

Senior Lecturer: Teaching and Research at University of Dundee

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and committed education professional specialising in early childhood and primary curriculum and pedagogy, leadership, and management. As of August 2019, my current position is as Senior...

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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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