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The impact of policy on leadership practice: growing a research agenda


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The Impact of Policy on Leadership Practice: Growing a Research Agenda  event is convened to bring together practitioners, researchers and policy makers across the five nations of the United Kingdom and Ireland to discuss the impact of educational policy on leadership practice. The aim of the event is to gain a clearer direction regarding a timely, relevant and collaborative research agenda for educational leadership.

This event has been organized by a steering group bringing together representatives from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and has been designed to complement a seminar series run in 2018/2019 by the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS). Whilst BELMAS will focus on conceptualizing policy, the BERA event will cover the implications of such policy landscapes for practice and hence for valuable research going forwards.

The event starts with a TeachMeet on Thursday 13th September evening to feed into a day of lightning presentations and workshops which bring together national perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of contemporary policy for educational leadership on Friday 14th September 2018.

Please click here to benefit from reduced accommodation rates negotiated as part of BERA’s Annual Conference fringe events.


Thursday 13 September 2018

18.00 – 20.00 #TeachMeet

#TeachMeet offers practitioner-researchers a chance to focus on the ‘challenges and opportunities of contemporary policy for educational leadership’ with the aim of generating a research agenda. The session will consist of different responses to this question with an emphasis on the different institutional contexts from which presenters emerge.


Friday 14 September 2018

09.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Welcome and introductions
Azumah Dennis and Kevin Proudfoot
10.15 Research agendas and ontological (re)formation as antidotes for corrupted leadership: To what extent can leadership research and practice be redeemed?
Howard Youngs, AUT University School of Education
10.45 Q&A
11.00 Panel Discussion on:

  • How would you define the current educational policy environment in which we work?
  • To what extent is this environment determined by the specifics of context or based on global trends?
  • How does this environment impact upon educational leadership in school, colleges or universities?
  • How are practitioners responding to this new climate?
  • What so far unexplored research agenda is implied for those wanting to understand educational leadership?

Panel includes:
Neil McLennan, University of Aberdeen
Ken Jones, Professional Development in Education Journal PRESENTATION
Stephen Roulston and Sam McGuinness, Ulster University PRESENTATION
Mary Nihill, Centre for School Leadership (Ireland) and Fiona King, Dublin City University PRESENTATION
Martin Doel, UCL Institute of Education

12.30 Q&A
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Implications of panel discussion for a research agenda
Martin Doel, UCL Institute of Education
14.20 Closing remarks
Azumah Dennis and Kevin Proudfoot
14.45 Feedback: what next
14.55 Completion of evaluation forms
15.00 End of conference


The BERA Early Career Researcher Network offers a limited amount of bursaries to the value of £75 towards travel for BERA Student Members only.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 250 word statement on why you want to attend this event and why you need the financial assistance. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.