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How to develop more reach for your research

We are excited to host a BERA ECR conference at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 3rd, 2023. This conference offers a range of strategies to ensure your research has ‘reach’, that is, impact from the word go!

The two keynote sessions explore how researchers can plan for research impact, from the beginning stages of a research journey. The practical sessions aim to equip delegates with appropriate knowledge and a suite of skills to assist them in targeting their research audience.

Interactive workshops will complement the keynotes. Two workshops will focus on how to connect with the research world, with sessions on how to effectively write abstracts and grant bids. Delegates are welcome to bring working drafts to engage in discussion on how to structure effective abstracts and bids. 

Two more workshops explore effective ways to reach your audience. One workshop explores how to get published on the BERA blog. Another discusses how to create and use podcasts to broadcast and develop a network for research purposes.

There will also be opportunities for delegates to network, connect and collaborate with research communities to further identify and target research routes.

You will leave with a clearer vision of how to effectively promote and market your research to enable and secure that all important reach and impact. We hope to see you there!

Draft programme:

09:30 Registration, tea and coffee 
10:00 Welcome and Introduction
Nicola Marlow, Ulster University and Dr Leanne Henderson, Queen’s University Belfast
10:15 Keynote lecture: Sharing best practice – getting your research out to the wider community
Dr Una O’Connor Bones, Ulster University
11:00 Workshops
  Podcasting research
Dr Bukola Oyinloye, University of York
Journal abstract
Dr Sultan Turkan, Queen’s University Belfast
11:30 Tea and coffee break 
11:50 Workshops
  How to get published in the BERA Blog
Professor Gerry Czerniawski, University of East London and Dr Barbara Skinner, Ulster University
Conference abstracts
Dr Karen Orr, Stranmillis University College, Belfast
12:20 Lunch and networking 
13:20 Keynote lecture: Research Impact 
Julie Bayley, University of Lincoln
14:05 Workshops
  Conference abstracts
Dr Karen Orr, Stranmillis University College, Belfast
Applying for Funding: Understanding the Process
Professor Kelsey Shanks, UNESCO Chair, Ulster University
14:35 Workshops
  Journal abstract
Dr Sultan Turkan, Queen’s University Belfast
How to get published in the BERA Blog
Professor Gerry Czerniawski, University of East London and Dr Barbara Skinner, Ulster University
15:25 Keynote lecture: Getting the Word Out (Promotion and Circulation)
Professor Daniel Muijs, Head of School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast
16:10 Conclusion and thanks 
16:30 Event close 

Chairs and Speakers

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Nicola Marlow, Mrs

Lecturer in Education at Ulster University

Nicola is the regional rep for Northern Ireland. Nicola is a lecturer in Education and course director of the PGCE English with Drama and Media Studies programme at Ulster University. Her research interests include writing pedagogy and how...

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Leanne Henderson, Dr

Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast

Leanne Henderson is a lecturer in education studies in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research centres on young people’s educational trajectories and transitions. She was...

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Una O’Connor, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Ulster University

Dr Una O’Connor is a senior lecturer, based in the UNESCO Centre, School of Education, Ulster University. Her teaching and research focus on improving educational outcomes for children and young people, with a particular emphasis on social...

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Bukola Oyinloye, Dr

Research Associate at University of York

Dr Oyinloye is a Research Associate at the University of York where she examines the doctoral applicant recruitment and selection landscape towards exploring opportunities to improve access for underrepresented groups. Alongside this, she...

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Sultan Turkan, Dr

Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast

I specialize in improving educational practices for multilingual immigrant children. My research is guided by the view of language as a resource for effectively teaching immigrant learners. I have conducted research on the validity and fairness...

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Gerry Czerniawski, Professor

Professor of Education/Research Degrees Leader at University of East London

Gerry Czerniawski runs the Professional Doctorate in Education at UEL and teaches on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses. In addition to his role as a researcher, author and teacher educator he is the Lead Editor of the BERA Blog and a...

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Barbara Skinner, Professor

Professor in TESOL and Education at Ulster University

Barbara Skinner is a Professor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)and Education in the School of Education at Ulster University. Barbara lectures on a range of teacher education courses. She is involved with doctoral...

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Daniel Muijs, Dr

Dean of School of Education and Society at Academica University of Applied Sciences

Daniel Muijs is dean of School of Education and Society at Academica University of Applied Sciences. Prior to his current role, Daniel was head of Research at Ofsted, Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, and Associate Dean...

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Karen Orr, Dr

Research Fellow at Stranmillis University College

Dr Karen Orr is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement at Stranmillis University College. Karen has worked across a range of research centres since graduating with a PhD in Psychology from QUB in 2011....