Developing Professional Research: Making an impact

In our busy academic world it is often commented on that there is little time for reflection or conversation. Networking and opportunities for personal development are at the heart of this professional learning opportunity. The event is aimed at researchers, teachers and teacher educators at all stages of their career; both early, mid and established career.

Stimulating keynotes from Professor Robert Beckford (Canterbury Christchurch University), and Professor Gerry Czerniawski (University of East London). This will be followed by a series of interactive workshops on topics including auto ethnography, self-study and arts based methodologies; demystifying research language and landscape; research ethics throughout the entire research process and guidance on funding and bid applications.  

To round off the day, an opportunity to network with other participants and explore opportunities for future research activity, facilitated by Professor Gerry Czerniawski (University of East London) and Dr Sally Elton-Chalcraft (University of Cumbria).

09.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Welcome
10.10 Documentary as Exorcism: Practice-based research and post-colonial praxis
Prof Robert Beckford, Canterbury Christchurch
11.00 Discussion
11.15 20 Tips for Early Career Researchers
Prof Gerry Czerniawski, University of East London
12.00 Discussion – how this relates to me
12.15 Lunch break and networking
13.30 Interactive workshops
Funding and bid writing Peter Hick, Erica Joslyn 

Auto ethnography/ Living theory/ Self study
Jack Whitehead, Frances Gallannaugh, 
Carrie Birch, Mabel Encinas


 De-mystifying research language and landscape
Vicky Duckworth, Sheine Peart
Research ethics, values in research and using research findings
Sally Elton-Chalcraft, Marie Parker-Jenkins, Lynn Revell

 Arts based metho-dologies
Jim Reid, Sarah Williamson


14.30 Refreshments break
15.00 Feedback from workshops
15.55 Completion of evaluation forms
16.00 Close of conference


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £75 towards travel.

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.

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