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Researching Diversity in Education

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On 26 August 2016, the British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention to commission ‘an audit to tackle public sector racial disparities’ in the UK (The Guardian, Saturday 27 August 2016).  In the last five years, issues of diversity, inclusion, prejudice and difference have featured extensively in education policy and practice reflecting both substantive political and social imperatives. This timely conference presents an opportunity to examine the importance of researching ‘diversity in education’ and the value of generating research evidence to inform education practice in all sectors.

Education remains a vital life affirming opportunity for all and experience of difference and diversity can be the key to either positive or negative life chances. This conference will:

  • Present examples of quality research in the field of ‘diversity in education’ in the UK
  • Explore the use of theoretical perspectives in researching diversity

This conference is designed to enable members of the BERA SIG REE, postgraduate students, those training to become teachers and experienced teachers to engage with dominant perspectives to critical examine ‘diversity in education’ as part of education practice and debate. BERA members and early career researchers are encouraged to join us at University of Suffolk for a stimulating exploration of what are critical issues at the height of a very distinctive period in the history of Europe.

10.30 Registration, tea and coffee
11.00 Introduction
Dr Erica Joslyn
11.15 Keynote 1: Comparing critical theories of ‘race’ in education
Professor Mike Cole; University of East London
12.00 Keynote 2: Speaking from the inside: Ethnicity does matter in education
Dr Shirin Housee; University of Wolverhampton
12.50 Networking lunch
13.45 Researching with disabled artists
Dr Allison Boggis; University of Suffolk, & Participant Researchers
15.00 Panel Plenary
Chair – Dr Erica Joslyn
15.25 Completion of evalution forms
15.30 Close and networking


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

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA in the current year.