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In this episode of the BERA Podcast Nick Johnson interviews Professor Tom Crick (Swansea University) who is the recent recipient of the the 2020  BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award. 

The BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award recognises and celebrates the impact of research and practice in the education community and how both have demonstrably engaged the public.

Professor Tom Crick’s academic contributions sit at the research, policy and practice interface, and he is primarily recognised internationally for leading the reforms of science and technology education in Wales over a sustained period (2011-present). Directly addressing the criteria of the BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award, Tom speaks about examples of his high-quality educational research, engagement and impact , supported by underpinning themes of practitioner engagement and co-construction, system capacity-building, promoting research-informed policy and practice, and empowering young learners through enhancing children’s digital rights. Crick was appointed MBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education” and was made a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2020.

You can read more about Tom and his work here

The 2020 Public Engagement and Impact award is a partnership with Emerald Publishing who will be working with Tom Crick to publish a digital research summary.

Emerald Publishing is delighted to support the 2020 BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award. We are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Professor Tom Crick for his work “Leading the Future of Science and Technology Education in Wales” and to the team at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education. Each of these winners have made a profound impact on education policy and practice within Britain, and have produced world-class research that can inspire and inform similar outcomes in other contexts. Emerald are deeply committed to supporting and mobilising the real world impact of research and look forward to working with the winners to create bespoke dissemination pieces about their research.

In this Episode

Nick Johnson

Chief Executive Officer at BERA

Nick has been the Chief Executive Officer at BERA since April 2012. He has a considerable background of management and advising on strategic direction in organisations concerned with public policy. Between 2004-7, he was the Director of Policy...

Tom Crick, Professor

Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University

Tom Crick is Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University, a joint appointment between the School of Education, the Department of Computer Science, and the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. While his disciplinary background is...