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2019 John Nisbet Fellows Announced

Since 2014 BERA has awarded the John Nisbet Fellowship to one or more people who are deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to educational research over their career. Named in honour of our first President, this award recognises individuals who exemplify BERA’s commitment to encouraging educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and public benefit.

We are delighted to announce the 2019 Fellows are:

Professor Walter Humes, University of Stirling

Professor Mary James, University of Cambridge

Professor Andrew Pollard, UCL-Institute of Education

All three fellows will attend BERA Conference 2019. Mary James and Andrew Pollard will be presenting a joint keynote and Walter Humes will be presenting a breakfast session.
See the programme here


Find out more about the John Nisbet Fellowship here

2019 John Nisbet Fellows

Walter Humes, Professor

Honorary Professor at University of Stirling

Walter Humes has been a Professor of Education at the Universities of Aberdeen, Strathclyde and West of Scotland.  He is now an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. His publications range over a...

Mary James, Professor

Retired at University of Cambridge

Mary James was born in Surrey on 21st March 1946. He father was a skilled joiner and her mother was a factory worker. She failed the 11+ exam so was ‘educated’ at secondary modern and bi-lateral schools before qualifying as a teacher at...

Andrew Pollard, Professor

Higher Education Researcher at UCL Institute of Education

Andrew Pollard was brought up in Devon and has a family background in printing and in farming.  He received his BA in Sociology and Economics from the University of Leeds, PGCE in Education from the University of Lancaster, MEd and PhD, in the...