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BERA Appoints Members to the College of Reviewers

As an organisation we are committed to principles of openness, integrity and transparency and seek to uphold ethical values in all our activities and processes. The newly established BERA College of Reviewers (CoR) provides high quality peer reviews for all relevant BERA activities and ensures a consistent approach across our awards and funding opportunities.

The BERA College of Reviewers is a group comprised of high quality academic reviewers including practitioners and policy makers who draw on research evidence. Members are drawn from a range of organisations and career experience, from Early Career Researchers to senior academics and users. The CoR works closely with BERA’s Engagement Committee who oversee most of our award schemes and ensure criteria fit with BERA’s strategic priorities.

We are pleased to appoint seven new members to the college of reviewers:

  • Dr Serdar Abaci, University of Edinburgh

  • Dr Alice Bradbury, UCL Institute of Education

  • Professor Maia Chankseliani, University of OXford

  • Professor Helen Gunter, The University of Manchester

  • Professor Alison Kington, University of Worcester

  • Mr Thomas Martell, The Academy at Shotton Hall

  • Professor Norbert Pachler, UCL Institute of Education


You can read their biographies below.


College of Reviewers new members

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Serdar Abaci, Dr

Lecturer in Data and Digital Literacy at University of Edinburgh

Serdar Abaci is based in the Institute of Education, Teaching and Leadership. He is currently involved in Data Education in Schools project, developing a course on Digital Literacy. His research interests include data and digital literacies,...

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Alice Bradbury, Professor

Professor of Sociology of Education, Co-Director Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 Years) at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Alice Bradbury is a professor of sociology of education at the Institute of Education (IOE), UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, and co-director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 Years). She is also a member of the Centre for...

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Maia Chankseliani, Professor

Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at University of Oxford

Maia Chankseliani (EdM Harvard, PhD Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford. She leads a flagship master’s course at the Department of Education – MSc in Comparative and...

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Helen Gunter, Professor

Professor Emerita at University of Manchester

Helen M. Gunter is Professor Emerita in the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and recipient of the BELMAS Distinguished Service Award 2016. Her research focuses on the...

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Alison Kington, Professor

Professor in Psychology of Education at University of Worcester

Alison Kington is a professor in psychology of education at the University of Worcester. She has worked in a number of research and teaching roles, gaining extensive experience of designing and conducting mixed methods research in education and...

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Thomas Martell, Mr

Director of Research and Development at The Academy At Shotton Hall

Thomas Martell is the director of research and development at a trust of schools in north-east England where he teaches science. His role includes leading the Shotton Hall Research School, which supports teachers and school leaders beyond the...

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Norbert Pachler, Professor

Professor of Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Prof Norbert Pachler is currently Pro-Vice-Provost: Digital Education at UCL. He works closely with the Vice-Provost Education and Student Affairs on UCL-wide initiatives with a particular focus on academic oversight of digital education across...