BERA President 2019-2021

13 February 2018

We are pleased to announce that Professor Dominic Wyse, UCL-Institute of Education has been elected unopposed to the position of Vice President, President Elect 2019-2021. Dominic will take up this role at the AGM in September and then take over as BERA President the following year.  

Dominic brings a wealth of experience to the role. Please read his election statement  below:



My involvement with BERA stretches back to my first annual conference paper in 1997. I was elected to BERA Council in 2014. I am standing for election as Vice President because I have very much enjoyed the work I have done for BERA so far, and would welcome the opportunity for more work with BERA members and BERA officers in helping to shape BERA’s future.



My motivation to engage with and support BERA’s mission has already resulted in leadership of some key initiatives:

  1. Working with the then BERA president Ian Menter and BERA Council I was the lead editor (with Neil Selwyn, Emma Smith, Larry Suter) for The BERA-SAGE Handbook of Educational Research. This work included leading on the structure of the two volume set of 51 chapters, the commissioning of author and advisory board, and the writing of the substantial editors’ introduction to the volumes. The publication is the first of its kind for BERA.
  2. The ‘Next Generation’ conference. This conference was aimed at early career researchers and students, and was an opportunity for the BERA Handbook authors to present on their research and its methodology. We also launched the Handbook with support from BERA and SAGE.
  3. Chair of BERA Conference and Events Committee. Having benefitted from Felicity Wikely’s outstanding contribution I have recently taken up the chair role. I have already implemented a change to the BERA annual conference abstracts formats and review processes, in consolation with SIG convenors, Marie Blythe and CEC committee members.
  4. BERA Close to Practice Research Project. I am working with Chris Brown, Ximena Poblete, Sandy Oliver and the BERA steering group for the project, BERA intends to base guidance on undertaking outstanding research that is close to the practice of education on the findings of our research.

Prior to the recent leadership work above I have also contributed in other ways:

  1. Founder member of the Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment SIG and one of the first SIG convenors (with Louise Hayward).
  2. Member of the Academic Publications Committee (APC).
  3. Member of the first editorial team to edit the Curriculum Journal (CJ) as one of BERA’s journals (with Steve Higgins, Louise Hayward and Kay Livingston). When we finish this second term as CJ editors we will have served the journal for six years (2012-2018).

Based on my experience with BERA, I see at least three priority areas:

  1. Education already has proven success, for example demonstrated in the Research Excellence Framework. However, enhancing visibility and recognition of educational research, researchers and the best educational ideas in wider society should be an area for increased attention by BERA. The excellence of BERA’s internal work should be matched by renewed focus on its ‘outward-facing’ work.
  2. Sustaining each new generation of education researchers is a priority. One part of this is increased engagement with our early career researchers, our doctoral students, and our master’s students. Another element is continued support for, and engagement with, those working in teacher education. More targeted planning to support these groups is vital.
  3. Education researchers need even stronger collaborative engagement with practitioners and policy makers. As a result, on behalf of BERA, I have already worked on engagement with the College of Teachers to explore closer partnerships.

During my 29 years as a teacher then lecturer and researcher my excitement  for education has not dimmed. I have experienced a wide range of university work: e.g. teaching on undergraduate, post graduate taught programmes including teacher-training, and post graduate research. As part of this work I have experience of research leadership and other management roles at Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Cambridge and Churchill College Cambridge, and now University College London, Institute of Education. Prior to my university career I was a school teacher in London, then Bradford, and Huddersfield. My career has also included work in music inspired by my undergraduate studies at The Royal Academy of Music.