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2023 BERA Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 BERA Awards

2023 Undergraduate Award Winner

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Maria Pulman, Miss

University of Bristol

Maria holds a BSc in Education Studies and a MSc in Education, Policy, and International Development from the University of Bristol. She is the proud winner of the 2023 BERA Undergraduate Award for her thesis ‘Stepping Outside of the System:...

2023 Masters Dissertation Award Winner

2023 Doctoral Thesis Winner

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Balwant Kaur, Dr

Assistant Professor for Race, Social Justice and Education at University of Birmingham

I am an Assistant Professor of Race, Social Justice and Education at the University of Birmingham. My research interests include: exploring the experiences of women in diasporic communities; culture and migration through a hauntological and...

2023 Equality in Education Award Winner

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Vini Lander, Professor

Director of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality at Leeds Beckett University

Vini Lander is Professor of Race and Education and Director of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality (CRED) in the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. She is also Visiting Professor of Race and Education at...

2023 Academic Citizen of the Year

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Victoria Showunmi, Dr

Associate Professor at University College London

Victoria has developed a national and international reputation for her work on identity and leadership. The emerging themes of are gender identity and race in the context of leadership, and the implications for the experiences of learners and...

2023 John Nisbet Fellow

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Anna Vignoles, Professor

Director at The Leverhulme Trust

Anna was appointed Director of the Leverhulme Trust in 2021. She previously held professorships at the University of Cambridge and UCL Institute of Education and was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. Anna’s research has...

2023 Educational Research Book of the Year

Making Schools Better for Disadvantaged Students


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Stephen Gorard, Professor

Higher education lecturer, researcher at Durham University

Stephen Gorard is professor of education and public policy at Durham University, and director of the multi-disciplinary Durham University Evidence Centre for Education. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and lead editor for...

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Beng Huat See, Professor

Prof of Education Research at Durham University

Beng Huat See is professor of education research at Durham University’s Evidence Centre for Education. Her work largely involves reviews and synthesis of evidence in education, evaluation of large-scale intervention programmes and re-analysis...

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Nadia Siddiqui, Professor

Reader at Durham University

Dr Nadia Siddiqui has academic expertise in education research and equity in education. She has led important education research projects contributing evidence for education policy in England. Her research interests are to explore the stubborn...

2023 Public Engagement and Impact Award Winner

University of Oxford’s Effective Provision of Preschool, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) Study team

Transforming Early Education policy and practice

Iram Siraj, Professor

Professor at University of Oxford & University of Maynooth

Iram has an international reputation for longitudinal research and policy expertise, she has co-directed a number of influential studies, including the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE, DfE, 1997-2015)...

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Pamela Sammons, Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Professor at University of Oxford

Pam Sammons is a Professor of Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. Previously she was a professor at the School of Education, University of Nottingham (2004-2009)...

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Kathy Sylva, Professor

Higher education professor at University of Oxford

After earning a PhD at Harvard University Kathy moved to Oxford where she taught Psychology while serving on the Oxford Pre-school Research Group which was led by Jerome Bruner. Her book Childwatching at Playgroup and Nursery School broke new...