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International Women’s Day 2024

On #InternationalWomensDay, BERA is celebrating the incredible achievements and contributions of women in educational research.

Read below for a selection of exciting BERA events, blogs and activities that spotlight women in the field of education, including:

  • An upcoming BERA event hosted by the Educational Leadership SIG: Leading Women in Higher Education
  • An article from Sara Delamont, BERA’s first woman president ever, celebrating BERA’s 50th anniversary in Research Intelligence (free access)
  • 2023 BERA award winners featuring Professor Anna Vignoles, the 2023 John Nisbet Fellow, Dr Victoria Showunmi, the inaugural recipient of BERA’s Academic Citizen of the Year Award 2023, and Professor Vini Lander, the inaugural recipient of the 2023 BERA Equality in Education Award
  • BERA Podcast episode in conversation with Heidi Safia Mirza, author of Young, female and Black (1992)
  • Various BERA blog posts on the experience of young women in schools, the workforce and the educational research field, as well as a blog post highlighting women’s involvement in curriculum theory.

We would like to give a big thank you to all women who give their time to BERA including our trustees, committee members, SIG convenors and office staff.

BERA's Female Staff

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Marie Moore, Mrs

Conference and Events Manager at British Educational Research Association

Marie manages the Annual Conference, as well as other BERA events run throughout the year include the SIG events. Working as a Project Manager at the PCO in her previous role, Marie managed a full portfolio of international congresses,...

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Sarah Fleming, Ms

Membership and Engagement Manager at N/A

Sarah Fleming joined BERA in 2014. Her main responsibilities are managing BERA's member services, writing BERA communications and promoting BERA’s work in the wider education community. She works closely with the BERA Events Manager on the BERA...

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Hannah Marston, Ms

Publications Manager at British Educational Research Association

Hannah joined BERA in May 2022 as Publications Manager. In this role, she is responsible for BERA's publications portfolio, including the association's four journals, Research Intelligence, the BERA Blog, reports, books and other outputs. She has...

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Heidi Hollowbread, Ms

BERA Administrator at British Educational Research Association

Heidi joined the BERA team in May 2023, providing administrative support to the association. Heidi's previous career in teaching spanned more than twenty years. She taught throughout the primary age range and beyond. She held positions in the...

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Paru Rai, Ms

Publications and Digital Content Officer at British Educational Research Association

Paru joined BERA in March 2023 as Publications and Digital Content Officer. Her main responsibilities are supporting BERA’s publications portfolio including the association's four journals, Research Intelligence, the BERA Blog, reports, books...

BERA's Female Trustees

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Vivienne Baumfield, Professor

Professor of Professional Learning at University of Exeter

Vivienne Baumfield is Professor of Professional Learning in the Graduate School of Education and co-leader of the Centre for Research in Professional Learning. She is interested in the interaction of research, policy and practice when...

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Mhairi Beaton, Professor

Professor at Leeds Beckett University

Mhairi Beaton is Professor at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University. After completing a Bachelor of Education at University of Edinburgh, Mhairi worked as a primary school teacher in Highland Region in the north of Scotland....

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Ros McLellan, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Cambridge

Ros McLellan taught psychology and mathematics in the secondary schooling sector for a number of years before joining the Faculty. Her background is in psychology and she is a graduate member of the British Psychology Society. She has always been...

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Diana Burton, Professor

Professor of Education at University of Wolverhampton

Diana Burton is an established academic with extensive University leadership experience. She held senior leadership posts in 3 institutions, including HOD at MMU, Dean of Education at LJMU and later Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & External...

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Morag Redford, Professor

Associate Dean Education at University of the Highlands and Islands

Professor Morag Redford is Head of Teacher Education in the University of the Highlands, a federated institution situated in nine colleges across the north and west of Scotland. Her research focuses on teacher education and the interface between...

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Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Professor

Professor of Education & Dean at Plymouth Marjon University

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope is Provost and Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University. In 2018 she developed and opened Marjon University Cornwall based in Truro, which she leads. Tanya is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist...

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Sarah Seleznyov, Mrs

Co-headteacher at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Sarah Seleznyov has worked in London schools for over 25 years and is now leading a brand new primary school in Newham. She has led a Teaching School, been a Deputy Head, a School Improvement Consultant and School Improvement Partner. She also...

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Alison Fox, Dr

Senior Lecturer at The Open University

Dr Alison Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the Open University in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport, an Associate Head of School (Research and Knowledge Exchange), chair of the University’s Human Research Ethics...

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Sally Power, Professor

Professor at Cardiff University

Sally Power is a professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, and director of WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data). She undertakes research on education policy and the relationship between education...

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Barbara Skinner, Professor

Professor in TESOL and Education at Ulster University

Barbara Skinner is a Professor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)and Education in the School of Education at Ulster University. Barbara lectures on a range of teacher education courses. She is involved with doctoral...

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Mabel Encinas, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University

Mabel has a strong commitment and passion for equality, diversity, and social inclusion. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on creative strategies for learning and teaching, including...