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2020 BERA Council Elections

BERA is pleased to invite interested members to stand as candidates in the 2020 BERA Council Elections.  

We are seeking applications between 16th December 2019 and 23rd January 2020. 

BERA Council is the governing body of the Association and the members of the Council are, de facto, the Trustees of the Association as registered Charity and Company Directors under Companies House regulations. BERA’s core aims are to advance research quality, build research capacity and foster research engagement. These aims are intended to secure the health of the discipline of education going forward and strengthen the contribution educational research can make in the public domain. Trustees are legally obliged to operate in the best interest of the entire charity at all times and are not elected to represent specialist interests or causes.

There are two vacancies on our Council, (Board of Trustees). These positions would begin on 1st September 2020 and end in August 2024.

BERA is particularly seeking representation from Northern Ireland, as well as early career researchers, practitioners and senior leaders in education. Nominations may be reviewed against the areas listed. We are committed to equal opportunities and we want BERA Council to benefit from the advantages that diversity brings, including different skills, life experiences and backgrounds. We would particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups and backgrounds and we would  encourage  people who would bring fresh perspectives to the board.

To Apply

Should you have any further questions, please contact

Please see the timeline below.

BERA 2020 Council Elections Timeline:

16th December 2019 Call for applications
23rd January 2020 Council applications close
10th February 2020 Elections open for voting
2nd March 2020 Election period closes
w/c March 9th  Results announced

If successfully elected, your term will begin on 1st September 2020 and end in August 2024 although if successfully elected, you will be invited to attend the Strategic Away Day in May, (11 – 13th May 2020) to attend a Trustees’ Training session and attend a meeting of Council as an Observer. Council meets on 7th September 2020 prior to BERA Conference and you will be able to participate with full voting rights at this meeting. Council meet three times a year. 

The trustee role description and specifications can also be found here.

To be eligible to stand, candidates must be must be fully paid up members of BERA at the time of the nomination process opening and closing. No extensions are granted.

Candidates must not be ineligible to stand according to the rules set out by the Charity Commission or Companies House.

More information on BERA’s Governance can be found on this page.