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BERA Opportunity

Educational Effectiveness and Improvement SIG Convenor Vacancy 2024-2027

An opportunity has arisen to become a SIG Convenor for Educational Effectiveness and Improvement and to help lead the SIG over the next 3 years. 

The special interest of the Educational Effectiveness and Improvement SIG is in research that questions educational policy and practice from the early years to higher education and beyond. Our aim is to provoke intellectual debate in a supportive forum that stimulates thinking and inter-disciplinary collaboration to influence government policy making and the funding of education in the future.

This special interest group is concerned with educational effectiveness and improvement and aims to provide an inclusive and accessible forum for students, early career researchers, established educational researchers and educators, to discuss issues relating to educational effectiveness and improvement. It further aims to

  • share, stimulate, support and raise awareness of high quality research through networking events, conferences and workshops.
  • Create opportunities to disseminate findings from research within the academic community and beyond.
  • Influence government(s) educational policy, funding agencies and key stakeholders on issues relating to educational effectiveness and improvement.
  • Collaborate with other SIGs to promote interdisciplinary research with a common purpose of improving educational outcomes.
  • Collaborate with other educational research associations nationally and internationally on common issues relating to educational effectiveness and improvement.

SIG Convenors are volunteers whose main role is to co-ordinate, oversee and develop the mission and activities of their SIG. 

If you would like to be considered, key aspects of the Convenors’ role include:

  • Preparing text for a regular (ideally once per term) newsletter to SIG members.
  • Hosting at least one annual SIG forum meeting for all members (organised via the BERA office)
  • Encouraging submissions of individual papers and symposia for BERA conference.
  • Reviewing abstracts or acting as a third reviewer.
  • Grouping together abstracts for the conference.
  • Developing and leading SIG events
  • Participating in BERA Conference
  • Engaging with social media for the SIG
  • Encouraging submission of SIG related BERA Blogs


By agreeing to assume a position of SIG convenor, individuals are committing to fulfilling the responsibilities and obligations that go with that role. SIG Convenors are expected to exercise their own judgment to meet the requirements listed in BERA guidance and to seek further advice from the BERA Office if in any doubt on any of these matters. If any procedures are not followed then BERA reserves the right to take whatever action may be necessary to protect BERA’s legal, financial and reputational position.

All applicants for this role must be a member of the Educational Effectiveness and Improvement SIG.

If multiple expressions of interest are received an election may be run.

This role is intended to serve a 3 year term, finishing April 2027.

The deadline for applications is 1st August 2024

As part of our wider commitment to greater equality and diversity at all levels of the organisation, we continue to seek increased representation from members with a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. In acknowledging the structural inequalities and unjust power imbalances that affect our members, we wish to be proactive in addressing this within our own structures. Based on the current SIG convenor profiles we also welcome applications from early career researchers, practitioner researchers, and/or education researchers who reside in one of the four nations of the UK outside of England.

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