Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the website of the 2014 BERA Annual Conference.  

In 1974 the first BERA conference took place from 11am Friday until 3pm on Saturday, in Birmingham, with John Nisbet giving the inaugural address entitled ‘Educational research; the state of the art’. There were three parallel sessions on the Friday afternoon discussing the politics and finance, methodology and audience for educational research, with two more (called seminars) on Saturday morning looking at classroom studies and evaluation.

In 2014 the 40th BERA conference will be held at the Institute of Education in London.  There will be no presidential address this year but Sugata Mitra and David Leat, and Danny Dorling will be our keynote speakers.  John Nisbet’s address reflected on the increasing amount of money being invested in educational research and the need for a BERA to co-ordinate an increasingly wide range of interests. Times may have changed but BERA conference has grown to be the forum for the exchange of ideas.  There will be approximately 150 sessions representing 29 special interest groups. I hope your paper will be in one of those sessions and you will be an active contributor to our 40th Anniversary Question Time when we reflect back in order to look forward to the next 40 years in educational research.

Felicity Wikeley
Chair of the Conference Committee


For more information on BERA or to become a member visit:

British Educational Research Association

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is a member-led charity which exists to enhance the field of study, the growth of public knowledge and critical understanding, and the application of findings for the improvement of educational policy and practice.

We strive to ensure the best quality evidence from educational research informs policy makers, practitioners and the general public and contributes to economic prosperity, cultural understanding, social cohesion and personal flourishing.

  • Informing policy and practice
  • Supporting and promoting the highest quality educational research
  • Promoting knowledge and understanding within and beyond the field

Early Career Researcher Conference Key Aims

The key aims of the Early Career Researcher Conference are to:

  • provide early career researchers with the opportunity to present papers to an audience of fellow early career researchers
  • offer sessions on research processes led by experienced researchers e.g. on interviewing, data analysis, writing skills, presentation techniques
  • help early career researchers develop a network of contacts