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BERA archive at Warwick University

The Archive, held at Warwick University collection was acquired in a series of deposits between 1985 and 2006 (although there may be more recent deposits) It contains: minutes of Executive Council, 1974-1980; Nominations minutes,1975-1980, 1982; Executive elections, 1982; Annual General Meetings,1980 1981-1983; Next meeting minutes; Executive council, 1982; Council meeting; Membership records including correspondence and membership files, subscriptions, lists, forms; conference papers, 1974-1993.

Wiley-BJET seminar 2014

New Technologies and Ethics in educational research

For those who engage in research in learning technology there are codes and guidelines for best practice in research ethics from professional bodies such as the British Educational Research Association and the American Educational Research Association.  These cover the researchers’ responsibilities to the participants in their research, to their sponsors and the wider community and to those who publish and disseminate their work.

Initial meeting to establish BERA

A meeting was held on 12th October 1973 to move forward a proposal to form a British Educational Research Association.

It was decided that:
1. A B.E.R.A should be formed
2. Membership should be open but in the early stages the Association should be run by a bodu of founder members comprising the original group and their nominees.
3. Each member of the orignal group would submit around 10 but no more than 20 names of persons for foundation membership.
4. A list of names for founder members should be compiled from these suggestions at the next meeting.

Denis Lawton: The politics of educational research

Invited address to 1983 BERA Conference

BERA Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy SIG

The Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy SIG is described on the BERA website at

Mark Priestley talked about the formation of the SIG at the BERA 2013 Conference:


Ian Menter, President of BERA

Professor Ian Menter is Director of Professional Programmes at the Department of Education, the University of Oxford. Previously he was Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow. Prior to that he held posts at the University of the West of Scotland (Dean of Education and Media); London Metropolitan University (Head of School of Education); University of the West of England and the University of Gloucestershire.

Marilyn Leask: 25 years with BERA

Marilyn Leask has been a member of BERA for over 25 years. See her talking about educational knowledge management, 25 years with BERA, and looking forward to the next 25 years at:


Conference reminiscences

Felicity Wikely (Chair of the BERA 2013 Conference Committee) and Colin Rogers (BERA Treasurer) reminisced about BERA Conferences over the past years. You can see their conversation during the 2013 Conference here:


Olaojo Aiyegbayo appointed as first BJET Fellow

In September 2012 BERA announced the BJET Fellowship Scheme. This was an award of £5000 to be made available to an individual with the most compelling proposal for a piece of research in the field of educational technology.

Olaojo Aiyegbayo was appointed as the first BJET Fellow on 1st December 2012 with his fellowship due to run until the end of December 2013.

The results of the research were presented at the BERA 2013 Conference and should lead to the submission of an academic paper to BJET before the end of 2013.

Why Educational Research Matters

BERA published a new briefing paper entitled ‘Why Educational Research Matters’. This was drawn from BERA's contribution to the Comprehensive Spending Review and was based upon case studies supplied by members. By showcasing some of the most effective pieces of research in recent years this document showed the positive impact on policy and practice.


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