British Educational Research Association confirms venue

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The British Educational Research Association (BERA) announced on Thursday that it will bring its 2018 Annual Conference to NewcastleGateshead – the largest conference of its kind to be held in the UK.

BERA will bring 900 delegates to Northumbria University from 11–13 September 2018.

The BERA Conference is held annually and brings together educational researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts from across the UK and internationally to present new research, debate key issues and network with one another to further develop their research interests.

Marie Blythe, events manager at BERA, said: “The diverse nature of attendees coupled with the specific requirements needed for hosting a conference of such large scale and scope means BERA Conference Committee must be confident in a destination before selecting it as the official host city for the event.

“Newcastle’s atmosphere, friendliness, exceptional hospitality and inspiring heritage makes the city an exceptional venue to host the ‘must-do’ event of the educational research community’s year. We were last in Newcastle in 1989, and we are delighted to return to host our 43rd annual conference.”

Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, added: “We are thrilled that BERA has chosen to return to the North of England and hold its 2018 Annual Conference in NewcastleGateshead.

“Conferences and events such as these have a significant impact on our local research eco-system, bringing expertise and knowledge sharing into the city. Furthermore delegates go on to become ambassadors for the city, telling their colleagues, family and friends about their experience – 91% of delegates surveyed say they plan to return to NewcastleGateshead as a leisure visitor.”

BERA is a member-led charity that exists to encourage educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and public benefit.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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