BESA Research Symposium - University of Wolverhampton - 16th January 2019

Education Studies research: how can we impact on practice and policy?

University of Wolverhampton – Walsall Campus
Wednesday 16th January 2019
10am – 3.30pm

The first BESA research symposium will take place on Wednesday 16th of January in the University of Wolverhampton. All academics and students are welcome to attend free of charge.

Symposium schedule

Sir Alan Tuckett, University of Wolverhampton
Research to influence policy and practice
The session will review the role of research evidence in influencing policy change, and ask what else is needed to capture the attention of policy makers, and to have an impact on learners – illustrating from Alan Tuckett’s  experience across a working lifetime.
Dr Katy Vigurs, University of Derby
Translating research findings for wider audiences: The story of a research-informed comic
Katy will explain her rationale for producing a research-informed comic book as an alternative, visual research output. She will discuss the process of turning text-based research findings into a graphic, comic format and outline the benefits of doing this (as well as the potential pitfalls) in relation to creating impact
Professor Michael Jopling, University of Wolverhampton
Research as impact and impact as research
The session will explore how we might reconceptualise our views of research impact to break down the boundaries between research and impact, drawing on and going beyond REF criteria.
Group activity/feedback session and close of day
Anyone with any questions about the event should contact the BESA Executive chair and symposium convener Dr Zeta Brown ( who will be happy to provide further details.