Call for Special Interest Group (SIG) Convenors

The British Education Studies Association (BESA) invites members and non-members to join our association in creating Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The purpose of the SIGs will be to bring together people from across the UK and disciplines. The two newly formed SIGs are ‘SIG Educational Technology’ and ‘SIG Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (see details below).

SIG activities and events will take place across the UK and members can be involved by attending SIG meetings and events or through participation in the SIG online communities.

SIGs are invested in advancing the skills of their members, keeping them abreast of emerging trends. They offer opportunities for networking with colleagues, staying connected to peers and negotiating the strategic challenges of the modern world.

SIG convenors publish newsletters, promote the BESA annual research conference, encourage excellence through multiple recognition programs, and organize conferences and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities of the SIG convenors:

  • Produce a bi-monthly newsletter.
  • Write a blog post in BESA website twice a year.
  • Organise events/symposium in their subject area in the research seminar series.
  • Organise calls for papers in their SIG theme to be published in Educational Futures and or Transformations.
  • The SIG convenors will have to review conference abstracts submitted in their SIG.
  • Present a paper/ workshop/symposium in the BESA annual conference representing their SIG.

If you are interested in becoming a SIG convenor, please send your CV and a brief supporting statement (500 words) why you wish to be a convenor to Dr Chrissy Mangafa by Friday 7th May 2021.


SIG Educational Technology

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The purpose of the Educational Technology SIG is to provide a meeting place for BESA members interested in the application and impact of new technologies in education across both curricular and professional areas. The SIG includes members with backgrounds across education settings and sectors ranging from early years education to higher education.

The SIG group interests include Computer-based Learning, AI in Education, Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education, Blended Learning, Touchscreen Technologies, Robots, Human Computer Interaction, Teacher Training in Technologies, Designing Technologies for Users with Special Educational Needs, Methodological Approaches to Educational Technology Research, Virtual Learning Environments, Mobile Learning, and Game Based Learning.

SIG Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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The purpose of this SIG is to offer a platform for critical and rigorous exploration of equal opportunities concerns including gender, ethnicity, class, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion.

Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are not treated differently or less favourably, based on their specific protected characteristics, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.

Promoting equality should remove discrimination in all the aforementioned areas. Bullying, harassment or victimization are also considered as equality and diversity issues. Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and students.

SIG members will promote equality and diversity by celebrating EDI practices and challenging inequalities by investigating various topics such as Women in STEM, LGBT+, moral perspectives of equality, diversity and inclusion, inclusion and special educational needs, inclusive curriculum in HE, safety and wellbeing of staff and students in higher education, inclusive education for refugees and migrants, black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students attainment, tackling poverty in schools, global issues in gender and sexuality.