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Cardiff Met hosts high-profile education conference



Professor Chris Pascal OBE speaking at the BESA conference. 

Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Education recently hosted the 11th annual British Education Studies Association (BESA) conference.

 The conference, which saw 80 UK and international delegates gathering at Cardiff Met’s Cyncoed campus, was entitled ‘The diversity of Education Studies: theory research and practice’.

Keynote speeches were delivered by Professor Chris Pascal OBE from the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Professor Stephen Ward of Bath Spa University and Dr Mike Finn from Liverpool Hope University. 

Speaking about the conference, Associate Dean for Research at Cardiff School of Education and Chair of BESA, Professor Gary Beauchamp said: “We are absolutely delighted to have hosted the BESA conference; it was a highly successful event which explored areas that were of great interest and benefit to the audiences who attended.

“The delegate feedback from the two days was overwhelming positive and we feel that the quality of the facilities here at Cyncoed played an important role in creating such a sucessful experience.”

BESA was established to support research in the field of Education Studies. It was formed in July 2005 as a subject association for all students, teachers and researchers in Education Studies within the UK. Most universities have engaged in initial and in-service teacher training for many years and many have now developed Education Studies as a degree subject in its own right.

BESA seeks to assist lecturers and researchers in carrying out their duties of teaching and research in Education Studies. It also seeks to assist departments (or their equivalents) in attracting students, providing teaching or pursuing research in Education Studies and raising the profile of the subject within institutions.