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IOE research team win BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award

2 November 2018

Projects led by Professor Louise Archer are recognised for their impactful ‘science capital’ research addressing educational inequalities.

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We are pleased to announce that the ASPIRES/ASPIRES 2 and Enterprising Science team has won the BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award 2018.

Based in the Department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), the projects introduced Professor Louise Archer’s concept of ‘science capital’, addressed inequalities in science participation, and developed an approach to improve science engagement through teaching.

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BERA cited the research’s impact on national and international science education policy, practice, and understanding “across government departments, national institutions, museums, science centres, and major science and engineering professional societies.”
Professor Archer, on behalf of the ASPIRES/ASPIRES 2 and Enterprising Science team said:
“We are absolutely delighted to win this award and would like to thank all the young people, teachers, schools and parents who have so kindly taken part in our research. We are also very grateful to all the stakeholder organisations who we work with. These relationships have been instrumental to our professional learning, helping us to sharpen our thinking, translate ideas and develop a richer appreciation of the potential relationship between research, policy and practice.”

Professor Alison Fuller, IOE Pro-Director for Research and Development said:

“It is wonderful to hear that Louise and her team’s ESRC-funded research has been awarded this prestigious accolade, recognising their outstanding ability to translate the highly significant conceptual development and the empirical findings from their longitudinal study of young people in secondary schools into practical ideas, for example, in relation to careers education, as well as stimulating policy and practice debates more widely. The team’s work exemplifies the IOE’s commitment to research that addresses and has a positive impact on issues of social justice. Warm congratulations from all at the IOE.”

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) award recognises the important impact of educational research and practice and celebrates significant contributions and activities that demonstrably engage the public.