Joining SERA

What is SERA?

The Scottish Educational Research Association brings together an active community of researchers, teacher educators, teachers, other educational professionals, policy makers, and funders to share and debate current research in the field of education locally and globally.

Who joins SERA?

Our membership is drawn from across sectors and includes educators and researchers at all stages of their career trajectory. Our emphasis is on strengthening the capacity of new researchers through a robust community that values the contribution made by all sections of the sector.

What are the benefits of joining SERA?

SERA membership includes all these benefits:

  • Discounted prices for the SERA annual conference and seminars
  • Discounted prices on EERA (European Educational Research Association) events (including the European Conference on Educational Research),
  • Membership of SERA networks

What are SERA’s networks?

The networks provide opportunities for in-depth study of key educational issues as well as developing spaces for emerging researchers to develop. The networks bring together key professionals to disseminate cutting edge research in areas connected to:

SERA provides space for members to network and build vital research relationships across Scottish institutions, and beyond, that enhance the quality and impact of their work. Members are encouraged to get involved at all levels and contribute their expertise to the Association.


Membership of the Association is open to all individuals with a professional or academic interest in research in education in Scotland, as active researchers in the field of education, as educational practitioners, as educational policy makers or administrators.

  • The Membership year shall run from 1st January to 31st December.
  • Part year membership is not available on a pro-rata basis. A yearly fee is payable for membership for any part of the membership year.

Cost of membership

We have two types of membership: Full and Reduced:

  • A Full Membership is for those who are in full employment. This costs £50 per year.
  • A Reduced Membership is aimed at students who are studying in full-time education. This costs £25 per year.

Application for Membership

Application for Membership shall be submitted to the Executive of the Association who shall have the powers of approval, review and termination of membership.

Members are expected to comply with an ethical code of practice.

If you wish to join, please use our online membership form to submit your application.


Member testimonials

“I joined SERA as the conference was coming to the University of Dundee in 2016 and local representation was needed to ensure liaison between the University and the Executive group. Since then, I have benefitted from my membership by developing my professional network and by presenting my research at the annual conference. I am now a member of the SERA Executive which really helps my understanding of how the organisation aims to support developing researchers.”

Carrie McLennan, University of Dundee

I joined SERA to find out more about the research happening within education across Scotland and to make links with other researchers outside of my institution.  Being a member of SERA has enabled me to network with researchers from institutions other than my own and start to build research collaborations.

Nicola Carse, University of Dundee