The competition is open to all those who are at an early stage in their educational research careers. This is likely to include research students, educational practitioners working in schools or in adult and community settings, college and university tutors. Candidates would not be expected to have published significant amounts of research work, but would be expected to aspire to this in the future.

In addition to the research paper, submissions should include a statement of up to 100 words outlining the candidate’s research experience, current activity and aspirations.

The judging panel will consist of four members of the SERA Executive Committee, including a member of the Editorial Board of SER and the convenor of SERA’s recently established emerging researchers’ network.

Submissions should be in the range of 3000-6000 words and will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Significance of contribution to educational research and/or professional practice
  • Being based on original work
  • Methodological rigour and/or professional relevance
  • Clarity of written presentation

The winner will be notified by the end of October and invited to attend the award ceremony at the SERA Conference.