Early Career Researchers Network

The SERA Early-Career Researcher (ECR) Network supports ECRs in Scotland to develop their capacity and capabilities as researchers within a supportive network and to share their research and connect with colleagues in education and the broader academic community.

Our ECR network includes:

  • Postgraduate students (PhD and Masters)
  • Educational practitioners researching any area of Scottish education
  • Postdoctoral researchers within 5 years (excluding career breaks/maternity or paternity leave) of completing their PhDs
  • Researchers/practitioners new to the field of educational research

Network activities:

  • Estelle Brisard Award: The prize is awarded for the best research paper written by an early career researcher based in Scotland and is presented annually at the SERA conference.
  • Rapid-thesis competition (masters and doctoral students) – prize awarded for most effective presentation of dissertation/thesis in 3 minutes
  • Seminars and workshops in collaboration with members and external educational partners
  • Networking events at the annual SERA conference

If you want to be involved, please contact the network co-convenors:


Omolabake Fakunle, Chancellor’s Fellow, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh

Anna Beck, Lecturer Education Policy, University of Strathclyde

Nicola Carse, Lecturer in Physical Education, University of Edinburgh

Twitter: @SERA_ECR