The British Educational Research Association sets its sights on Leeds for 2016

27 July 2015: ConferenceLeeds, the official conference desk for Leeds, has secured the UK�s largest educational research conference for 2016 � The British Education Research Association (BERA).

BERA is a member-led charity that champions the best of educational research and aims to build momentum within and beyond the field. Its September 2016 conference will take place over three days and attract around 1,000 national and international delegates representing a wide range of academics, policy makers and practitioners � all engaged with a strong interest in educational research.

Marie Blythe, Events Manager for BERA, commented:
�We last held the conference at the University of Leeds in 2001. Leeds as a city is a perfect location for the BERA conference due to its strong educational links and vibrant cultural atmosphere. With the evolution of the BERA programme over the last 15 years, it is long overdue to hold our conference in Leeds once again and enjoy a city that works together to deliver an outstanding delegate experience.�

She continued: �Delegates to the conference have a wide range of educational and research interests. New learning technologies, pedagogies for the future, professional learning, and issues of equity and policy implementation are but a few focal topics. The BERA conference offers opportunities for networking, so a variety of venues is a must.�

Cllr Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, commented:
�ConferenceLeeds is continuing to attract a fantastic variety of events and conferences to the city through its unique, multi-venue, pro-active approach � and BERA is a great example of this. The association has strong national and international delegates, and has secured keynote delegates from the US, Australia and New Zealand and we�re very excited to welcome them to our city.�

The University of Leeds� conference, meeting and events arm, MEETinLEEDS� sales and marketing manager, Harriet Boatwright, said: �We�re excited to be hosting BERA within our venues, and look forward to being part of the full City welcome. With fantastic venues and an environment rich in learning we are confident in the delivery of a successful event, in hand with ConferenceLeeds.�

Leeds is an exciting city with tremendous growing power and ConferenceLeeds proudly offers over 250 conference venues for hire in the West Yorkshire area, including unique venues such as the Royal Armouries and Northern Ballet. What�s more, Leeds is the only city outside of London to have four Gold AIM accredited venues and has 18 AIM accredited venues in total.

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