National Award 2022: The Transformative Work of Teachers Call for Proposals

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The Transformative Work of Teachers

The Society for Educational Studies invites bids from researchers interested in making an original contribution to knowledge in the field of educational studies. The theme for the 2022 National Award is: The Transformative Work of Teachers.

The theme of the National Award 2022 will double as the theme of the SES Annual Colloquium in 2023 (to be held at Oriel College, Oxford in September 2023). The theme of the transformative work of teachers speaks to a number of different aspects of educational research. The themes presented below offer suggested areas for a proposal to consider. These themes are intended to provide focus to any application, whilst offer scope and breadth for researchers to investigate novel and original directions.

This focus for the 2022 National Award brings together current thinking in the area and aims to fund a piece of leading research that will build on existing work, spotlight teachers at the centre of any new social contract for education, and reemphasise the unique and valued role that teachers hold in society. The recent Reimagining Our Futures Together report by UNESCO (2021) is one report that foregrounds the transformative work of teachers in the current context, but prospective applicants do not need to limit their proposals to this report. This National Award seeks to build on previous funding opportunities that the Society has offered in the areas of Social Organisation of Educational Studies, Race and Education, New Technologies in Education.

The Society is opening a call for proposals for its National Award of £100,000-£175,000 for researchers with a strong record of accomplishment of relevant research and publications who can address one or more of the following themes:

  • Teacher retention;
  • Recasting teaching as a collaborative profession;
  • Teachers as researchers;
  • The teacher in the classroom;
  • Meaning and purpose in teaching;
  • Teacher professionalism;
  • The changing shape of teacher education;
  • Teacher development;
  • Transformative pedagogies.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the impact of proposed work, and are encouraged to seek partnerships with school-based researchers and practitioners.


Principal Investigators applying for the Society for Educational Studies National Award of up to £175,000 must be employed at a British university, college or school. The Society for Educational Studies accepts proposals from education institutions and/or researchers from within the United Kingdom.

Principal Investigators are responsible for securing appropriate ethical approvals through the lead institution for all research that is conducted, as well as liaising with participating organisations and securing additional ethical approvals where necessary.


Applicants are encouraged to be creative in their outputs and consider those that will create meaningful and tangible influence and impact. The successful applicant will be required to produce a full research report within the grant timeframe, which will be – on acceptance by the Society – displayed on the Society’s website. The Society also require at least one article to be submitted for publication in the British Journal of Educational Studies, and a formal presentation to be given at the Annual Colloquium in September 2023 (dates TBC).

Proposal Submission Guidelines and Review Process

Principal Investigators are asked to submit a proposal before Midday Sunday 1st May 2022 following the guidelines below. Applications will be assessed by the Executive members of the Society and applicants will be informed by Friday 13th May 2022 whether they have been short-listed. If invited, short-listed researchers will be expected to make a presentation before members of the Executive Committee of the Society for Educational Studies at a meeting in central London on a date to be confirmed.

Completed applications should be sent by email to Aidan Thompson at [email protected]  by Midday 1st May 2022.

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