The Estelle Brisard Memorial Prize


Estelle Brisard worked in Scotland first as a doctoral student at the University of Stirling, from 2000, but then as a Research Fellow and later as a Lecturer at the University of Paisley from 2002 until her death in November 2006.  At that time, she had accepted a new post at Liverpool John Moores University which she was due to take up from January 2007. She served on the SERA Executive Committee, representing the University of Paisley, during 2004/05.

Her field of research was teacher education and she was very much a comparativist.  The study at Paisley was a study of ITE policy and practice in Scotland and England.  During her research career she had made many friends and had established a strong network of contacts in Scotland the UK, France, Europe, as well as in the USA and the antipodes.

She was a member of the Editorial Board of Scottish Educational Review and an Associate Editor of theJournal of Education for Teaching.  She was well known within the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET).

In 2007, in recognition of Estelle’s outstanding contribution to educational research in Scotland, SERA created an annual award in her memory.  Submissions are now invited for the 2010 award.  Details are provided below.

The Award

This annual award is made by SERA to an early career educational researcher for excellence and promise in their work.

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. The prize is awarded following open competition.

The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of £250, to be presented at the Annual Conference. Arrangements may be made (if appropriate) also for the paper to be presented at the Conference.  If the paper has not already been published, the winner will be encouraged to submit it for consideration by the Scottish Educational Review (SER).   


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.