UWTSD hosts British Education Studies Association (BESA) Conference in SA1


University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Yr Athrofa, The Institute of Education hosted the 15th Annual British Education Studies Association (BESA) Conference at the University's new IQ building in SA1.


The key theme of the conference was: Politics and the role of education: divergence and convergence. Keynote speakers included Dr Nicola Rollock from Goldsmiths and Dr Kevin Smith from Cardiff University.

Caroline Lewis, Assistant Director of Academic Discipline and Programme Director: BA (Hons) Education Studies said: “We were delighted to welcome the 15th Annual International Conference of BESA to our new facilities in SA1 this year. As an association, the work that BESA does to raise awareness of key debates in education through engaging and building networks of professionals, students and early career researchers is invaluable for the promotion and development of Education Studies as a discipline. Our annual conference attracts delegates and keynote speakers from across the globe and UWTSD’s new SA1 Swansea Development is the perfect environment to foster the collaborative and supportive ethos that BESA embodies."


The British Education Studies Association (BESA) is a subject association that supports the academic community of students, teachers and researchers in the diverse field of Education Studies. It aims to promote and foster high quality research and teaching within higher education and the wider community.

Note to Editor

Yr Athrofa

Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education is a major new faculty within UWTSD and houses the disciplines of Teacher Education, Social Justice & Inclusion, Psychology, and Early Years. Courses are delivered from two main sites: Our new waterfront development in Swansea’s SA1 and the historic Carmarthen Campus. We also have a small base in Tramshed Tech, Cardiff.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and its partner schools have been successful in their application to deliver innovative new programmes of initial teacher education (ITE) from September 2019. Programmes put forward by the Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership (APLP), a collaboration involving UWTSD’s Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education and a network of more than 100 schools, have received accreditation from the Education Workforce Council (EWC)

Overall, 98% of students in the Early Years discipline were satisfied with their course last year (NSS 2017) Yr Athrofa has been ranked 1st in Wales for student satisfaction in initial teacher education the last two years – and is one of only four providers to have been given accreditation by the Education Workforce Council. Yr Athrofa’s innovative BSc Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society, the representative body for psychologists and psychology in the UK.

Yr Athrofa is Wales’ oldest teacher training centre and dates back to 1848, when the then South Wales & Monmouthshire Training College was established in Carmarthen. Yr Athrofa runs three successful teacher training programmes – two at postgraduate level: PGCE Primary (with QTS) and PGCE Secondary (with QTS); and the undergraduate BA Education (with QTS). UWTSD was ranked in the top 10 UK universities for student satisfaction in Academic Studies in Education and Social Work (NSS 2017).

Overall, 97% of students enrolled on Social Justice & Inclusion courses were in employment and/or further training six months after graduating (DLHE 2015). Visit athrofa.cymru for more information.



BESA seeks to engage with the world of education and disseminate the latest research through its annual conference and open access journals. It is our ambition to foster networks and impact upon national debates and discourses regarding education policy and practice.

As a relatively young association, we are committed to support the development of the subject and those that teach it. We support early career researchers and research students to develop their potential to contribute to Education Studies through our annual conference and student bursaries.

The Association works to raise the profile of the subject within HE institutions, connect members with common interests, inform academics and professionals about the development of the subject and represent members’ views to appropriate bodies and organisations. It is consulted as a representative association for Education Studies on matters regarding the subject and the QAA Subject Benchmarks.