The School of Education is an active community of academic, student and practitioner researchers who are committed to educational studies that make a difference. Our interdisciplinary and collaborative work aims to inform the improvement of thinking, practice and policy across many educational contexts from schools and universities to informal learning spaces and theoretical debates.

Our researchers use qualitative and quantitative methods and a range of disciplinary perspectives to explore important questions about teaching and learning, inclusion and inequality, organisational cultures and institutions, educational futures and the impact of educational research itself. Two of our main research themes, science and technology education and critical education studies, are supported by specialised research groups.

Studying in the School of Education offers many opportunities to learn from experienced researchers and be part of exciting new research projects that aim to challenge and improve current educational thinking and practice. From projects on multimodal, practical and performative learning among children to studies on safeguarding academic freedom in European and African universities; from research into the development of co-operative educational leadership to inquiries into teachers’ agency and professional identities; from evaluations of pedagogy to critical theories of educational marketisation, our research engages some of the most pressing debates in the field today.

A significant focus for the School of Education is doctoral research, with between 70 and 80 students enrolled at any one time, undertaking research on a wide range of topics. All doctoral theses are available from the LibraryClick here for a list of theses from the past ten years.

Science and Technology Education Group

The aims of the Science and Technology Education Group (STEG) are to undertake research in all areas of science and technology education in order to make a positive...

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Research in Critical Education Studies (RiCES)

The aims of the Research in Critical Education Studies (RiCES, pronounced ‘recess’) group are to recognise, facilitate and promote the use of rigorous...

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