The professional activities of the school are grouped into three specialised departments with a number of associated research centres.
This department has over 30 academic staff and some 130 doctoral researchers engaged in promoting inclusion through multi-disciplinary working, researching the role of mainstream and special schools and pedagogies, and educational achievement. It is home to the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) and the Visual Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR).
ESJ, is an interdisciplinary group focusing on social justice and critical enquiry in education and whose members share a common interest in researching the inequalities that persist in society. Research centres include the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Access (CHEEA), the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE), the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism. The Department also hosts DOMUS , which is a research group dedicated to Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood and the Caroline Benn Society.
The Department of Teacher Education consists of over 25 academics involved in teaching, research and knowledge transfer within the field of teacher education. The group focuses on national and international agendas in teacher education as well as medical and dental education. The department incorporates the Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education (CRMDE).