Research in the School of Education


The School of Education is one of the largest research-led schools of education in the UK with a distinguished reputation for excellence. There are four research centres in the school and a number of research groups which are based within the departments. The school also provide opportunities for Postgraduate Research and runs a Visiting Scholars programme.  

For further Information on our school research please contact our dedicated College Research Support Office (CRSO)

Centre for Higher Education Equity and Access (CHEEA)    Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE)    The Jubilee Centre for Character and VirtuesThe Centre for Research on Multilingualism (MOSAIC)


Departmental Research

Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) 

The Caroline Benn Society

Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood (DOMUS)

Visual Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR)

Current research projects 

Caroline DeCamp Benn: a comprehensive life, 1926-2000
This British Academy funded project (2013 - 2015) investigates the life & work of leading educational reformist Caroline Benn, wife of one of the most prominent postwar socialists in Britain, Tony Benn.
Cultural Intermediation: connecting communities in the creative urban economy
This AHRC funded project will run from 2012 - 2016. It will aim to discover how the value of cultural intermediation can be captured and how this activity can be enhanced to create more effective connection between communities and the creative economy.
Early childhood development and education for young children with visual impairment in Malawi
This research, funded by Sightsavers (2012-2014), will be looking at parents'/carers' attitudes, beliefs and behaviour towards their children with visual loss in Malawi
Educational research and visual impairment
The RNIB have funded VICTAR to undertake a number small research and development projects concerning education (2015 - 2016)
Evaluation of General Practice Recruitment Processes
Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned this evaluation to see if the GP recruitment process is fit for purpose. It will investigate the reliability, validity, educational impact, acceptability of the method to the stakeholders, and cost of the GP recruitment process.
Evaluation of the Destination Work Project
The evaluation of the Destination Work programme (2014 - 2017) aims to produce a robust analysis of the performance of the service in terms of the contracted outputs, and its additional 'social value' with consideration of the wider outcomes on which employment services are based.
Evaluation of the future in-sight project
This RNIB funded research (2013-2018), is an evaluation of the Future In-Sight project which aims to support partially sighted and blind young people as they move from compulsory education into independent adulthood.
Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) on people with sensory loss
This project (2014-2015) funded by RNIB, the Thomas Pocklington Trust, and Sense explores the experiences of the DLA to PIP policy change for people who have a visual impairment or a dual sensory impairment (deafblind).
Moral Virtue, Intellectual Virtue and Education
This project (2015 - 2016) seeks to investigate the link between the development of moral and intellectual virtue as educational aims. It seeks to understand what the moral and intellectual virtues have in common and asks whether education in the moral virtues may promote intellectual virtue and vice-versa
Paired Peers: Moving on Up? The impact of social class on graduate destinations
Paired Peers 2: Moving On Up (2014 - 2017) builds on previous work to consider the impact of social class, to evaluate the role of HE in promoting social mobility.
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