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
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 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).
Flexible Pedagogies: part-time learners and learning in higher education
This research on part-time learners and learning in higher education was part of the research project Flexible Pedagogies: preparing for the future. The overarching research question guiding the project was: 'Why and to what extent might flexible pedagogies be promoted, and in what ways?'
Gratitude Britain
The Gratitude Britain research project encompasses the flagship research work of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues as well as a number of other research and development work. We aim to make the new Centre into a major international hub of interdisciplinary research into character, virtue and virtue education – research with both theoretical and practical applications.
Race, Racism and Education: inequality, resilience and reform in policy & practice
This research (2013-2015), funded by the Society for Educational Studies, will examine the changing status of race equality in education and chart how Black and minority ethnic (minoritized) students have fared in the education system in the 20 years since the death of Stephen Lawrence.
Reach Forward: Making educational research count for children with disabilities in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda
The Reach Forward Project funded by ESRC (2013-2015) aims to address the exclusion of children with disabilities in Africa from quality education. The project will draw on existing primary research to address a number of issues around the current educational support available for children with visual impairment and those with other disabilities, focusing on Malawi, Uganda and Kenya.
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