Faculty of Education and Social Work


As a faculty we are committed to research and research-led teaching being the primary responsibilities of our academic staff. We place great importance on fostering and publishing research of the highest quality.

Faculty researchers explore educational and social science research from a wide range of perspectives, including particular focuses on educational effectiveness, language, culture and identity, development and learning, and education, welfare and wider social policy.

A particular feature of the faculty is its programme of education research that explores how educational interventions can improve teaching and learning, particularly for disadvantaged student groups.

These interventions address aspects of the system (such as curriculum design or national assessment), school organisation and other aspects of teaching and learning.

Research in social work and human services seeks to improve the readiness of practitioners to view research as a key part of the contribution they can make to the wellbeing of their client's communities.