Faculty of Education

Research at the faculty

The Faculty of Education is recognised for the quality of its research in education, counselling, social work and human services.

Research events

The faculty hosts events that disseminate research through lectures, seminars and conferences.

The Starpath Project - Partnership for Excellence

A research project looking into the impacts of socio-economic status on educational achievement.

Woolf Fisher Research Centre

The centre is internationally recognised for the development of education and schooling success.

Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

CLeaR is dedicated to helping staff and postgraduate students succeed in their academic careers.

Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR)

Consortium of multi-disciplinary research groups from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Education.

Faculty Research Office

Internal funding (SSRG, FRDF) and ethics processes and guidelines.


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.

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