The School of Education is a leading centre of research recognised for its world-class and international quality in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. More than half of our research was graded as of world class or internationally excellent. We have a vibrant portfolio of research projects with support from a wide range of funders including the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union, the Nuffield Foundation, The Sutton Trust, and the Education Endowment Foundation as well as a range of other organisations and charities We are committed to research which engages with and has an impact upon practice and policy as well as influencing the wider research community to develop educational practice, education policy and future educational research.
Our staff, along with our postgraduate research student community, are involved in a wide variety of educational research areas. Research interests include Assessment, Evaluation and Effectiveness, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Individuals and Contexts in Education, and Methods and Critical Approaches.
Through our academic staff, we have a strong relationship with the following Research Centres: CEM - the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring and the Centre for Academic Practice - CAP. A number of staff in the School of Education are also fellows of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. We also have close links with the Science Learning Centre North East.
Research activity is supported by a large, specialist Education library, an extensive seminar programme, and a dedicated research office. We regularly welcome research visitors from other Departments, especially where research links with our current activities can be developed.
The Director of Research is Professor Steve Higgins.
Educational researchers come from a wide range of academic disciplines from Classics to Physics. To read more about the academic backgrounds of some of our staff and students, please browse our testimonials page. For further information about our research activities, please refer to our current research or research project webpages and staff profiles. You can also download recently published research dissertations from the School of Education.