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School of Education

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One of the very best UK Education departments

This is one of the very best UK Education departments, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked fifth in REF2014 in terms of grade point average, we are a vibrant community of scholars, with members across the range of career levels, many of whom are internationally-acclaimed researchers pursuing innovative and critical research agendas, and future leaders establishing such profiles.

Ranked first in the Complete University Guide 2018 and second in the Guardian University Guide 2018, both our undergraduate programmes are highly rated in the NSS.  Meanwhile our Initial Teacher Education programmes have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2011 and 2013.  At postgraduate and undergraduate level our students can choose from a wide range of topics spanning the discipline of Education. 

Working at Durham University - So Much More

Working at Durham University - So Much More

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Our Strategic Vision
Our Research
Our opportunities
Our people

 

Our Strategic Vision

Sustainable growth for excellence in research, scholarship and teaching


At the core of our vision is sustainable growth for excellence in research, scholarship and teaching. A School of Education which produces world-leading research and scholarship, expands the frontiers of educational knowledge, informs policy and practice and makes a positive difference in learning and teaching across all phases of education.

Over the next few years we will seek to maintain our top five ranking nationally for overall provision and Research and achieve a top 50 ranking internationally. Our vision is to deliver the highest quality research and research-led teaching across a breadth of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate, encompassing both initial teacher education (ITE) and non- teacher education provision.

The School’s research will continue to place a strong emphasis on societal engagement and impact. The vision is one of creating a world class academic environment in which all staff undertake research, scholarship and teaching that is recognized as being of the highest international quality and which supports and enhances curriculum development and dissemination as well as evaluating and informing best practice and pedagogy.


Ranked first in the Complete University Guide 2018 and second in the Guardian University Guide 2018


 

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Our Research

A vibrant community of scholars


 The School of Education is a vibrant community of scholars, with members across the range of career levels, many of whom are internationally-acclaimed researchers pursuing innovative and critical research agendas, and future leaders establishing such profiles. Our passion for our research is demonstrated by our success in research income, quality outputs, significant impact and partner engagement, ultimately leading to a stimulating research environment.

 The diverse expertise of the members of academic, research and teaching staff in the School of Education is one of the key contributions to our success. We have internationally recognised peaks of research excellence in areas related to Evidence-based Evaluation of Effectiveness of Interventions in Education, Large-scale Assessment of Educational Attainment in National and International contexts, Intercultural Education, Higher Education, and Applied Educational Psychology.

Projects

Academics at the School of Education are leading in a wide variety of research projects. Despite their enormous diversity, i.e., they range from cutting edge research with a primarily conceptual focus (e.g., Adaptability of Personality, or Complex Problem Solving), over to research with a strong methodological focus on obtaining high quality evidence, to projects that create immediate tangible impact in Education (e.g., Monitoring Performance in Schools, or The Pupil Premium Toolkit), they all are aimed at furthering our understanding of the processes involved in education and learning, to inform decision making underpinning educational policy and ultimately to contribute to the improvement of the quality of education.

Facilities

The School of Education is based at two locations: the Durham city campus (which is the home of our Education Studies degree, PGCE degrees and postgraduate programmes), and the Queen's campus at Stockton (where our BA in Primary Education is based).  However our BA in Primary Education is scheduled to relocate to the Durham campus in September 2018.

We have our own library based at Leazes Road, which contains a large collection of books and journals on the study and practice of Education, and a Teaching Resources Centre (TRC), which contains a wide range of children's books and classroom learning materials and offers resources and services for local teachers.

 

Our People

A vibrant scholarly community


The School of Education currently comprises over 100 staff, including 86 academic, teaching and research staff and 28 professional support staff. More information, including the profiles of our staff, can be found on our web pages.