Our vision for the kind of research we want to engage in can be summed up as inclusive, inspiring, innovative and impactful.

A‌bout our research

Research is at the heart of everything that we do at the Graduate School of Education. 

Our vision for the kind of research we want to engage in can be summed up as inclusive, inspiring, innovative and impactful.

We aspire to creating an INCLUSIVE research culture where everyone has agency and therefore an active role to play in doing and using research.

We seek to INSPIRE students on all our taught programmes to use the links they can make between theory, research and practice to transform their thinking, their practice and their profession. 

Through our postgraduate research programmes we are committed to facilitating the development of critical and INNOVATIVE educational researchers of the future who are capable of pushing the boundaries of knowledge and knowledge production.

We are committed to developing and maintaining long term IMPACTFUL collaborative partnerships with our local, national and international stakeholders so that they are enabled to either:

  • engage in and benefit from the research that we conduct from conception through to dissemination
  • develop the skills and confidence to research their own practice

As the Director of Research here at the Graduate School of Education I would be pleased to hear from you if you want to learn more about our research and our many national and international research relationships.

I am delighted with our REF 2014 results, which confirm our position as one of the top ten education research centres in the country.

Professor Vivienne Baumfield

Research areas

We have focused the key areas of our research around five distinct but interdisciplinary research centres:

We also nurture a number of smaller and less formal research networks, which augment and compliment our larger centres.

We have a group of enthusiastic high quality researchers who are committed to developing their own high quality research and high quality researchers of the future. Why not find out more about our research culture by reading about the experiences of some of our researchers?

We encourage a vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture within the Graduate School of Education. Our international community of researchers has an excellent record of winning external funding, and our centres, groups and networks provide structure and support, promoting collaboration and impact. We advocate mentoring for early-career researchers, as well as collaborative bid writing and projects.

Why not find out more about our research culture by reading about the experiences of some of our researchers?

If you are looking for a research supervisor or collaborator you can find out more about our individual staff here.

We run a range of seminars, conferences and other research related events and are always delighted to welcome colleagues from outside the university.