Our research and its impact
The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed us in the top six research-intensive Education departments in the UK, with 78% of our research activity graded as world leading or internationally excellent and 92% of our academic staff submitted.
We conduct theoretically-informed, methodologically rigorous and socially relevant research into education. Our three Research Centres – in the areas of Higher Education, Technology-Enhanced Learning, and Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education – are internationally recognised for the excellence and originality of their research. They offer world-leading PhD programmes that are specifically designed to support students undertaking research in their areas of expertise. The Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education has recently launched a new part-time, online Masters programme.
Our research impact stories give a taste of the Educational Research Department’s recent research.
- Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation - supports a wide range of research and evaluation work on higher education in all its manifestations: teaching, research, administration and income generation.
- Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education - research in this centre explores questions about equity, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.
- Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning - supports research concerned with teaching and learning with digital technologies, and with widening digital participation across a range of populations.