PhD community

The worldwide PhD community within the Department of Educational Research consists of over 300 students. This page highlights some of the co-operative learning and research initiatives within that PhD community.

All our PhD students are undertaking research which is aligned to one of the three research centres within the department: Centre for Higher Education Research and EvaluationCentre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in EducationCentre for Technology Enhanced Learning.

Current students can join the Educational Research PhD community Mahara group (Lancaster username and password required). 

Alumni and current students can make contact with others in their area by joining our new online meeting place.  Please contact Kyungmee Lee for more information and joining instructions.

Please look at our Where Our Students Live map which demonstrates the distribution of our students across the world.

‌Student-run activities

The Educational Research PhD students blog has been set up by PhD students for PhD students.  It aims to connect Lancaster University's Educational Research PhD students wherever they live.

December 2014 - During a lively lunchtime session organised by PhD students, Vicky Gorton and Georgia McCrone, 11 students and staff shared an image which represented their work (or an aspect of it) and spoke about this for 3 minutes.  The format was an adaption of the Pecha Kucha presentation style and enabled participation from distance learners in addition to those on campus. Jaume Plensa's "Spiegel" (see image top right) was chosen by one PhD student to represent their work looking at different understandings of quantitative methods.

May 2014 - 50 Years on from Robbins: the emerging centrality of student engagement and partnership.

Small group meetings

Traditional route PhD students have the opportunity to participate in informal monthly workshops on a variety of topics. Kirsty Finn is the Research Students' tutor; please contact her to join these workshops or set up other events for PhD students.

A monthly peer-supported writing day for PhD students (run by an academic and open to students on and off campus) where students set their own writing goals for the day and then reflect on their progress. Ann-Marie Houghton is the convenor; please contact her for more information.

Online reading group (open to staff and all students) where specific journal articles relating to educational research are discussed. Please email the convenor for more information: Rebecca Marsden

Research seminars

PhD students regularly contribute to, and attend (in person and online using video conferencing), the department's Seminar Series about a wide range of education issues.  Many seminars are available to view online via our seminar archive.


Doctoral programme cohort groups

Doctoral programme students are all part of cohorts based on their year of entry to the programmes. The students within these cohorts generally form strong, cohesive groups who support each other during and after their PhD studies.