Research centres

The department plays host to 3 research centres which all have linked PhD programmes.  The Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education has recently launched a new part-time, online Masters programme.

Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation

The Higher Education Research and Evaluation Centre (here@lancaster) supports a wide range of research and evaluation work as well as delivering two PhD programmes for HE practitioners, offering consultancy to universities and national bodies and running symposia and conferences in the higher education field.

The Centre operates inclusively, bringing together well-known researchers into higher education with research students and others to contribute to research and evaluation projects, journal articles, books and reports which have been used to good effect by policy-makers, university leaders, educational development centres and academic teachers for decades.

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‌Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education

Research in the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education (CSJWE) explores questions about equity, diversity, inclusion, rights and wellbeing. Our work is multi-disciplinary, drawing particularly on sociology, linguistics and psychology. It spans a range of formal and informal education contexts including schools, higher education, home and the workplace.

We have particular expertise in gender, literacy, development education, disability, migration, motivation, technologies and identities.  The REAP (Researching Equity, Access and Participation) group researches issues of equity in, and access to, higher education.

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‌Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning

The Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning focuses on theoretical and practical challenges related to educational uses of technologies for teaching and learning in formal and informal educational settings.

Our staff and students take an interdisciplinary stance and utilise a range of methodologies to systematically explore questions concerning educational technologies. Our teaching is research-led and our research is informed by our teaching, where the coursework is designed to allow students to build on their professional experience to conduct research and construct knowledge.  Our research is internationally renowned and our academic staff pursue rigorous research projects.

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