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The Department has a world-class reputation for excellence in research. 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 have three areas of excellence: Higher Education Research and Evaluation; Social Justice and Wellbeing; Technology Enhanced Learning. Work in each of these areas is facilitated by, and organised through, a centre:

The centres act as focal points to exchange, support and develop research but also enhance cross-departmental synergies in methodological approaches. Each Centre also has a programme of seminars and events.

Within the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education we also have a group that specialises in Researching Equity, Access and Participation (REAP).

We have collected some short research impact stories about how our research work has been applied by different users, and to demonstrate its impact in many different fields.

Read more about some of our recent research in our departmental blog.

Our PhD student community

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Whether based on campus or a distance learner, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

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Many of our regular seminars are available to view or listen to online

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