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 Technology Enhanced Learning Centre has recently launched a new part-time, online MA in Technology Enhanced Learning to complement the online MA in Education and Social Justice programme linked to the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education.
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.