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). 

Kyungmee Lee is the International Students' tutor.  Please contact contact Kyungmee if you have any queries.

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

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.

Small group meetings

Traditional route PhD students have the opportunity to participate in informal monthly workshops on a variety of topics. Brett Bligh is the Director of the Traditional Route PhD programme; please contact him to join these workshops or set up other events for PhD students.

There are regular peer-supported writing days 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.

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

Research seminars

PhD students regularly contribute to, and attend (in person and via livestream), 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.