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Our research community welcomes you

If you join us as a student, you will be undertaking a degree in a department that has a world class reputation for excellence in both teaching and research.  All our 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 Education, Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning.

Since the first Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1992 the Department has consistently been judged to be one of the best in the UK. 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.

Our teaching is consistently rated as excellent by students, external examiners, and internal and external reviewers. We have extensive experience of successfully teaching and supervising at PhD and MA level, both online and face-to-face. We consistently achieve very high ratings from our postgraduate students on the quality of teaching and supervision they receive.

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

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

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 Brett 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 Ann-Marie 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. Please visit our Events page for details of forthcoming seminars.

Many past seminars are available to view online via our Seminar Series 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.