School of Education


What Matters
We recently launched new project called What Matters, aiming to build new networks and relationships. What Matters is about collaboration - people working together to address the questions they think are important.

Our research

Much of the School of Education's research activity is organised through six different research centres. The centres also indicate areas of specialism for those interested in postgraduate research.

As a research community we are committed to undertaking and sharing our research so that our work makes a difference. We are interested in understanding 'what works' in education, and how we can improve educational practices and policy.

However, we locate these concerns within a broader set of questions about 'what matters'. What is the role of education in contributing to a more fulfilling, richer and socially just quality of life both for individuals and society?

Researchers in the School of Education draw on a wide range of research methods and traditions, and work with a diverse range of partners. Our partners range from teachers and community organisers in Nottingham through to national governments and international policy bodies.

The School of Education has a strong commitment to developing our discipline and offers a rich environment for those looking to undertake postgraduate research.

Professor Howard Stevenson, Director of Research

REF results

In the latest Research Excellence Framework:

  • we ranked 3rd in the UK
  • 84% of our research was considered 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' with 55% rated at the highest score
  • all of our submission relating to research impact and research environment was considered to be 'world-leading' - our school is the only education submission to achieve this

Our postgraduate research programme


Simon McGrath

Inspiring people

Simon McGrath

Lead of Sustainable Development

Simon McGrath is Professor of International Education and Development in the School of Education.

Read more about this researcher.


Research events

What is Helpful for Counsellors to know about Trauma and PTSD

02 May 2017 (18:00-19:30)
A34, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Trauma Studies Seminar Series 2016/17

A Vision of Successful Pedagogy in the African Context: The Case of Speed Schools in Ethiopia

08 May 2017 (12:00-14:00)
C42, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
This presentation focuses on the pedagogy enacted within Speed Schools, a complementary education initiative providing a catch-up education for out-of-school children in Ethiopia.

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Research news

Where are all the women heads?

Report from Dr Kay Fuller suggests women will remain under-represented among secondary head teachers till 2040
07 April 2017

Congratulations Dr Biddulph

Dr Mary Biddulph has successfully defended her doctoral thesis
05 April 2017

Female senior secondary physics students' engagement in science: a qualitative study of constructive influences

Research investigating the views and experiences of female students currently studying upper secondary school physics
30 March 2017

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School of Education

The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5559