School of Education


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


School leadersResearch impact

Improving the effectiveness of school leaders and teachers

This research aimed to understand how to develop policies and professional development programmes that raise standards of teaching and thus pupils' learning and achievement.

Read more about this research.
Geoff Wake

Inspiring people

Geoff Wake

Understanding how people connect with mathematics

Geoff Wake is Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education, and convenor of the school's Centre for Research in Mathematics Education.

Read more about this researcher.


Research events

Inspiring Teaching: What we can learn from exemplary practitioners

01 February 2018 (11:00-12:30)
A35, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
This is a Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management seminar

Supporting Children with Autism in Mainstream Schools

07 February 2018 (16:30-18:30)
C42, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Part of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Seminar Series 2017/8

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Research news

Celebrating 50 years of the Shell Centre

Article published in TES
13 December 2017

Improving Maths in Key Stages 2 and 3

An Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) report
04 December 2017

Boarding for 'in need' children

An Education Endowent Foundation (EEF) funded project
30 November 2017

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School of Education

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

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