School of Education


We are proud of the research work undertaken in the School of Education, and the quality of this work is widely recognised.

Much of our research activity is organised through six different research centres. These pages also indicate areas of specialism for those interested in postgraduate and postdoctoral research.

Research centres




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. If you are interested in postgraduate research opportunities please look at our dedicated page for PhD/EdD applicants.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any issues further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Professor Howard Stevenson

Director of Research

Research events

Complexities of Learning and Shifts of Attention: one six-year-old's learning of number with an ordinal perspective

31 May 2016 (16:30-18:00)
C45, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus

The Adult Learning Dimensions to The Sustainable Development Goals

03 June 2016 (12:00-13:30)
A34, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
This seminar will explore why adult learning was marginalised in Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals and asks whether they will again be marginalised under the SDGs

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Research news

New Report - The Influence of Curricula Content on English Sociology Students' Transformations: the case of feminist knowledge

This paper explores the role that feminist knowledge, embedded in sociology curricula in four English universities, plays in enabling graduates to tackle gender inequality.
17 March 2016

New Book - Sex and Religion

A new book project featuring two University of Nottingham scholars (translated by Maike Oergel and introduced by Gary Winship), has been highlighted in Books that May Be of Interest to Women Scholars.
10 February 2016

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School of Education

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

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