The Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI)
is a centre of excellence for research in the science and technology of learning. It brings together staff from the Schools of Education, Psychology, and Computer Science, as well as expertise from other disciplines, to explore the fundamental processes and practices of learning, and to design new technologies that enhance human learning and interaction.
The Institute offers a vibrant environment in which to conduct research into learning. Regular seminars and research events offer the opportunity to meet with national and international research leaders. The Institute is a member of the European Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence in technology enhanced learning and has close links with industry, local schools, and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors.
The institute has particular research expertise in the integration of mobile, collaborative and inquiry learning. It has been successful in gaining a major grant from the UK Research Council for a three year project, in collaboration with the Open University, to develop mobile technology for children to explore and understand 21st century science, through inquiry learning between school and home.
The LSRI holds UK grants for projects on tangible technologies, multimedia literacy, and e-portfolios, and is a partner in the National e-Social Science Programme with a project on New Forms of Digital Records. The Institute leads the Mobile Learning Special Interest Group for the European Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence, and is a partner in the European LEAD project on problem-solving through face-to-face networked interaction in the classroom.
The Institute has also had notable success in gaining industry funding and equipment from Nokia, Sharp Labs Europe Ltd, Toshiba and Cadbury Schweppes.
Application process for PhDs
Applications should be made through Postgraduate Applications Online. For further information on how to apply please see the LSRI website.
Candidates should have or expect to gain at least a 2.1 in an undergraduate degree or Masters degree in Psychology, Computer Science, Education or in an appropriate discipline.
Successful candidates will be registered in one of the three lead schools, and will benefit from the research environment and facilities of the Institute.
- The school is a centre of excellence for research in the science and technology of learning.
- The Institute draws upon staff from the founding Schools of Education, Psychology and Computer Science and Information Technology
- The Institute has advanced research facilities and can call upon those of its founding schools