Centre for International Education Research (CIER)
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The Centre for International Education Research (CIER) sees education as a site of study for wider, contested processes such as development, globalisation and technological change. Its members believe that education is a lifelong and lifewide process that should promote social justice, equality, citizenship and democracy.

Research currently focuses on: 

  • higher education internationally, including professional development, student experience and the role of English 
  • current and historical role of higher, adult and vocational education in promoting human development 
  • place of education in the global development agenda
Centre for International Education Research

Centre for International Education Research


Centre members have conducted research in all regions of the world and have worked closely with a range of international organisations, most notably UNESCO.

Professor Simon McGrath
Centre Convenor

CIER news

PhD congratulations

Congratulations to Dr Sharon Clancy on the successful defence of her PhD thesis
22 June 2017

Adult and Lifelong Education - New Book

Adult and Lifelong Education explores why politicians, researchers, and practitioners involved in educating post-school young people and adults have quietly abandoned the term 'education' in favour of 'learning'.
05 December 2016

The School of Education invites applications for PhD study within the Nottingham Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).
28 November 2016

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Centre for International Education Research

The University of Nottingham
School of Education
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 4543