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Michael Adkins

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences



Mike is a senior research fellow based in the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education (CRME) based in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. A former political scientist, he has a PhD in Comparative European Politics from the University of Birmingham awarded in 2010. His expertise lies in the application of advanced statistical analysis to large social science datasets. He works on a number of randomised controlled trials funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, as well as Nuffield Foundation projects looking at the teaching of mathematics in Further Education sector, and the comparative analysis of student engagement, attainment and interest in secondary school science using the PISA 2015 dataset.

His research interests are broadly focused on the following:

  • Educational Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Mathematics and Science Education
  • Applied Bayesian Statistics
  • Multilevel/Hierarchical Modelling
  • Comparative Politics
  • European Union Politics

Teaching Summary

This academic year I am co-convenor on the Fundamentals in Quantitative Analysis module for taught Masters and ESRC doctoral students.

Prior to taking up my post in Nottingham I taught on the following modules at the University of Birmingham, Aston University and the University of Leicester:

  • Research Skills and Methods (convenor)
  • Comparative European Government (co-convenor)
  • Cultural Research Methods (co-convenor)
  • Research Methods in Political and Social Studies (convenor)
  • European Union Politics (tutor)
  • Europe in a Globalised World (convenor and co-convenor)

School of Education

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

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