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 Simon McGrath, 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


Developing the collective voice of educatorsResearch impact

Developing the collective voice of educators through strengthening education unions

This research is concerned with how unions revitalise their relationship with members in order to build their capacity to represent educators' collective interests.

Read more about this research.

Stephen JosephInspiring people

Stephen Joseph

Promoting wellbeing through psychotherapy

Stephen Joseph is a professor in the School of Education, and convenor for counselling and psychotherapy teaching and training. He is a senior practitioner member of the British Psychological Society.

Read more about this researcher.


Research events

The Role of Language of Instruction in Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

18 October 2018 (12:00-14:00)
C42, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
A Centre for International Education Research Seminar

Open Access: how to access millions of free research articles

24 October 2018 (14:00-16:00)
Exchange Building - Jubilee Campus
An Open Access Week 2018 event

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Research news

Counselling training in higher education in the United Kingdom: challenges and opportunities for research

Article published in Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.
16 October 2018

Time to Listen

New study highlights widespread concern over declining provision of arts and culture in schools
15 October 2018

Measuring privatisation in education: methodological challenges and possibilities

This new article published in Education Review.
08 October 2018

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School of Education

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

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