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 Howard Stevenson, 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.
Geoff Wake

Inspiring people

Geoff Wake

Understanding how people connect with mathematics

Geoff Wake is Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education, and convenor of the school's Centre for Research in Mathematics Education.

Read more about this researcher.


Research events

Contract cheating and assessment design

22 May 2018 (16:00-17:00)
A32, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
A Learning Sciences Research Institute Workshop

ISSPP Research and Practice Conference 2018 – Inspiring Learning in Schools

06 (08:00) - 09 June 2018 (12:00)
Jubilee Conference Centre, NG7 2TU

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Research news

New book - Education and Development

New book from Professor Simon McGrath
17 May 2018

Remembering Alan Bell

Professor Hugh Burkhardt remembers Alan and his work in an obituary
10 May 2018

The Essentials of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Primary Schools

New book from Gary Winship
01 May 2018

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School of Education

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

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