School of Education


The School of Education's research is among the most significant and influential of its kind in the world. We are the sole UK partner in the Network of Academic Programs in the Learning Sciences, a network of postgraduate programmes under the International Society of the Learning Sciences.

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The School of Education has a strong commitment to developing our discipline and offers a rich environment for those looking to undertake postgraduate research.  

Our research takes an interest in understanding 'what works' in education, and how we can improve educational practices and policy. We locate these concerns within a broader set of questions around '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?  

We organise our research through six different research centres and we have a diverse range of partners, from teachers and community organisers in Nottingham through to national governments and international policy bodies. 

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Research centres

Six research centres are hosted within the School of Education and much of the research portfolio is aimed at having a real impact upon learners, organisations and educational systems.

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Researcher profile

Juliet Thondhlana is an Associate Professor and a member of the Centre for International Education Research. Her research focuses on education and migration.

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Seminars and events

The School of Education runs a series of seminars and events, some focus on general education issues but most relate to the more specialist interests of the school's research centres.


Latest research news

School Leaders' Work and Well Being

Report on how changes to education due to Covid-19 pandemic has affected school leaders
29 November 2021

Conceptualising Regional Skills Ecosystems: Reflections on Four African Cases

Article published in the International Journal of Training and Development, co-authored by Professor Volker Wedekind, Dr Jo-Anna Russon and Professor Simon McGrath
22 November 2021

Degrees of Success: The Transitions from Vocational to Higher Education

New book, co-authored by Dr Eugenia Katartzi
22 November 2021
In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 84% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, with 55% rated at the highest score.
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Society impact studies

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Black History Month: reflecting on Roots/Routes

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Improving the quality and professionalism of civil servants and strengthening democracy

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Empowering vulnerable communities to fight Covid-19: the case of Zimbabwe

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School of Education

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

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