School of Education


What Matters
We recently launched new project called What Matters, aiming to build new networks and relationships. What Matters is about collaboration - people working together to address the questions they think are important.

Our research

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


Simon McGrath

Inspiring people

Simon McGrath

Lead of Sustainable Development

Simon McGrath is Professor of International Education and Development in the School of Education.

Read more about this researcher.


Research events

Women Secondary Headteachers - Pass it On

28 March 2017 (09:30-15:00)
Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Women Secondary Headteachers – Pass it On is a free day-long event at The University of Nottingham and is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Supporting Young People with Autism: Research into Practice

28 March 2017 (16:00-18:30)
C49, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Seminar to mark World Autism Awareness Week

When Liberal Adult Education and Vocational Training Meet: the Folk Development Colleges of Tanzania

31 March 2017 (12:30-14:00)
B33, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
A Centre for International Education Research seminar

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Research news

Improving the outcomes of GCSE maths resists

A new study from the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education will look at the effectiveness of a professional development programme in helping to improve the results of GCSE maths resits.
27 March 2017

School of Education graduate is UKLA Student Researcher of the Year

MA Creativity, Literacies and Learning student wins award
24 March 2017

Merger of Teaching Unions

Professor Howard Stevenson gives his view in the national press on the new National Education Union.
23 March 2017

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School of Education

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5559