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


School leadersResearch impact

Improving the effectiveness of school leaders and teachers

This research aimed to understand how to develop policies and professional development programmes that raise standards of teaching and thus pupils' learning and achievement.

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

The Role of Conductive Education in an Early Years Setting

20 March 2018 (16:30-18:30)
A32, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Part of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Seminar Series 2017/8

Joining up Networks in Education for Women (JuNE4W)

21 March 2018 (13:00-17:00)
C49, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
A #WomenEd East Midlands event

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Research news


Designed to improve GCSE re-sit results in mathematics.
08 March 2018

Six ways to boost children's handwriting

New article in TES
08 March 2018

QS World University Rankings by Subject

School of Education ranked 4th in UK
05 March 2018

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School of Education

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

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