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


Research events

The Future of Creativity

22 January 2019 (16:00-18:00)
A32, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
A School of Education Seminar hosted by the Learning Sciences Research Institute

Educating about Genocide: Remembering the Pink Triangle Prisoners of Sachsenhausen

25 January 2019 (12:30-13:30)
Jubilee Campus, LT1 Exchange Building
An event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

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Research news

The relationship between inquiry-based teaching and students' achievement

New paper published in Learning and Instruction,
14 January 2019

New commission launched to tackle challenges of adult education

Leading universities, including the University of Nottingham, and adult education charities have joined forces to create a new commission to tackle the challenges faced in educating people throughout their lives in England.
11 January 2019

Variation for the Nation

TES article focusing on variation theory, co-authored by Professor Geoff Wake
07 January 2019

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School of Education

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

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