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.

Stephen JosephInspiring people

Stephen Joseph

Promoting wellbeing through psychotherapy

Stephen Joseph is a professor in the School of Education, and convenor for counselling and psychotherapy teaching and training. He is a senior practitioner member of the British Psychological Society.

Read more about this researcher.


Research events

The effects of coloniality on 'our' collective psyche: how the postcolonial Nigerian education system struggles to deal with an alternative knowledge system

28 September 2018 (12:00-14:00)
Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
A Centre for International Education Research Seminar

Education research: what contribution can we make?

15 (09:30) - 16 November 2018 (17:00)
Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
School of Education postgraduate research conference

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Research news

Contributions from the person-centred experiential approach to the field of social pedagogy

New article from Dr David Murphy and Professor Stephen Joseph
19 July 2018

International Conference of the Learning Sciences

Staff and students of the University of Nottingham's Learning Sciences Research Institute will share their research at this conference, 23-27 June
25 June 2018

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School of Education

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

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