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 impact

This research focuses on study programmes, qualifications, pedagogy, learner outcomes, policy design and enactment in mathematics education.

Inspiring people

Katy Wakelin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, and a registered Gestalt psychotherapist and supervisor.


Research events

SCUTREA Conference 2019

02 (10:30) - 04 July 2019 (13:30)
Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham
Adult Education 100: Reflections and Reconstructions

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Research news

British Academy Writing Workshop Award

Dr Juliet Thondhlana receives award
07 May 2019

Off-rolling: One in 12 students 'disappeared' from mainstream schools

New article in SecEd with Professor Pat Thomson
01 May 2019

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School of Education

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

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