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 Volker Wedekind
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

Young carer

Research impact

Research has led to the development of three psychometric self-report tools that can be used for the assessment of caring activities and caring outcomes in children, young people, and adults.

Juliet Thondhlana

Inspiring people

Juliet Thondhlana is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, and a member of the Centre for International Education Research. Her research focuses on education and migration.


Research events

Summer Celebration of Education

28 June (14:00) - 01 July 2021 (18:00)
Online (Microsoft Teams)
Shaping the future, together. This event will bring together teachers, researchers, teacher educators and other education professionals to listen, talk, reflect and look to the future.

Research news

PhD student secures funding for Poetry and Mental Health Workshops

Mark Pearson sets up pilot project in collaboration with Writing East Midlands
16 June 2021

Challenges Arising from the Special Education Legacy in Russia and South Africa: a cross-case analysis

Article co-authored by Dr Elizabeth Walton in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.
08 June 2021


School of Education

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

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