School of Education


What Matters
We recently launched new project called What Matters, aiming to build new networks and relationships. What Matters is about collaboration - people working together to address the questions they think are important.

Our research

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.
Simon McGrath

Inspiring people

Simon McGrath

Lead of Sustainable Development

Simon McGrath is Professor of International Education and Development in the School of Education and the UNESCO Chair in the Political Economy of Education.

Read more about this researcher.


Research events

The potential and pitfalls of the capabilities approach in vocational education and training

30 June 2017 (12:00-14:00)
C35 Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
This is a Centre for International Education Research Seminar

Transforming secondary mathematics classroom practice through participatory action research

12 July 2017 (16:30-18:00)
C35, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
This is a Centre for Research in Mathematics Education seminar

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Research news

Teachers' Worlds and Works: Understanding Complexity, Building Quality

New book from Professor Christopher Day
26 June 2017

PhD congratulations

Congratulations to Dr Sharon Clancy on the successful defence of her PhD thesis
22 June 2017

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School of Education

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5559