Centre for Educational Research

Leading the way in educational research

The Centre was established in 2004 and has an extensive record of conducting educational research that has been influential locally, nationally and internationally

The Centre for Educational Research (CERES) is located in the School of Education within the Faculty of Education, Health and Community. In the REF 2014 61% of CERES research was rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'. CERES acts as a developmental focus for educational research in the Faculty but also has strong links with the University’s Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) and with educational researchers across the University.

The core aims of CERES are to:
  • undertake world-class research and lead the debates on the future of education and educational research
  • contribute to the development of a research-based understanding of policy and practice in education
  • work closely with the potential users of educational research
  • offer a supportive research community with clear research induction and support for doctoral students and early career researchers
  • promote the development of pedagogical research, theory and advanced research methods
Current projects include:

MyTime, Dr Lorna Bookes

MyTime is a project that aims to provide support to children of prisoners. Currently we are building a self help app for children of prisoners which is being co-created by a group of prisoners children from Liverpool with app designers. Once the prototype is complete, children of prisoners nationally and internationally will evaluate this prototype and this will inform the design of the intended end product. Our vision is that children of prisoners from around the globe will have a safe digital space from which to access support, both from their peers and from professionals.

Exam Anxiety, Professor Dave Putwain

Professor Putwain has a long-standing interest in the stress and anxiety that students experience when undertaking high-stakes exams. He is currently working on a British Academy funded project to develop an instrument that will be able to identify those students for whom high levels of exam anxiety present an emotional or academic risk, and then conduct cognitive-behavioural intervention to help students to manage their exam anxiety more effectively.

Chemistry for All (CfA), Dr Andrea Mallaburn

Chemistry for All (CfA) is a 5-year longitudinal project that has been funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to investigate the barriers for low socio-economic status (SES) learners in making the transition to study Chemistry at University. It is recognised that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are underrepresented in Higher Education and in graduate careers, particularly in the sciences. These pupils may have lower attainment, attitudinal issues and low levels of self-esteem and aspiration. The programme is designed to engage this demographic learner to enthuse them with Chemistry and to potentially raise attainment by them accessing tasks with a high cognitive demand.

CERES is an inclusive centre and welcomes all staff of the University who engage in educational research. It produces world-class publications and secures significant external funding for its research. The Centre prides itself on ensuring that research excellence is combined with the dissemination and support for research-informed practice with the aim of enhancing the quality of the academic and professional learning programmes in the Faculty and across the wider University. It provides leadership in a range of its activities concerned with research induction, capacity-building, external funding, publications, and ongoing support and training for educational researchers. It also seeks to engage with the wider education and social research community through the dissemination of its activities and outcomes in order to maximise research impact on user communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Our expertise

Our expertise is clustered around five themes:

In addition we have links to other areas of the University involved in educational research: