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
The Director of CERES (Professor Dave Putwain) provides overall leadership in collaboration with the Faculty Research Manager (Wendy Bowe) who deals with operational aspects, whilst the strategic direction of the Centre is set by a committee of research leaders which reports to the Head of School and Dean of Faculty.
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 is clustered around five themes:
- Technologies of learning, teaching and training
- Relational learning
- Professional research, practice and learning
- Sustainability, social justice and inclusion
- Critical pedagogies and theories for post-compulsory and informal education
In addition we have links to other areas of the University involved in educational research: