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Our research informs educational policy and practice Our research informs educational policy and practice

Queen's School of Education is a thriving and dynamic research unit with a strong research culture and ambitious research strategy. We are committed to ensuring that it undertakes the highest quality research that contributes fully to the development of education policy and practice locally and globally.

Reflecting its distinctive areas of specialist expertise, we seek to contribute to the development of educational policies and programmes that:

  • promote social cohesion, good relations and respect for diversity;
  • reduce educational inequalities and promote social inclusion;
  • realise the rights of children and young people, particularly those from disadvantaged and marginalised groups;
  • are effective in improving social and educational outcomes for all learners.

The School has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014).

We are an active and innovative School with over 150 doctoral students, supported by our Doctoral Research Centre. Over the last five years, we have attracted over £13 million in external research income. We are centrally involved in a wide range of collaborative networks, locally, nationally and internationally.

We undertake a wide range of research that falls within two broad themes: pedagogy, learning and¬†curriculum; and human rights, equality¬†and social cohesion in education. Underpinning all of our research is a commitment to achieving a real impact in the lives of educators and learners.

We are home to four globally recognised research centres. More information on our work and achievements can be found through the menu to the right.

Centre for Behaviour Analysis

Centre for Effective Education

Centre for Children's Rights

Centre for Shared Education