Research in Education

The School of Education at the University of Glasgow is a large and dynamic unit which brings together researchers with expertise across all sectors of education: formal and non-formal, pre-school through to higher, adult and community education. The School prides itself on the effective integration of research, theory, policy and practice.

The key feature of our research is our commitment to placing educational research as part of an interdisciplinary agenda to support the development of more equitable societies in the spirit of social justice and its contribution to producing better places locally, nationally and globally. This is evidenced in a number of ways, including through our contributions to major programmes of work such as What Works Scotland and the Urban Big Data Centre, both funded by the ESRC.

A second important dimension of our work is the critical interaction with government and policymakers at national and international level. For Scotland in particular, we seek to be a major source of research-informed evidence that contributes to positive economic and societal impact, benefiting all citizens of the country. Key members of the School play significant roles within government through a range of secondments and knowledge exchange activity with for example, Scottish Government, Education Scotland, the Scottish College of Educational Leadership, the Scottish Qualifications’ Authority and the General Teaching Council Scotland. One professor is the Scottish Government Senior Academic Advisor to the Attainment Challenge; another acts as a critical friend to the Scottish Governmental review of provision post 15, The Learner Journey 15-24, is a member of the Cabinet Secretary’s review committee for Assessment and National Qualifications and of the National Improvement Framework group.