The research of the School is organized through research and teaching groups (RTGs) and centres and with staff allocated to these on the basis of their research interests. These are:

Our specialist research centres and networks attract members from across the School and beyond. The Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL) and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change promote high-quality, policy-relevant research within their thematic domains. A key university-wide network draws leadership from the School, the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), which is co-directed from within the School from the Creativity, Culture and Faith RTG. The School also hosts the European Centre of PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Learning Regions, a development from the work of the OECD in this field.

The School is recognised as a leader in the fields of teacher education and educational research, including within post-compulsory education, which also encompasses higher education. In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, 74% of its research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading, and in terms of research power as measured by the REF is ranked 5th in the whole of the UK. Currently it has some 58 research active staff, including 15 professors, and attracts significant external funding for research from the Research Councils of the UK, the British Academy, the British Council, overseas national research councils including in Canada and Australia, the EC Horizon 2020 programme and various DGs of the EC, the UK and Scottish Government and its agencies, and charities.