Organization profile

Organisation profile

About us

Our department is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.

We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.


We pride ourselves upon our high quality of teaching and excellent student satisfaction rates.

The BA Education with Psychology (formerly Childhood, Youth and Education Studies) is our undergraduate programme.

At postgraduate level we offer the full-time MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) programme.

TIhis year we have launched our new one year full-time programme: MA International Education and Globalisation.

Our part-time MA Education is a flexible programme that can be studied via distance learning, at international Study Centres, or on campus at a Summer School.

We also offer research/doctoral programmes including the MRes EducationDoctor of Education (EdD) and Education MPhil and PhD research degrees.


We currently host around 40 academic and research staff, and have over 170 students enrolled on our doctoral programmes studying and researching both on campus and via distance learning throughout the world.

Our research is centred around the following areas:

Further information about our research activities can be found on our research blog

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school Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
teacher Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
university Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences

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Projects 2002 2021

Research Output 1987 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A distributed leadership perspective on the Finnish curriculum reform 2014

Tian, M. & Risku, M., 12 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Curriculum Studies. 51, 2, p. 229-244

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Adult Education as a Tool for the Changing World

Risku, M. & Tian, M., 2019, International Scientific Conference Challenges for High Quality of Adult Education Conference Proceedings. Kangro, I., Fernate, A., Karklina, S. & Kraze, S. (eds.). Riga: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, p. 184-189 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Citation (Scopus)

A 'home-international' comparative analysis of widening participation in UK higher education

Donnelly, M. & Evans, C., 1 Jan 2019, In : Higher Education. 77, 1, p. 97-114 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
educational inequality
social inequality

Student theses

A critical ethnography of teacher development and change in a collaborative group setting to improve practice

Author: Salleh, H., 1 Feb 2008

Supervisor: Wikeley, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


A critical review of graduate employability skills : lessons from the Maltese experience

Author: Thake, A. M., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Cressey, P. (Supervisor) & Lauder, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD