Our staff engage with education policy at multiple levels integrating a variety of methods to generate deep insights. Special foci include research on international and comparative assessment schemes (such as PISA) and measurements of educational outcomes, analyses of long-term trends in educational social mobility and the interplay between civic education and civic engagement of young people. Research conducted by staff members in our fieldhas been used widely to influence policy making in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere. In addition our staff have contributed to the development of teaching materials for schools creating a wide reach for the work undertaken.





Early Learning and Childcare Provision

An international review of how policy, delivery and funding affect early learning and childcare provision.

Governing by Inspection

This three-year research project, funded by the ESRC and the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsr├ądet) compares the use of school inspection as a form of governing of education in the three systems of Sweden, Scotland and England, in the context of current changes in inspection practices in Europe.

Attitudes to Gaelic

The research aims to provide statistical advice to national policy makers as well as informing the development of language planning at the national and community level.

Place-based Learning

Exploring approaches and examples from Norway, Scotland and Alabama (USA).

News & Events


19 Sep 2016

Social Policy Senior Lecturer Sotiria Grek wins ERC grant

Sotiria Grek, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, has been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC-StG-2016).
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23 March, 2018

What is the value of a university education?

Seminar: Hugh Robson Building Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Lord David Willetts # Chair, Resolution Foundation, and former UK minister for Universities and Science
15:00 (3 hours)
14 October, 2016

Children as political actors and the strange permeability of disciplinary boundaries

Seminar: Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Speaker: Nigel Thomas # University of Central Lancashire
15:00 (2 hours and 30 minutes)