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Educational Research – Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentship

PGRs working on education-related projects are normally housed in the Faculty of Education.

The Graduate Teaching Assistant role is an opportunity to join our collaborative teaching and research culture, which is underpinned by the principles and ideals of social inclusiveness, justice and equity. In appointing Graduate Teaching Assistants, we offer the opportunity to work alongside our passionate and committed staff based within the Faculty of Education who share these values and ambitions. The Faculty offers a vibrant environment around Teacher Education and work with Children, Young People and Families, where inclusiveness and democratic understanding are fundamental to the ways in which we work.

All postgraduate researchers are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. PGRs working on education-related projects are normally housed in the Faculty of Education.

Every postgraduate researcher will join one or more of our research networks that drive research and knowledge exchange within the Faculty, across the university and with our external partnership of schools, colleges and settings. The strategic direction of the Faculty’s research is focussed on the themes that our networks represent.

Research themes

Higher Education Research Network (HERN)

  • Philosophy of higher education
  • The student experience, engagement and belonging
  • Pedagogy, policy and practice within Higher Education
  • Access to education, widening participation and social mobility.

Children’s Rights and Families Research Network

  • Child protection, safeguarding and mental health
  • Children’s rights and pupil voice
  • Under 3s
  • Families, parents and upbringing

Inclusion, Diversity and Identities Research Network

  • Diverse identities in education
  • Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • Marginalisation and disadvantage
  • Cultural capital and class

Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Network

  • Teacher education and professional development
  • School curriculum and subjects, and learning outside the classroom
  • School improvement
  • Socially just pedagogies

The University welcomes applications for studentships in the specific project areas outlined above. Applications may draw on range of methodological approaches, either empirical or philosophical/conceptual/theoretical. Additional information can be found by following the hyperlinks to the networks above.  Please also, see the University’s research repository for further information about our staff and their research.

In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to education to with Dr Christine Lewis, Graduate School Research Degree Contact for educational research included (