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Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentships Educational Research

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.

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 where inclusiveness, democratic understanding and activity are fundamental to the ways in which we work.

The Faculty offers a vibrant environment where inclusiveness, democratic understanding and activity are fundamental to the ways in which we work. Every postgraduate researcher is invited to join one or more of a number of research groups and networks in the Faculty:

  • Social Justice and Equity in Education Network
  • Narrative Research Network
  • Higher Education Research Group (HERG)
  • Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Network
  • Inclusion and Diversity Network
  • Participatory and Action Research Network

These groups actively engage with, and support, research undertaken within the Faculty which explores education across the spectrum, the different sites in which learning takes place, and critically reflects on educational policy and practice.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research areas webpages. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the recent research outputs of each member of staff.

  • Social justice and equity
  • Higher education policy and practice
  • Teaching, learning, assessment, and curriculum
  • Inclusion, diversity, and identity
  • Children’s rights and wellbeing

We welcome applications which draw on either qualitative, quantitative or non-empirical approaches.

All PGRs will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise.

Contact

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

Research themes

Social justice and equity

  • Educational Policy and Social Justice
  • Socially just pedagogies.
  • Education for sustainability and eco-justice.
  • Marginalised groups and intersectionality.
  • The under-3s
  • Special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Gender equality and diversity.
  • Language and education.
  • Access to education, widening participation and social mobility.
  • Class and cultural capital.
  • Children’s rights and student voice.
  • Educational values

Higher Education Policy and Practice

  • Philosophy of higher education
  • Citizenship, educational research, and policy
  • Academic professionalism
  • Employability
  • Internationalisation of higher education
  • Management, governance, and institutional change
  • Quality and quality evaluation
  • Student experience, engagement and belonging (international students, Black and Minority Ethnic Students, part-time, mature, commuter students, first generation entrants)
  • Widening participation, including access (e.g., pre-entry, admission, transition) and success (e.g. continuation, attainment, employability, value added, etc)

Inclusion, diversity, and identity

  • Inclusion, marginalisation, and disadvantage
  • Pupil / student experience
  • Educational identities of staff or students in Early Years Education, Primary, Secondary, Alternative and Post-16 education
  • Religious identities
  • Gender, identity, and sexuality,
  • Educational philosophy,
  • Citizenship, and the impact of policy in informal (family) settings 
  • Queer theory, queer religious studies, theology, and religious education
  • Special educational needs
  • Fundamental British Values
  • Language and discrimination
  • Language, race, and social class

Teaching, learning, assessment, and curriculum

  • Transformative education
  • Educational histories and experiences of staff or students in Early Years Education, Primary, Secondary, Alternative and Post-16 education
  • Curriculum studies
  • Moral and religious education
  • Social justice and education
  • Initial teacher education
  • Learning outside the classroom
  • Practitioners / inter-professional working in education settings
  • Policy archaeology
  • digital technologies in educational practices

Children’s rights and wellbeing

  • Child protection, safeguarding and mental health
  • Children’s rights
  • Children’s voices