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Educational Research – Graduate Teaching Assistant 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 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:

  • Higher Education Research Network
  • Pedagogy & Curriculum Network
  • Education for Social Justice Network
  • Inclusion, Diversity & Identity Network
  • Children’s Rights & Wellbeing 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.

“You never feel like you’re out of your depth, or you don’t know where to go next. There’s always help available from supervisors and colleagues here.”

Amelia Ernest – Education Graduate Teaching Assistant


In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to education to Dr Christine Lewis, Graduate School Research Degree Contact for educational research, by emailing [email protected] stating the specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list.

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 (including pre-entry, admission, transition) and success (such as. continuation, attainment, employability, value added, and others).

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.