Research in the Faculty of Education

About us

The Faculty of Education offers a vibrant environment in which social inclusiveness and democratic understanding are fundamental to the ways in which we work. Research within the Faculty explores the different sites in which learning takes place and the contexts that enable transformational learning while critically reflecting on educational policy and practice. The principles and ideals of accountability, social inclusiveness, justice and equity inform our research and impact strategy.

Current research themes:

  • Learners, teachers and identity
  • Young people’s perceptions of religion; religious hate crimes
  • Cyberharassment and cyberstalking
  • Education policy development and impact
  • Educational leadership
  • Education and care
  • Marginalisation and disadvantage in educational practice
  • Access to Further and Higher Education

Our educational research was rated highly in the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 76% of our research rated as internationally recognised, internationally excellent, or world-leading.

Overall, Edge Hill University was listed as the biggest improver in the league table published in The Times (+33 places) – further details available here – and has been named University of the Year in the 10th annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards in 2014-15.

If you would like to know more about our research please contact


Research News

New seminar list published

The programme for Research Seminars 2018-19 in the Faculty of Education is now available.

We’re delighted to welcome researchers from across the UK, covering a wide range of research fields. The programme opens with a short series linked to ‘feminism and education’.  These three seminars are linked to the centenary of (some) women’s right to vote for the first time, celebrated at Edge Hill as ‘Wonder Women’, encompassing black feminisms, the feminization of teaching, and women’s role in education policy-making.

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In April, the Faculty of Education hosted an international scholar for a seminar in collaboration with I4P.Linno Rhodes, Olympic Adult Education (Australia)
Adult Literacy – Between the lines: trauma, attachment and relational sciences
Monday 23rd April 2018
The focus of Linno’s presentation will be the exploration of applied research in the areas of trauma, adult attachment theories, and the impact of positive interactions between student/student dyad and teacher/student dyad.
For more information see the event details at I4P.


New Developments in Contemporary Research in the Faculty of Education: a seminar series for all those interested in ideas and practice.

Coming soon: An exciting new series of research seminars addressing the latest developments in education research is being put together especially for the Faculty of Education. Presentations will be given by the Faculty’s PhD community (including GTA’s and staff) who will talk about their new research and share their research experiences, interests and enthusiasm in the Faculty of Education in a friendly and open environment. It is a chance to learn what great new research is being done by our immediate colleagues and to learn from them.

There will be two speakers per session with plenty of time for Q&A and this series will be running once a month. The presentations will be approximately twenty minutes, and the whole session will last an hour. We have eight confirmed speakers set to share their research interests with us over the next four months. The goals of this new series are to inform, stimulate and hopefully to inspire others to engage in the development of new knowledge to help shape and define our discipline.

Dates and times of the first seminar will be released soon, so keep an eye on your mailbox and please join us for what will be a stimulating and thought-provoking session, full of new ideas, and plenty of discussion in a relaxed environment.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch along to any lunchtime sessions.

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you would be interested in presenting your research at one of our seminars please contact

The unique video of the Edge Hill University Autism Catalyst Event, led by Dr Fiona Hallett, is now available to view.

Upcoming Events

Research seminars linked to key faculty research themes are held throughout the academic year.

The next research seminar will be:

Dr Wendy Symes, University of Birmingham

Tackling test anxiety: a randomised controlled trial of attention bias modification training in GCSE students with test anxiety

Tuesday 12th June 2018 • 12.45-2.00pm E2

The full programme of research seminars in the faculty is also available.

Every year the faculty holds an ‘Annual Conference for Research in Education’ (ACRE). Colleagues and external presenters are invited to submit papers. More information is available on the conference pages.

Postgraduate Research

Opportunities as Graduate Teacher Assistants, a unique position in the University, being both registered students and carrying out teaching/teaching support duties are advertised through the university’s recruitment pages.

The next start date for the Masters by Research in Education programme is October 2018.

Current Research Projects

The following projects illustrate our commitment to and enactment of our research strategy:

Professor Tim Cain ‘How Teachers use Research’
Dr Vicky Duckworth ‘Transforming Lives’
Dr Francis Farrell ‘What is Britishness? Examining the perceptions of teachers, pupils, trainee teachers and teacher educators’
Dr Fiona Hallett ‘Autism Catalyst’
Dr Mary McAteer  ‘Ubunye: Empowering parents in disadvantaged South African communities to support classroom learning’ and ‘Evaluation of ECC keep-up/catch-up programme’.
Professor Liz Thomas ‘Widening Participation’
RISE Research Team Inclusion