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Research in Education

Over the past five years there has been a revival of interest in Education research. At Cardiff this aspect of our work is positioned as central to the University’s mission to contribute to the health of civil society in Wales and beyond.

Our educational research encompasses four key themes:

  • Childhood, Culture and Identity
  • Education, Skills and Labour Markets
  • Critical Policy Analysis
  • Advances in Research Methodology

The work that is conducted on these themes draws from colleagues across the School who draw upon their different disciplinary backgrounds and skills.

Key Highlights

  • Since 2008 over £15million of external funding has been awarded for educational research conducted by staff in the School.
  • CUREMeDe (Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education) has provided a step-change in the impact of our work in educating the next generation of health professionals.
  • Professor Gareth Rees was a member of the European Science Foundation’s Expert panel on Higher Education Research.
  • Professors Brown, Coffey and James are all members of the Executive Board of the British Journal of the Sociology of Education.
  • The School hosts the EC-funded Network of Experts on Social aspects of Education and Training.
  • Professor Alan Felstead has provided expert reports for government departments in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.