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UoA 23 Education

With a GPA of 3.55, we are 3rd in the UK for our Education research. We achieved the highest possible score of 4.0 for our research impact. We are 5th in the UK for our outputs. Overall, over 90% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our research focuses on children’s and young people’s welfare, learning and pedagogy from the early years to professional education, and education, skills and labour markets.

We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.

Our results

Quality level 4 star % 3 star % 2 star % 1 star %Unclassified %
Outputs 49.434.

Our research environment

Education research at Cardiff University benefits from its location in the interdisciplinary School of Social Sciences. This facilitates analyses of the interconnectedness of social, emotional and economic processes that bear on educational experiences and outcomes from the early years to adulthood.

Our education research addresses 3 broad and overlapping areas: children’s and young people’s welfare; knowledge, learning and pedagogy; and education, skills and labour markets.

In order to ensure our research is both useful and used, we engage with 3 main beneficiary groups: policymakers, professionals and wider communities. Evidence of our impact can be found in the many ways in which we have shaped education policy in Wales and beyond, supported teachers and schools, and contributed to public debates about the future of education.

We supervised over 60 doctoral students to the completion of their education research, and 29 of these were awarded studentships from the Economic and Social Research Council.

These activities are underpinned by significant funding investment. Since 2014, over £25 million has been awarded for education research, an increase of 60% from the previous REF period. SPARK, the world’s first social science research park, based on our £300 million innovation campus, now provides state-of-the art infrastructure for many of the School’s education-focused research centres.

These investments will enable our researchers to remain committed to working with other researchers and stakeholders to address the enduring challenges of how to foster the education and wellbeing of allcitizens from early childhood to adulthood.

Discover our research

Our research has a record of impacting upon public debate, policy development and practice based innovations, while our researchers regularly work with the Welsh Government and other public agencies to enact real-life change for specific social issues and problems.

Transforming relationships and sex education in Wales, England, and internationally

Professor EJ Renold’s work has made sure the views of young people are central to new legislation and policies.

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Research at the School of Social Sciences

Our research is interdisciplinary, innovative and has impact. We are committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus.

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Impact at the School of Social Sciences

We are proud of our record of impacting upon public debate, policy development and practice based innovations.