About Education at Brunel

‘We become ourselves through others.’
- Lev Vygotsky

Education is very important to Brunel. Built on the foundations of three of the oldest teacher training colleges in the British Commonwealth, Brunel’s commitment to Education is reflected in an expanding portfolio of innovative taught programmes and an increasingly strong research profile. We have benefited from strategic investment in new posts by the university and also from the enthusiasm, dedication and expertise of our academic and administrative staff.

Education at Brunel has its origins in the Borough Road College founded by Joseph Lancaster in 1798, the Maria Grey College and Shoreditch College of Education, each with its own distinctive mission for the training of teachers, the education of women and the academic study of Education. Click here for information about our predecessor colleges.

We offer a distinctive and highly-regarded undergraduate programme in Contemporary Education studies and from 2014 (subject to validation) joint Arts and Education degrees, all of which have placements and work-based learning as a component.

We continue to develop pioneering forms of initial teacher training at postgraduate level for intending primary and secondary teachers, with our primary provision graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ and our secondary provision as ‘Good with outstanding features.’ We are working with a broad range of school partners to develop new designs for school-led, HEI-partnered initial qualifications within the framework of a new Master of Arts in Teaching (subject to validation).

Our Continuing Professional Development opportunities include an MA in Education with specialist pathways, M-level short courses and a relationship with the National College for Teaching and Leadership through our partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council. We will also offer a newly-revised EdD designed to meet the needs of busy professionals who have responsibility for leading learning in their organisations.

Brunel’s PhD in Education is available on a full and part-time basis with expert supervision by our internationally-recognised, research-active academic staff. Research is organized through two main research groups, Pedaogy and Professional Practice (PPP) and Educational Identities and Social Inclusion (EISI). Our research has been funded by UK research councils such as the ESRC, AHRC and the British Academy, as well as by a range of international charities.

Based in Uxbridge, we believe it is important to work hard locally, here in west London, if our work is to have a global reach. Research and development initiatives such as the Urban Scholars Programme led by Professor Valsa Koshy and the advanced statistical interrogation of large data sets concerned with bullying by Professor Ian Rivers are just two examples of how our work has both local and global impact.

Education at Brunel: looking to the future with pride in its history.

Page last updated: Friday 25 October 2013