Our Education department is committed to social justice. We are situated in an ethnically and culturally rich urban and suburban community, which we seek to engage with and serve through our portfolio of activities. Our student and staff body are representative of the international profile of the Department and our commitment to social justice permeates all aspects of our work, which includes outreach activities and research demonstrating impact in relation to widening participation and social mobility.
The Department of Education strives to be the most innovative in London. Based on the oldest teacher education colleges in the British Commonwealth – each with a unique history - we offer research-led programmes for teachers and other education professionals and those with an interest in the academic study of education and schooling. Research and scholarly activity in the Department includes work in the fields of philosophy, professional education, educational identities and narratives, equality and diversity, transgressive educational spaces, inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, higher education policy and practice, literature and the humanities, social mobility, STEM education and interculturality for diversity and global learning. Our research is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Higher Education Academy and many other organisations and charities. We are committed to working locally, nationally and globally and the impact of our research reflects that aspiration. In the 2014 REF, 60% of the Department of Education's research was world-leading or internationally excellent, and 90% of our impact was graded as internationally excellent. Staff specialisms fit into the four research groups in the Department: Education, Identities and Society, Interculturality for diversity and global learning, Pedagogy and Professional Education, and STEM Education.
Our Doctoral Researchers are a key part of our research and scholarly community and we seek to nurture and develop them as the next generation of researchers in education who both create and co-create new knowledge in order to advance the field. We view education as a discipline in its own right as well as drawing on other disciplinary fields such as history, philosophy and sociology to inform provision for our EdD Doctoral Researchers. We believe in the holistic development of the researcher and offer opportunities for doctoral researchers to become fully immersed in Department, College and wider University research networks, providing them with new insights into theory, methodology, methods, ethics and real-world application. We seek to do this through peer to peer, personalised academic and pastoral support alongside the highest quality doctoral supervision from experts in the field. Our doctoral researchers are encouraged to be active members of our Department and to participate in, and lead research-related events, seminars and activities. We also actively promote the involvement of our Doctorial Researchers in research networks and communities beyond the University. We aspire to provide them with a learning environment where they feel that their presence is genuinely valued.
The EdD Programme
The EdD is targeted at senior professionals with responsibility for key areas within their organisations, such as professional learning and teaching, curriculum design and development, policy reform and implementation. They may be college/university lecturers, those working within senior leadership positions in all phases of schooling, or they may be working in professions allied to education.
The EdD programme is designed to equip doctoral researchers with skills in educational research and scholarship that enables you to produce an original piece of close-to-practice educational research at doctoral standard. The main aims of this programme are to enable doctoral researchers to:
- develop research skills and knowledge relevant to the study of educational practice
- reflect critically on their own professional practice
- read, interpret, evaluate, conduct and disseminate research that is relevant to and has the potential to impact on their professional development and workplace practice
- undertake doctoral-level research and meet the requirements of rigour and originality