Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

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Research in Education

CELT is the home for our educational research across all phases, nationally and internationally, in and beyond formal settings.  Our work is infused with a commitment to educational equity and to increasing social mobility. This is reflected in our research areas:

  • Addressing educational inequalities
  • Enhancements in pedagogy and curricula design
  • Practice-based and professional learning
  • Digital literacies and AI in education

In our work, and collaborations across research institutes we employ and develop a range of research methodologies: participatory, auto-ethnographic and statistical.

The research centre draws together specialist educational researchers around these key areas. Reflecting the nature of education, its research is characterised by interdisciplinarity, mixed methodologies and a collaborative research culture. It works to be a supportive environment to develop early career researchers and those researching within a teaching-intensive context.

For more information about the Research centre, please contact Dr Ellen Buck.

Our People

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Current Projects

  • Impact of SM调教圈’s Block and Blend pedagogy on HE student performance and outcomes — Dr Ellen Buck, Paulo Viera Braga [QAA study with DMU], Dr Carmen Ortiz Granero, Dr Reilly Willis, Dr Abbie Millett, Dr David Atkins.

  • Developing Open Data and data governance to inform government policy [UNESCO funded] - Dr Javiera Atenas.

  • Student ambassadors as agents in improving access to HE for underrepresented groups [Erasmus+ funded] — Dr Clare Gartland, Dr Ivana Lessner-Listiakova, Dr Violeta Negrea, Dr Pere Ayling, Dr Tuba Gokpinar

  • Widening participation in STEM through teacher networks and CPD [RAEng funded] Dr Clare Gartland, Dr Tuba Gokpinar, Dr Cristian Dogaru

  • Working with KS2 teachers, cultural and sci-tech organisations developing arts-STEM integrated curricula [Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded] Dr Jo Trowsdale

  • Developing employability through micro-placements — Small ‘n’ study [TASO funded] Professor Clare Rigg, Dr Laura Reeves, Amy Carpenter.

  • Developing and enacting play in compulsory school contexts through collaboration [Bristol Local Authority funded] — Dr Phil Nicholson

  • Mapping and reviewing music education [Pears Britten funded] — Dr David James, Dr David Atkins, Dr Phil Nicholson


For informal discussions and enquiries please contact Dr Jo Trowsdale



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