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Our Research

Education is central in facing society’s challenges, and innovative high-quality research plays a vital role in enabling individuals, communities, and societies to flourish. We are one of the world’s leading centres for research in education, rated second in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021.

We undertake research in the School of Education that positively impacts on regional, national and global policy and practice; that is committed to bringing about educational improvement and social justice; and that shapes and develops educational research, research methodology and research capacity in the UK and internationally.
Research Clusters
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University student
"We are an international, multilingual, and multidisciplinary group of researchers at all career stages, who work to develop world leading research. We are committed to an inclusive and collaborative research environment, and we nurture our doctoral and early career researchers, as future leaders in educational research."

Professor Prue Holmes
Director of Research

A vibrant and inclusive research environment

We focus on maintaining a vibrant, intellectually inclusive research environment in which staff are passionate about their research and the difference it can make.

Our objectives are: securing prestigious research funding to enable us to pursue boundary-pushing research in a sustainable way; publishing innovative and distinctive high quality open access outputs; embedding world-leading impact; and developing research collaborations and partnerships within and beyond education.
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FSSH International Brochure

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Health has an extensive global collaboration in research and education with partners across the world, promoting Social Science solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

The stories presented in our International Brochure demonstrate sustained and positive engagement with international partners, particularly around work with social justice in society and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Our eight departments have funded research projects on every continent.
Find out more in our International Brochure
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Get in touch

To find out more about our department and courses, contact us using the information below.

School of Education
Durham University
Confluence Building
Lower Mountjoy
Stockton Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 8195