Cutting-edge research in education

Transformative responses to local and global challenges

A vibrant and nurturing research culture

Our School is a globally-renowned centre of education, research excellence and methodological innovation. Our aim is to ensure education positively contributes towards the realisation of more inclusive and sustainable societies. We are leaders in interdisciplinary, co-produced and open research that addresses local, national and international priorities, and our work is guided by shared principles of social, environmental and epistemic justice. We are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research quality (THE 2022).

REF 2021 results

In the most recent REF 2021, the School of Education was ranked in the top-ten leading UK centres for high quality and high impact research on education.

90% of the School’s research was assessed as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' with 60% of that in the 4* category. 

Results are from the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Research centres and networks

Our five research centres are engaged in systematic research, capacity building and impact generation.

Research projects

We are globally renowned for our interdisciplinary educational research on environmental, social and epistemic justice. Browse our research projects.

Research impact

Our research makes an enormous impact on education, economy and society. Read our impact stories and policy briefings.


Our academic staff produce internationally renowned research. Browse all research publications from the School of Education.

Bristol Conversations in Education research seminars

These seminars aim to promote lively discussion around teaching, learning and leadership in education.

Each seminar is hosted by a leading academic from our research centres and networks. It is free to attend - all are welcome!

* Main image from a research event dream board by Creative Connection

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