University of East Anglia Research

By | 24th May 2017

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University of East Anglia Research

University of East Anglia Research

Research in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Welcome to the Research pages of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. The School is one of the leading UK centers for research in the field of professional education, with an international reputation for applied research and evaluation.

REF2014 confirmed the high quality of our research activity with 77% of outputs being assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

The School hosts the prestigious UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation from 2016, with a focus on developing an understanding about how adult learning – particularly for women and young people – can address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world. Professor Anna Robinson-Pant, is the UNESCO Chair-holder.

The School hosts a number of active research seminar series:

EDU Seminar Series 2016-2017

Education and Development Seminar Series 2016-2017
The School hosted the internationally renowned Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) from 1970 until its closure in 2015. A rich resource base derived from the work of CARE can be found via the CARE website.
Research in the School is organized around three key educational Domains.

Each Domain contains a number of specialist foci as well as active research groups:

Postgraduate Research at a world-leading institution

Interested in postgraduate research degrees? Look no further – find out more about what to expect and why UEA is an excellent place to further your academic studies.

Postgraduate Research at UEA

The University of East Anglia is one of the leading research institutions in the UK, ranked in the UK Top 20 institutions for the impact of our research. We have a large research student community of about 1400 research students, and are involved in five prestigious Doctoral Training Partnerships: CHASE (Arts and Humanities), SeNSS (Social Sciences), EnvEast (Natural Environment) and the  Norwich Research Park BBSRC DTP (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences) and the NEXUSS (Next Generation Unmanned Systems Science) Centre for Doctoral Training.

Faculty Graduate Schools

UEA also has five graduate schools in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the nearby Norwich Biosciences Institutes to co-ordinate activities and enhance research culture. Current UEA research students can find further information at the Postgraduate Research Service Portal site.


Find out more about research opportunities

We welcome applications throughout the year – further information on submitting an online application to study at UEA can be found here.

If you are interested in finding out more about postgraduate research studentships at UEA, press the button below to fill out a short form and we’ll be in touch:

Research Areas

Our key research strengths Our key research strengths

Our researchers focus on a broad range of topics within education and lifelong learning, often working in collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines. Our two primary research groups were both established in 2003 and give a framework for collaboration and feedback for researchers working on similar topics.
  • The Literacy and Development Group (LDG) is home to researchers from the Schools of Education and Lifelong Learning, International Development and Language and Communication at UEA. The group has an international reputation for interdisciplinary approaches to literacy and development research.
  • The Research in Mathematics Education Group (RME) brings together researchers, teacher educators and teachers to focus on issues relating to mathematics education in the UK and abroad. Much of its research is done collaboratively with the School of Mathematics at UEA.
  • Other research strengths have also emerged in more recent years, including Cultural Studies in Education, Physical Education Pedagogy and Higher Education and Society. Much of our research is interdisciplinary and our researchers have strong relationships with colleagues from other Schools and universities.
We engage actively with key policy makers and aim to disseminate our research in ways that can maximise its impact in education, both in the UK and internationally.