University Of Bristol Graduate School Of Education

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University Of Bristol Graduate School Of Education

The mission of the Graduate School of Education is to develop learning and leadership for a changing world through research and teaching that promotes achievement, opportunity and social justice.
We believe that understanding and improving the enterprise of Education as a basis for opportunity and social inclusion is central to the health and future of societies.
Since its founding in 1913, the GSoE has achieved international prominence and distinction in developing the professional and academic skills of educationists in the United Kingdom and around the world. Nowadays, more than 60 academic colleagues teach and guide over 600 students in doctoral, masters’ and initial teacher education programmes each year. These programmes lead to careers in research, teaching, school leadership, educational and social policy, educational psychology, teaching English as an additional language and many other fields.

The Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce the launch of two new undergraduate degrees. In both of these courses students will work with staff who are active researchers to develop rich knowledge and research skills to take forward to careers in Education or in Psychology in Education.

We offer the following courses:

  • Education Studies, BSc
    UCAS code: X300 | Three years full time
  • Psychology in Education, BSc
    UCAS code: X301 | Three years full time

Why study education at Bristol?

The Graduate School of Education is a highly-rated research school with a long tradition of using research to inform educational practice. Using educational settings as a test place for discipline-based research, and bringing together educational and psychological perspectives to develop new knowledge and understanding. A recent University-wide student satisfaction survey ranked us amongst the top ten schools in the University and highest in our faculty for overall student satisfaction, a testament to our vibrant, diverse and collegial body of staff and students. The school is consistently ranked highly in national and global league tables. We were ranked 27th in the QS world rankings for education in 2016, putting us in the top five in the UK.

The BSc Education Studies at Bristol is an interdisciplinary social science degree drawing on sociology, psychology, cultural theory, economics, and the learning sciences. You will study education across the life course in diverse settings such as: schools, workplaces, social and cultural spaces, local and online communities.  You will discover how researchers tackle big questions in education: about social change, social justice and changing lives. Successful students will be able to exercise sound judgement and innovate when faced with complex, uncertain and novel problems.

The BSc Psychology in Education course applies psychological perspectives to the wide range of challenges and demands that learners, teachers, psychologists and other professionals face in educational and social contexts. Drawing on our longstanding tradition of high ­quality research and teaching, you will reflect on how to make a difference to education and young people’s development.  You will be able to assess the impact of policy and practice on educational outcomes and wellbeing and use experimental and social research designs to explore the science of the mind and behaviour. Successful students acquire unique skills spanning two rapidly changing disciplines that can usefully inform each other.

Master’s programmes

  • MSc Education
  • MSc Educational Leadership (Teach First)
  • MSc Education Management
  • MSc Educational Research
  • MSc Psychology of Education (BPS)
  • MSc Education – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Doctoral programmes

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Bristol
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Hong Kong

For details of our postal address, main offices and how to find us see the information below.

Postal address

Graduate School of Education
35 Berkeley Square
Bristol, BS8 1JA

Executive Team

Area of support Name Job title Telephone Email Location
Prof. Leon Tikly Interim Head of School +44 (0) 117 33 14366 Rm 3.01, Third floor
Prof. Keri Facer Interim Head of School  +44 (0)117 33 14340 Rm 2.15 Second Floor
Tom Begbie School Manager +44 (0) 117 33 14493 Rm 2.01, Second floor
Assists the School Manager and Head of School Mary O’Connell Senior Executive Assistant +44 (0) 117 33 14302 Rm 2.03b, Second floor
PA to Head of School Shirley Stobart Executive Assistant +44 (0) 117 33 14263 Rm 2.03a, Second floor
Provides administration support for the School Kelly Fry Administrative Assistant +44 (0) 117 33 14196 Rm 2.04, Second floor

Student services

The Student Services office provides administrative support for all taught and research programmes offered in the Graduate School of Education.

Area of support Name Telephone Email Location
Initial Teacher Education (ITE) – PGCE general enquiries Henry Preston +44 (0) 117 33 14492 Room 1.07,

First Floor

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) – Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, RE Magda Bond +44 (0) 117 33 14246
Initial Teacher Education (ITE) – Citizenship, English, Music Alison Williamson +44 (0) 117 33 14253
Initial Teacher Education (ITE) – Maths, Science Tania Griffiths +44 (0) 117 33 14245
Initial Teacher Education (ITE) – Teach First   +44 (0) 117 33 17545
Masters (MSc) programmes – admissions and applicant enquiries Bridgette Blackmore +44 (0)117 33 14491 Room 1.08,

First Floor

Masters (MSc) programmes – current student enquiries Tara Thorne +44 (0)117 33 14417
Hong Kong programmes (MEd and EdD) Vicky Earnest +44 (0) 117 92 87043
Doctoral programmes – EdD and PhD admissions Gina Biggs +44 (0) 117 33 14234

Education services

Area of support Name Job title Telephone Email Location
Bristol Guide & Document Summary Service (DSS) Alyce Griffith Commercialisation Officer +44 (0) 117 33 14291 Room 2.31,

Second floor

Research related support

Teresa Nurser

Education Sevices Co-ordinator

+44 (0) 117 33 14238

Events, website, social media and marketing

Emma Rossiter

Professional and Policy Liaison Officer

+44 (0) 117 33 14439

External room bookings
Porters +44 (0) 117 33 14345