University of Oxford Department of Education

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University of Oxford Department of Education

Oxford University Department of Education Ranked First in the UK for Research

Oxford has been making a major contribution to the field of education for over 100 years and today this Department has a world class reputation for research, for teacher education and for its Masters and doctoral programmes.

The University of Oxford Department of Education prides itself in being able to combine its international standing as a research-intensive department with the highest quality teaching. All full time academics in the Department are research active, many producing publications of outstanding international quality. In 2014 the evaluation of research in the UK (The Research Excellence Framework) placed the Department as the clear leader for educational research in the country. This achievement builds on the already outstanding success and position in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

However the notion of being a ‘research-intensive’ department of education goes well beyond external evaluations of our research and its impact. It underpins the way we scrutinise and develop the postgraduate courses that we offer. It is embedded in the expectations we have of the tutors to provide students with sessions taught by experienced, research-informed practitioners. It is epitomized by our collaboration with other practitioners, policy-makers and those in industry. It is fundamental to our commitment to reach out to schools and colleges, locally, nationally and internationally, with a vision of transformative educational environments which make policy decisions based on research evidence and evaluations of effectiveness.