The Faculty's Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is one of the leading UK centres for Applied Educational Research and Evaluation with a thriving research community.  67% of our research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’ in the REF 2014, with 100% of our research impact being rated ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’. 

ESRI is committed to high quality research in the field of education, and aims to offer the best and most innovative approaches to educational research in the UK and internationally, across disciplines and in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders. Teaching within the Faculty is closely informed by research and both Schools work closely with ESRI.

Our aims are:

ESRI is led by a professorial team of international distinction, including Tony Brown, Liz de Freitas, Rachel Holmes, Moira Hulme, Gabrielle Ivinson, Cathy Lewin, Maggie MacLure, Ricardo  Nemirovsky, Yvette Solomon, Kate Pahl (Director) Harry Torrance and Nicola Whitton.

The Institute has an outstanding portfolio of research grants and publications, regularly organises national and international seminars and workshops and other services to research, and offers several studentship awards annually. Our work includes a Biosocial Research Laboratory and workshops on Arts Methodologies.

ESRI is part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Programme which involves a number of collaborative doctoral awards and programmes funded through the ESRC.

Advancing theory and methodology in social research is a long-standing interest, alongside the ways in which knowledge is produced, used and controlled, and in the complicated relationships that exist between research, policy, professional practice and the public interest.

Our research activities comprise a wide range of research interests, that are led by world leading researchers with a focus on theory and practice and underpinned by our Theory and Methodology group.

We have six research centres:

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