Research mission, strategy & culture
Impact, quality and reach
The utility and impact of our research is at the heart of our mission: our research is focused on transforming policy and professional practice, with users and beneficiaries spanning UK local and national governments, international organisations, policy bodies and overseas governments, professional associations and learned societies, voluntary and commercial organisations and individual practitioners.
Some of the organisations we have worked with include the Department for Education, the Scottish Government, the Science Museum, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Tate galleries, the Health Foundation, the General Medical Council, the Church of England, Citizens UK, and UNESCO. Our researchers make leading contributions to a range of disciplines, including philosophy, sociology and linguistics.
We hold regular departmental and research centre seminars and invite guest speakers from academia, public bodies and think tanks to share their expertise with members of the School. Doctoral students are encouraged to take part, by leading seminars and by contributing their expertise and experiences to the discussions. As with our annual keynote lecture, you are most welcome to attend these seminars: we want ECS to be a hub for the exchange of ideas and stimulating discussion on educational research, policy and practice.