Director: Professor Kate Pahl

This website is about to be archived. Please visit our new website here

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:

  • to lead debate, nationally and internationally, on the nature and future of education and educational research;
  • to contribute to the development of theory and methodology in applied educational research across the social sciences and the arts and humanities;
  • to promote research-based understandings of policy and practice in education and the professions;
  • to support practitioners and professionals in researching their own practice and contexts of work;
  • to work closely with stakeholders, community partners and the users of social research at all stages of the research process;
  • to provide first-class research training and support for new and developing researchers.

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.