Research Projects

Director: Professor Harry Torrance

New and continuing research projects
2015-2019

Project Title: Scientix 3 Evaluation
Project Director: Sarah McNicol
Amount: £14,754 (20,000 euros)
Funder: European Schoolnet
Duration: July 2016 - March 2019

Project Title: Productive Margins; Regulation for Engagement
Project Directors: Morag McDermont, Gabrielle Ivinson
Amount: £31,630
Funder: ESRC/AHRC
Duration: September 2013 - March 2018

Project Title: Graphic Lives: telling Bangladeshi migrant women's stories through graphic narratives
Project Director: Sarah McNicol
Amount: £23,000
Funder: Heritage Lottery Fund
Duration: Feb 2017 - Jan 2018
Project Outline

Project Title: Songlines to Impact & Legacy: Creating Living Knowledge through working with Social Haunting
Project Director: Geoff Bright
Amount: £55,057
Funder: AHRC
Duration: February 2017 - December 2017

Project Title: Sci-napse
Project Director: Dr Nicola Whitton (MMU) and Dr Paul Howard-Jones (Bristol)
Amount: £650,000 (MMU: £325,000)
Funder: Education Endowment Fund and The Wellcome Trust
Duration: January 2015 - December 2017

Project Title: Partispace: Spaces and Styles of Participation
Project Director: Janet Batsleer
Amount: 200,000 euros
Funder: European Commission
Duration: February 2015 - December 2017

Project Title: Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion
Project Directors: Peter Hick, Yvette Solomon
Amount: £123,538
Funder: National Council for Special Education, Ireland
Duration: August 2015 - December 2017

Project Title: Listening in and out of more-than-human worlds
Project Director: Michael Gallagher
Amount: £14,375
Funder: Leverhulme Trust
Duration: February 2017 - November 2017

Project Title: Peer Research: youth loneliness in the UK
Project Director: Janet Batsleer
Amount: £59,500
Funder: Co-operative Foundation
Duration: October 2016 - October 2017

Project Title: Whose values? The discursive construction of the civic role of teachers in Teacher Education Programmes.
Project Directors: Dr. Edda Sant, Dr. Chris Hanley
Amount: £7,946
Funder: MMU RAG (Research Accelerator Grant)
Duration: September 2016 - June 2017
Project Website

Project Title: Stockport Family Model: a restorative approach
Project Directors: James Duggan, Harriet Rowley
Amount: £90,000
Funder: DfE, Stockport Council, TNS-BMRB
Duration: July 2015 - March 2017

Project Title: How do families with under fives experience museums?
Project Director: Abigail Hackett
Amount: £12,127
Funder: Humber Museums Partnership
Duration: Oct 2016 - March 2017
Project Outline

Project Title: BERA Commission on Poverty and Policy Advocacy
Project Director: Prof Gabrielle Ivinson
Amount: £12,000
Funder: British Educational Research Association (BERA)
Duration: December 2015 - December 2016

Project Title: Evaluation of e-Skills for Jobs 2015 and 2016
Project Director: Prof Cathy Lewin
Amount: 30,000 euros
Funder: EU via European Schoolnet
Duration: January 2015 - December 2016

Project Title: Building Research in Primary Schools
Project Director: Dr Ruth Dann
Amount: £4,100
Funder: Association for the Study of Primary Education (ASPE)
Duration: November 2015 - October 2016

Project Title: Opening the "unclosed space" – Multiplying Ghost-Labs as intergenerational utopian practice
Project Director: Dr. Geoff Bright
Amount: £14,697
Funder: AHRC
Duration: February 2016 - September 2016

Project Title: Servicing Utopia: Critical Considerations for Social Change through Accessible Design
Project Director: Dr Lisa Procter
Amount: £9,997
Funder: AHRC Connected Communities
Duration: February 2016 - June 2016

Project Title: Evidence-based Teaching
Project Directors: Prof Cathy Lewin, Dr Linda Hammersley-Fletcher
Amount: £130,000
Funder: National College for Teaching and Learning
Duration: March 2014 - March 2016

Project Title: Working with Social Haunting
Project Director: Dr Geoff Bright
Amount: £33,828
Funder: AHRC
Duration: February 2015 - January 2016
Project Website

Project Title: Lived Practices of Anger
Project Director: Dr Geoff Bright
Amount: £7,675
Funder: AHRC
Duration: February 2015 - January 2016

Project Title: Investigating the Impact of RME Approach on Achievement in Post-16 Maths Resit Classes
Project Directors: Dr Sue Hough, Prof Yvette Solomon
Amount: £80,000
Funder: Nuffield
Duration: December 2014 - January 2016
Project Outline
Project Website

Recently completed projects:

Project Title: Mathematics in Teaching Practice
Project Director: Prof Yvette Solomon
Amount: NOK 1,003,000 (£109,000)
Funder: Norwegian Research Council
Duration: January 2012 - December 2015
Project Outline

Project Title: Investigating the expectations and attitudes towards postgraduate taught (PGT) STEM study in Engineering
Project Directors: David Lambrick (Engineering), Prof Yvette Solomon, Prof Harry Torrance
Amount: £158,000
Funder: HEFCE
Duration: January 2014 - December 2015
Project Outline

Project Title: Raising Attainment in Key Stage 1 in Stoke-on-Trent - Action Research Project
Project Directors: Prof Farzana Shain (Keele), Dr Ruth Dann (MMU)
Amount: £50,406
Funder: Stoke-on-Trent LA
Duration: April 2013 - November 2015

Project Title: Scientix 2 Evaluation
Project Director: Dr Sarah McNicol
Amount: 25,500 euros
Funder: EU via European Schoolnet
Duration: Oct 2014 - November 2015

Project Title: Design Research Get Lost: An asset-based approach to support young people to self-organise
Project Director: Dr James Duggan
Amount: £14,968
Funder: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Duration: June 2015 - August 2015

Project Title: A Study of the Professional Formation of 'Novice' Graduate Leaders of Early Years Practice
Project Director: Dr Ian Barron
Funder: Faculty of Education, MMU
Duration: October 2013 - July 2015

Project Title: Sans Duty – Making Tax Visible
Project Director: Dr James Duggan
Amount: £3981
Funder: EPSRC
Duration: January 2015 - June 2015

Project Title: The impact of educational comics
Project Director: Dr Sarah McNicol
Amount: £4,931
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Duration: November 2014 - May 2015
Project Outline

Project Title: Games and Social Change: In-between Screens, Places and Communities
Project Directors: Dr Scott Gaule, Dr Nicola Whitton
Amount: £42,000
Funder: AHRC
Duration: January 2014 - March 2015

Project Title: School Library Evaluation Pack
Project Director: Dr Sarah McNicol
Amount: £14,836
Funder: The Book Trust
Duration: November 2014 - March 2015

Project Title: E-Skills for Jobs Evaluation 2014
Project Director: Prof Cathy Lewin
Amount: 22,000 euros
Funder: EU via European Schoolnet
Duration: February 2014 - December 2014

Project Title: Innovative Technologies for an engaging classroom (iTEC)
Project Directors: Dr Maureen Haldane, Prof Cathy Lewin
Amount: 509,566 euros
Funder: European Commission
Duration: September 2010 - August 2014

Project Title: Breaking New Ground In the Science Education Realm (ENGINEER)
Project Directors: Dr Dave Heywood, Prof Yvette Solomon
Amount: c. £200,000
Funder: European Commission
Duration: October 2011 - August 2014
Project Outline
Project Website

Project Title: Revisiting 'Blair's Babies' in new Times: contemporary female subjectivities from New Labour to the Coalition
Project Director: Dr Kim Allen
Amount: £5,720
Funder: British Academy
Duration: June 2013 - July 2014

Project Title: The role of celebrity in young people's classed and gendered aspirations
Project Directors: Dr Kim Allen (ESRI, MMU), Dr Heather Mendick (Brunel)
Amount: £211,488 (MMU: £50,933)
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Duration: September 2012 - May 2014

Project Title: Making Games in Collaboration for Learning (MAGICAL)
Project Director: Dr Nicola Whitton
Amount: £76,888
Funder: European Commission
Duration: January 2012 - April 2014

Project Title: Evaluation of the Clore Art Studio, Manchester City Art Gallery
Project Directors: Prof Liz Jones, Prof Rachel Holmes
Amount: £2,000
Funder: Manchester City Art Gallery
Duration: October 2013 - January 2014

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