UCLan’s education research is conducted by internationally renowned staff, who work in collaboration throughout the UK to make a major contribution to education access and delivery through their innovative research activity.
Based within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UCLan’s education research makes a major contribution to the promotion and development of innovative practice, both within the University and externally.
Conducted through the Centre for Applied Educational Research (CAER), activity centres around the sociology of education, education policy and practice, professional identity and pedagogy.
Nationally and internationally recognised staff work in collaboration with partners throughout the UK in researching themes of:
UCLan CAER works in partnership with government departments and local authorities to help support our research into aspects of widening participation. Particular areas of expertise include learners in FE and HE, the social and economic of FE and HE partnerships, and barriers to learning.
Work in the area of learner experiences includes enquiries into learner identities, adult learning, the impact of prior educational experiences upon engagement, relationships between students’ backgrounds and their access to, and experiences of, higher education.
UCLan research into HE pedagogy is examining curriculum design and assessment, the links between FE, HE and employers, student transitions and professional development and organisational learning in HE. This supports our postgraduate professional development programmes at masters and doctoral level.
Research expertise in the area of deaf studies focuses on understanding issues relating to deaf students in higher education, such as access to learning. Current projects include a Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning project to establish the first standardised national curriculum for the teaching of British Sign Language at HE level.