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In the Faculty of Education and Children's Services we have built an active research culture, with staff and doctoral students engaged in educational research of international standing.

This research culture and community is growing and developing, and our doctoral students are central to this. Our research active staff publish widely in books and academic journals, and are involved in local or international research projects. Many also act as academic consultants, editors, reviewers and examiners which, together, constitute a very experienced academic base on which postgraduate research students can flourish.

We have built an active research culture, with staff and doctoral students engaged in educational research of international standing.

Our research into education and pedagogy has developed around five main themes: Creativity (encompassing creativity, pedagogy and culture); Leadership and Management (covering the areas of both educational policy and educational leadership; Marginalisation (focusing on equity and social justice); Educational Practice (exploring practice-based research) and Early Years. We are also home to a very active and vibrant research centre, dedicated to creativity through educational practices (RECAP – Research into Education, Creativity and the Arts through Practice) - with particular strengths in art and the applications of drama in professional settings, currently receiving funding from Europe, Canada and the UK.

There is a strong international dimension to our research, and our doctoral students find themselves part of a dynamic community comprised of diverse educational cultures, which complement our key values of local research activity in partnership with community stakeholders. Evening seminars, workshops and conferences are held regularly to supplement our research, and arise through our partnerships and networks, such as those in the galleries and studios at Tate Liverpool, or through our visiting professors from Finland and Sweden and we are working collaboratively with Chester’s new Cultural Centre Storyhouse.

You can follow the links below to explore our research work in detail. For any further enquiries, please contact us at: educationresearch@chester.ac.uk