Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Welcome to the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

At Derby, we conduct educational research that makes a difference. We work at the cutting edge of the field to develop new ideas and evaluate what works.

We are the hub for educational research at the University of Derby. The Centre conducts educational research and provides consultancy to schools, education providers, the wider education sector, and Government. We have a lifelong focus and addresses education policy, practice, and research from early years to adult learning.

The Centre is home to researchers from the Institute of Education, educational researchers from across the University of Derby, and associate researchers from a range of schools and organisations. Its core areas of focus include career education and guidance; educational leadership and management; higher education; mathematics education; and special needs education.

The Centre was launched in October 2015 and brings together a wide range of pre-existing research and expertise from the University of Derby.

Research Areas

The Centre has a lifelong focus and addresses education policy, practice, and research from early years to adult learning.

The Centre has four main foci:


In addition to the four main areas of focus, the Centre has a number of smaller clusters of expertise, which focus on a range of areas including changing higher education, childhood, and apprenticeships.

These four research clusters are:

Membership of a cluster is by application or invitation, but is open to new and experienced researchers.

Staff

Meet our dedicated team.