Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

We are the hub for educational research at the University of Derby. We conduct educational research that makes a difference and work at the cutting edge of the field to develop new ideas and evaluate what works.

What we do

At the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), we engage in theoretical, applied, pedagogic (relating to the theory and practice of education) and policy-based research. We have strong links to the Institute of Education’s postgraduate research, postgraduate taught and undergraduate programmes.

We work with teaching academics, students and the wider educational community to inspire meaningful, critical intellectual activity in pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning, and develop contemporary curricula.

Our impact

We aim to build and sustain a vibrant, thriving, fully participatory research environment that achieves excellence through original, significant and robust research activity which has a positive impact on academic staff, students and the wider educational community.

CERI includes research specialisms in:

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What we're working on

Our work with organisations such as the Department for Education and the Education and Training Foundation focuses on areas that include special educational needs and disability and apprenticeships.

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Our research environment

Our diverse research activities are carried out within specialist centres, networks and clusters. Staff and students are encouraged to participate and contribute to the work of these clusters.

Our support

Our priority is to support staff and postgraduate research students in their development as researchers and scholars. We aim to:

Our Staff and Student Research and Scholarship Forum brings together a diverse group of experienced and novice researchers in the Institute of Education to learn, share and develop effective practice in academic research. It is open to all academic staff and postgraduate research students. This forum designs and delivers continuing professional development (CPD) for researchers through a year-long programme of events constructed around the needs of participants. It is an expression of our commitment to an inclusive, participatory research culture.

Funding is available via the REF funding panel to allow staff to take time off teaching for writing and research, for research assistance, for development and for conferences and events.

Study with us

If you are interested in working on a research degree within the field of Education, please contact Dr Claire Tupling at c.tupling@derby.ac.uk or Professor Dennis Hayes at d.hayes@derby.ac.uk to discuss your ideas.