Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

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Research in Education

CELT is the home for our educational research across all phases, nationally and internationally, in and beyond formal settings.  Our work is infused with a commitment to educational equity and to increasing social mobility. This is reflected in our research areas:

  • Addressing educational inequalities
  • Enhancements in pedagogy and curricula design
  • Practice-based and professional learning
  • Data literacies and digital possibilities (jointly with DFI)

In our work, and collaborations across research institutes we employ and develop a range of research methodologies: participatory, arts-based, auto-ethnographic and statistical.

The research centre draws together specialist educational researchers around these key areas. Reflecting the nature of education, its research is characterised by interdisciplinarity, mixed methodologies and a collaborative research culture. It works to be a supportive environment to develop early career researchers and those researching within a teaching-intensive context.

Educational researchers meet on the first Tuesday of most months 4.00–5.30pm. Contact jo.trowsdale@uos.ac.uk for further information or to join the group.

Our People

Dr Javiera Atenas

Javiera leads the Postgraduate聽Certificate in Academic Practice聽(PgCAP) and is Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Enhancement.

Dr Pere Ayling

Nigerian-born Dr Pere Ayling is a Senior Lecturer in Early Years and has over 10 years of teaching experience in early years, primary and higher education.

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Paulo Vieira Braga

Paulo is a Research Fellow and has interest in data science and education.

Dr Ellen Buck

Ellen is Director of Learning and Teaching and is a member of the University's Senior Leadership Team.

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Dr Jo Finch

Jo is Professor in Postgraduate Research and is known internationally for her work on practice learning, and also writes on PREVENT and social work.

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Professor Sara de Freitas

Sara is Director of the Digital Futures Institute, working to develop focus areas such as digital education, environment, ICT, health and security.

Dr Clare Gartland

Clare is Course Leader of MA Education Studies and Associate Professor of Education

Dr Ivana Lessner Listiakova

Ivana is an Associate Professor聽in Childhood and Education.

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Dr Sam Chenery-Morris

Sam brings a wealth of experience having been at the University since 2006.

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Abbie Millett

Abbie is an experienced educator and is Lecturer in Psychology.

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Dr Phil Nicholson

Phil鈥檚 main areas of focus are sociology of education, educational policy, pedagogy, social justice and educational inequality

Dr Sarah Richards

Sarah was appointed Head of the Suffolk Doctoral College in 2021. Formerly an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities.

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Dr Pallawi Sinha

Pallawi is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies and is passionate about building dialogue and understanding on education and childhoods.

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Dr Marianna Stella

Marianna is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Education.

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Professor Ruth Strudwick

Ruth is Head of Allied Health Professions and Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography.

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Dr Jo Trowsdale

Jo is Associate Professor Education and Social Mobility and supports educational research and the development of the university鈥檚 social mobility agenda.

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Current Projects

  • Impact of 5X社区’s Block and Blend pedagogy on HE student performance and outcomes — Dr Ellen Buck, Paulo Viera Braga [QAA study with DMU], Dr Carmen Ortiz Granero, Dr Reilly Willis, Dr Abbie Millett, Dr David Atkins.

  • Developing Open Data and data governance to inform government policy [UNESCO funded] - Dr Javiera Atenas.

  • Student ambassadors as agents in improving access to HE for underrepresented groups [Erasmus+ funded] — Dr Clare Gartland, Dr Ivana Lessner-Listiakova, Dr Violeta Negrea, Dr Pere Ayling, Dr Tuba Gokpinar

  • Widening participation in STEM through teacher networks and CPD [RAEng funded] Dr Clare Gartland, Dr Tuba Gokpinar, Dr Cristian Dogaru

  • Working with KS2 teachers, cultural and sci-tech organisations developing arts-STEM integrated curricula [Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded] Dr Jo Trowsdale

  • Developing employability through micro-placements — Small ‘n’ study [TASO funded] Professor Clare Rigg, Dr Laura Reeves, Amy Carpenter.

  • Developing and enacting play in compulsory school contexts through collaboration [Bristol Local Authority funded] — Dr Phil Nicholson

  • Mapping and reviewing music education [Pears Britten funded] — Dr David James, Dr David Atkins, Dr Phil Nicholson


For informal discussions and enquiries please contact Dr Jo Trowsdale 




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