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The Centre for Education and Research (CER)

About the centre for education and research

The Centre for Education and Research (CER) sits within the Faculty of Health, Education and Society (FHES). The aim of CER is to nurture and promote social justice, equity and inclusion through a culture of high-quality research that is accessible to all in education and related disciplines. As such, CER is a hub for research, development, consultancy, research degree supervision and teaching in formal, informal and non-formal Education across diverse social contexts. Additionally, CER conducts and promotes interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and trandisciplinary research relating to Education.

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CER operates in partnership with a wide range of local, national and international stakeholders, including children’s centres, NGOs, governments, further and higher education institutions, charities, nurseries and schools, and many CER members have previously worked on the ground in children’s services. Consequently, educational research at the University of Northampton has a long-standing and successful track record of promoting positive outcomes for children and young people, and adults working in all areas of educational provision.

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  • If you are interested in CER research or would like to study for a PhD with us, please contact one of our CER Leaders:

    Dr Cristina Devecchi | Dr Jane Murray

    cristina.devecchi@northampton.ac.uk | jane.murray@northampton.ac.uk

  • At the University of Northampton, the Centre for Education and Research is the base for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in the field of Education. CER SIGs explore exciting approaches to researching in education, including critical research, participatory research and research with children. Each SIG has its own identify and focus and all align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030):

    • Education in Schools
    • Early Childhood Education and Care
    • Children and Young People
    • Families and Communities
    • Inclusion, Diversity and Special Education
    • Higher and Further Education
    • Digital Technologies for Education

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  • CER has a long and successful record of supervising full and part-time home and international PhD students in all areas of education across all CER’s Special Interest Groups. As the best University in the UK for PhD experience and support (PRES, 2020), doing a PhD at the University of Northampton offers you the opportunity to work closely with a team of supervisors with expertise and knowledge in your chosen area of research and methodology. As a member of the Centre for Education and Research, you will be part of a thriving, active and multidisciplinary research community with established local, national and international networks, and a commitment to research with a social impact to benefit learning and teaching in formal, informal and non-formal education across the life-span.

    If you are interested in studying for a PhD, contact:

    Dr Cristina DevecchiDr Cristina Devecchi

    PhD Admission Tutor (Education)

    cristina.devecchi@northampton.ac.uk

  • CER works with a range of external partners locally, nationally and internationally, including, but not limited to:

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    Trinity College Dublin, ICEP Europe, Progettomondo.mlal, The National Gallery, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Northampton Primary, Autism Education Trust, Department for Education, Gyermeknevelesi, Preston Hedge’s Primary School, Inspiring Leadership Foundation, University Zagreb, Klarup, Howest, Middenschool Brugge Centrum, University College of norterhn Denmark, Standens Barn Primary School, Ostfold University College, iTeach, The Open University, NMPAT, Royal and Derngate, Feermynwoods Contemporary Art, Vestbjergskole, Rade kommune, CPI O Cruce, Northampton International Academy, WFPS, East Hunsbury Primary, Arteaga, Petar Pan, Frida skolan, Ronald Tree Nursery  School, Camrose.

    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, International Institute of Humanitarian Law,  ehs Zentrum Dresden, Jagellonian University, Liege University, European Regions for Educational Research Foundation, Malmö University, European School Heads Association, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences

    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, ehs Zentrum Dresden, Jagellonian University, Liege University, European Regions for Educational Research Foundation, Malmö University, European School Heads Association, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences

  • You can view CER publications in research outputs on NECTAR and PURE.