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Practitioner involvement

Several of our researchers focus on research around the professional identities and practices of practitioners working in the following areas: carers and caring; contemporary youth cultures; nursing; language learning; and social work. Their research often includes participatory and co-production. There is a focus of work held in the Centre for Literacy and Social Justice, which supports a national network of school-based practitioners in Reading for Pleasure, and provides an evidence base for higher education pedagogies through PRAXIS - the Centre for Scholarship and Innovation. Our researchers based in Wales contribute to the implementation of the Welsh national curriculum through training new teachers as researchers and roles within Welsh collaborative research networks. 



The Carers Research Group

The Carers Research Group was established in light of the growth in recognition of carers, their needs and the importance of supporting them. The group's interdisciplinary members collaborate on a wide range of carer-related scholarship and research projects, publications and resources.

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The Contemporary Youth Cultures and Transitions Research Group

The Contemporary Youth Cultures and Transitions Research Group (CYCaT) brings together academic researchers – working across and between the boundaries of criminology, human geography, psychology, sociology, and education studies – alongside practitioners and youth activists.

The Nursing Research Group

The Nursing Research Group's research focuses on professional education and continuing professional development, the quality and impact of nursing and healthcare provision, the experiences and perspectives of nurses, the multidisciplinary team and patients/service users, families and carers.


The Open Languages Research Group

The Open Languages Research Group focuses on language learning and teaching in a range of contexts. The activity takes place in five main areas: technology-enhanced language learning, language learning, language teaching, intercultural competence, as well as education policy and practice.


The Social Work Research Group