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Our research

ECYS is nationally and internationally known for its excellence in research into education (including in international development contexts), childhood studies, and sports and wellness. We have a strong multidisciplinary focus and a distinctive record of developing innovative methodological approaches to research.

Through engagement with practitioners, policy-makers, service users and the wider academy, our research activity is at the heart of our core mission: to transform lives and enable social mobility and justice by inspiring professionals to apply learning gained in an academic context.

Academic staff in ECYS are members of the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), one of the leading education research units in the UK, which is also respected internationally as a centre of excellence. We undertake outward-looking collaborative research with learners and those who support them, which has a beneficial impact on learning practices, policies and public debates.

Our research is funded by UK Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC), the European Union (Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+), the Department for International Development, the National Institute for Health Research and a wide range of trusts, charities and commercial organisations.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, approximately 70% of our research submitted to the panel of experts in Social Work and Social Policy and to the Education panel was judged to be world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). Our research environment in education was assessed as 100% at 4* level.

Research into Reading for Pleasure is shared with the school profession on a practical community website, further supporting the development of new research-informed practice. 

Our research underpins and informs all our teaching and provides a springboard for public engagement and transfer. Click 'Transformative education' and 'Children, young people and families' to find out more.