A photo of Samia KhanAs the Associate Dean of Research, I would like to personally welcome you to explore our research and scholarship web pages. The importance of research at University of Dundee is apparent. The University of Dundee ranks among the very best in research in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018). In the Research Excellence Framework, the University of Dundee ranked first in the UK for biological sciences and was top for the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Art & Design in Scotland (REF, 2014). We have also been named among Europe’s 25 most innovative universities (Reuters, 2017), reflecting the strength of our research and development activities. ‌

Within this context, the School of Education and Social Work is in the top 25 (2018, THE World Rankings by subject, Education and country). The University’s overall position as the UK’s most research-intensive medium-sized university fosters a wonderful environment for academics and emerging scholars. We invite you to join us. 

We have three main academic areas within the School in which to study a graduate degree: Education, Social Work, and Community Education. You can find out about your options for doing research at a graduate level on our Research Programmes page. We suggest that you initiate contact with potential supervisors as a first step. 

Our School is home to Chairs in Education and Social Work. In addition, we have scholarly expertise and conduct research in the areas of Education, Social Work, Community Education, and Life Transitions.

Working within and across areas, our School has developed cross-cutting academic themes entitled: Pedagogy, Practice, Peripheries, and Education & Life Transitions. These themes help us to foster rich cross-disciplinary dialogue, form new research clusters, and engage in active scholarship among all of our staff and students. Find out more about each of our research themes

Professor Samia Khan
Associate Dean of Research
School of Education and Social Work

Research News

Gender myths dispelled by major new maths study

A major study into maths attainment has found that boys and girls perform equally in the subject, dispelling long-held myths around gender and education. The first UK-wide research of its kind for 13 years was carried out by Keith Topping, Professor of Educational and Social Research in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee, and education assessment company Renaissance found differences in maths a...

Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice

Can we measure justice? How do people experience justice? How do people decide if justice is just? These questions are at the heart of a project launched recently, to be carried out by researchers at Dundee, Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and funded by the Scottish Government.  Trish McCulloch, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, is part of the project team who will be exploring the ways that...

Research Events

Analysing atypical interactions: Conversational Analysis and AAC

TCELT Research Methods Seminar: Educational and Life Transitions. This seminar is with Professor Annalu Waller and will introduce Conversational Analysis (CA) as a practical method for understanding atypical interactions, including transcription, notation and analysis.

Annual Research and Scholarship Conference 2018

Knowledge and Practice: What matters now? This will be the theme of this year's Research and Scholarship Conference from the School of Education and Social Work.