Research and Scholarship Groups

Our research is organised into 10 research and scholarship groups which meet regularly to discuss research projects and issues.

Explore our groups

Would you like to join one or more of these groups? Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved. Each group is led by a key member of the Observatory. You can find our profiles on the staff page.

Click the group name for details.

Children, young people and families

This group is led by Dr Zeta Brown

The Children, Young People and Families Research and Scholarship group includes academics from a wide range of disciplines including education, nursing and social work.  Group interests range from childhood (including early years) both educationally and developmentally to youth from adolescence into adulthood in an educational capacity or with families and communities. Specific areas of interest include language and literacy in childhood, parental support and multi-agency working, inclusive education and barriers to learning for children and adolescents.

Curriculum innovation

This group is led by Dr Linda Devlin. Full details coming soon.

Digital learning

This group is led by Prof John Traxler. Full details coming soon.

Higher Education: research and policy

This group is led by Dr Brendan Bartram

The Higher Education Research and Scholarship group includes students and members of staff with wide-ranging interests in aspects of HE policy, practice and pedagogy. The group is a forum for all who share these research interests, all are welcome!

Equality, inclusion and diversity

This group is led by Dr Maria Tsouroufli

The EDI group brings together academics and practitioners with diverse interests including SEND, gender and education and widening participation.  It offers a platform for the exchange of ideas and development of internally and externally funded research, support for professional development and REF activities and the promotion of equality within and beyond the University of Wolverhampton.

Leadership and school reform

This group is led by Prof Michael Jopling. Full details coming soon.

Lifelong learning

This group is led by Prof Alan Tuckett

We research policies and practice in post compulsory education locally, nationally and internationally – with a strong focus on participation in lifelong learning, what stops people taking part, and what can be done about it;  on the professional formation of staff in further education; and on learner voice.

Education and Mental Health

This group is led by Dr Lydia Lewis

This group is concerned with mental health in the context of all forms of education and informal learning, including schooling, community-based learning and post-compulsory education. Its focus encompasses the relationship between educational inequalities and mental health inequalities, the influence of education and learning on mental health and wellbeing, education-based interventions and support for mental health and wellbeing, and critical reflection on policy and practice in the area of education and mental health.  The Group links to the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education Special Interest Group which Lydia also co-convenes.


Physical Education and Sports Studies

This group is led by Dr David Scott

The Physical Education and Sports Studies research and scholarship group welcomes anyone with an interest around the areas of physical education, physical activity, embodied pedagogies, and the sociology of sport. The group provides a supportive community for scholars at any stage of their career, with collaborative opportunities available to conduct research projects, write for research, bid for funding, and attend networking events.

Research and Inquiry into Preparedness and Professional Education and Development

This group is led by Dr David Matheson. Full details coming soon.

Where next?

Get involved

Are you interested in getting involved in education research?

There are many ways you can be involved with research. Contact us for details.