Education Research Clusters are environments designed to develop the themes, skills, interests and partnerships for the IoE Research Centre. Cluster members are able to build formal and informal relationships whilst focusing their research interests.

Clusters aid staff and students to enhance their research skills and focus their interests. Researchers join support clusters according to their particular educational research interests as opposed to what school or department they are in. Coordinated by an experienced CeDARE researcher, each cluster acts as a base for the identification and delivery of professional development needs.

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Support and guidance

Developing researchers receive guidance in several forms within their cluster including;

  • support in making bids for funding;
  • assistance in finding support to improve their research and writing skills;
  • guidance in accessing means of disseminating their work.

In addition, a wide range of development opportunities are provided including workshops and seminars concerning writing for academic publications, submitting funding applications, literature searches and project management.

Extensive use is also made of visiting professors with national and international reputations. These professors not only support publications, but raise aspirations of staff and help them build supportive networks both internally and externally