School of Education and Social Work

Department of Education

Welcome to the Department of Education

We are a community of researchers, learners and teachers engaged in every aspect of education - both in the UK and internationally.

Located within the School of Education and Social Work, the Department of Education offers an extensive programme of study for those interested in education. See Undergraduate study, Postgraduate study and Initial Teacher Education for details of the courses we run in these areas - some of which offer distance learning opportunities.

We host three research centres:

We also co-host a fourth (with the Department of Social Work and Social Care):

Our warm, caring community of scholars prides itself on the quality of our courses and of the research we undertake. Also on our commitment to - and depth of involvement with - our students, policy-makers and professionals.

Linda Morrice is presented with a research impact award: 19 June 2018Senior Lecturer wins award for the beneficial impact of her research on refugees in Brighton and Hove

Congratulations to Senior Lecturer, Dr Linda Morrice, who scooped one of the University's Impact Awards for her outstandingly impactful research on 'Language as the key to refugee resettlement'. Co-applicants were Linda Tip (University of Brighton), Mike Collyer (Global) and Rupert Brown (Psychology). 

Linda's study identified English language as a key driver of social integration of resettled refugees, leading to higher levels of health and wellbeing, improved confidence and more positive contact with British people. However, policy and practice is not meeting the diverse learning needs of refugees leaving some groups vulnerable to exclusion and isolation. As a result of the research, Brighton and Hove City Council have successfully bid for an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Hub, which will provide a coordinated response to refugees. The findings also directly inform the impending changes to the UK Government’s Indicators of Integration, which now include a discrete domain for language alongside local and national good practice indicators for language learning provision based on our research. 

Fay LoftyWidening Participation strand Education MA graduates co-author newly published paper

Three students following the Widening Participation strand of the  Education MA course have recently had a co-authored - with their supervisor, Dr Louise Gazeley (CTLR Director) - paper published in the Journal of Further and Higher Education. The paper provides a timely insight into the value of practitioner research in general, and the particular need for opportunities like this in widening Ruth Squireparticipation.

Louise Gazeley, Fay Lofty, Penny Longman & Ruth Squire (2018): 'Undertapped potential: practitioner research as a vehicle for Penny Longmanwidening participation', Journal of Further and Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2018.1441386

I had never thought that I would work in Albania before I started my Master's at SussexRyoko Endo

Read about Ryoko Endo's journey from Sussex Masters to Albania and how the International Education and Development MA course "changed my life completely".