School of Education and Social Work

Department of Education

Welcome to the Department of Education

The Department of Education at Sussex is a community of researchers, learners and teachers engaged fully in every aspect of education, both in the UK and internationally.

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Located within the School of Education and Social Work, the Department of Education offers an extensive programme of study for all 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:

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

You will find us to be a warm, caring community of scholars who pride ourselves on the quality of the courses we offer and of the research we undertake, and also on our commitment to - and depth of involvement with - our students, policy-makers and professionals.

Education Teaching Fellow wins prestigious national counselling research award

Education Teaching Fellow and doctoral researcher, Tracey Fuller, is the winner of a new and prestigious national counselling research award created to aid the dissemination of research with important implications for counselling training or counselling practice. Through highlighting significant research, documenting it on video, and disseminating it online, the award aims to make research accessible and engaging to all counselling trainees and practitioners. 

See full details.

Dr Jacqui ShepherdTransitioning from Special School to Mainstream College

Childhood and Youth BA Course Leader, Dr Jacqui Shepherd, describes the experiences of young autistic people transitioning from special school to mainstream college on Network Autism as part of #WorldAutismAwarenessWeek

Her recommendations for improving the transition process include:

  • involving young people more in their own transition planning
  • paying attention to the social needs of young autistic people, specifically in relation to peer interaction
  • time management – managing unstructured time during the day and the long summer holiday periods
  • using a peer mentoring approach with autistic students starting college
  • ensuring parental involvement so that young people are supported to be interdependent.

Further research into social motivation and peer support during transition would be very beneficial as would the implementation and evaluation of specific interventions in further education colleges.  These transitions to college also need to be seen as part of the broader picture of emerging adulthood.

Development Studies at Sussex Ranked Best in World. Again!

The QS University Rankings 2017 have ranked the University of Sussex first in the world for development studies. This is the third consecutive year that the University has ranked in the top two universities globally for development. The result reflects the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses offered by the group, which includes the School of Global Studies, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for International Education (CIE) within the Department of Education.

Formed over 20 years ago, CIE has become one of the largest and most highly rated academic groups of its kind in the UK, with a reputation as a leader in its fields of study and as a centre of excellence. The Centre’s members include students from some of the Department’s most popular courses for international students, including the International Education and Development MA ad the Education PhD.

Speaking on behalf of CIE, its Director, Professor Mario Novelli, said:
The ranking is a vindication of all the outstanding interdisciplinary development studies work that goes on at the University of Sussex. The Centre for International Education is proud to be a key part of development studies research and teaching with the ultimate aim of contributing to a fairer, more equal and socially just world.”

The news was reported by the BBC as one of its top 10 news stories of the day on Wednesday 8 March.