School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Welcome to CTLR


CTLR structure visual - newerThe Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is engaged with education in all its pedagogical and social complexity. The interests of members span local, national and international contexts and a range of formal and informal settings, running from Early Years to Higher Education and including Initial Teacher Education. Consistent with this, we aim to foster the development of more holistic, contextualised  and systemic understandings of education in all its many forms. Members of CTLR are currently working with ECORYS on a national evaluation of Alternative Provision, funded by the Department for Education (DfE). 

The Centre's strapline is Making Connections, reflecting its focus on bringing research, theory, policy and practice together with a view to promoting positive change. Each year we host an Annual Change Event that brings researchers, students and stakeholders together to promote understanding of how more equitable and inclusive approaches to teaching and learning might be achieved. We are also actively engaged in the development of locally-based practitioner researchers, hosting two conferences a year linked to our Masters in Education and Masters in Early Years programmes. CTLR is also strongly committed to supporting the development of doctoral researchers, including through its support for the ESW Doctoral Research in Progress seminar series.

New toolkit to support care leavers' progression to HE

Members of CTLR have led on the development of a new 'Supporting Supporters’ toolkit for stakeholders. 

This practical resource came out of a project that aimed to support foster carers, educators, and social care professionals involved in supporting the progression of care-experienced young people to university. The Supporting Supports project was led by Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith, and funded by the Sussex Learning Network under the Office for Students funded Uni Connect Programme. 

Tamsin said of the project: 

"We learned so much from our discussions with foster carers, social workers and school staff about their perspectives, anxieties and approaches around supporting care experienced young people in their educational progression journeys. The sharing of expertise between the different groups in workshops was a particularly valuable part of this.

We hope that, through the toolkit, the insights they shared will support other stakeholders to support young people in their care and those considering a future in higher education."  

Others involved in the project included Senior Lecturer in Education, Dr Louise Gazeley (Director of CTLR), Lecturer in Social Work, Dr Tam Cane, Anne-Marie Bird from the University of Sussex's Widening Participation team, local artist Michi Mathias and a large group of local stakeholders who piloted the activities at a series of workshops.

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Check out our Annual Report ...

CTLR Annual Report 2018/19 cover imageFind out what CTLR members have been doing over the last 12 months in our 2018/19 Annual Report.


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Key Contacts

Dr Louise Gazeley, Senior Lecturer

Sue Pinnick, Lecturer