School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Welcome to CTLR

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is engaged with research on all aspects of learning and teaching in a wide range of educational contexts, official and informal. It places particular emphasis on schooling, transitions, equity and inclusion.

The Centre has exceptional expertise in professional learning, collaborative practitioner enquiry and in investigating the relationship between theory, practice and policy from Early Years to Higher Education contexts and settings.

Summer newsletter 2016 coverTeaching Fellows develop their academic writing, professional development in Beijing, and what happened at the 'Reading for Fun' event at the Jubilee Library: Check out the new CTLR Newsletter...

Download the CTLR Newsletter: July 2016 [PDF 1.92MB]

See past newsletters and Annual Reports at the bottom of the About us page.

Widening Participation graduates describe their Sussex experience

Nationally there is strong focus on improving access to university for under-represented groups. Two years ago, the Department of Education at the University of Sussex launched a new ‘strand’ of the part-time MA in Education course specifically to support the professional development needs of widening participation practitioners. The first students to enrol graduated this year. Describing their experience of the MA in Education: Widening Participation strand, they said:

Fay LoftyFay Lofty: Widening Participation Officer, University of Brighton
"... The course has been extremely useful to me in my work as a practitioner - it has opened many doors leading to further research possibilities and given me a much greater understanding of the sector which I am able to use to benefit my team and the children and families we work with.”

Penny LongmanPenny Longman: Careers and Higher Education Adviser, Bexley Grammar School; Careers Coordinator, Christ the King St Mary’s 6th Form College
"...This MA course gave me a thorough grounding in research methods, alongside the opportunity to undertake my own primary research exploring issues surrounding the potential benefits - and challenges - of HE participation. I am now able to use the insights I gained to inform and enhance my professional practice ..."

Ruth SquireRuth Squire, formerly at King’s University London and currently Head of Outreach and Widening Participation, Sheffield Hallam University
"...I thought I would come out a more informed professional, but I sort of developed this confidence in also being a researcher and being able to apply that to my workplace.”

See more details about the MA in Education: Widening Participation strand  online, or contact Course Leader, Dr Louise Gazeley:

Featured publication

Hampden-Thompson, G. & Galindo, C. (2016): 'School-family relationships, school satisfaction and the academic achievement of young people'. Educational Review


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Key Contacts

Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton