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.

Latest News

Widening Access report coverThis report provides the analysis, findings and recommendations of the HEFCE funded Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) 2014/15 ‘Widening Access to Postgraduate Study and Fair Access to the Professions’ project delivered by a Sheffield-led consortium comprised of six selective, research intensive, English Russell Group institutions (Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Warwick and York).

Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson worked with colleagues at the University of York (Dr Paul Wakeling and Dr Sally Hancock) to conduct the analysis on “Understanding the Student” (see chapter 8). 

Latest News

CTLR Annual Report 2014/15 coverWe are pleased to launch our 2014/15 annual report. Along with a roundup of our research publications, seminars and events, and updates on our doctoral students, we have special features on the research of Jacqui Shepard (Special Educational Needs), Vanessa Regan (Modern Foreign Languages), Duncan Mackrill and All Daubney (Music), and Louise Gazeley (Widening Participation).

To find out what has been going on in CTLR over the last 12 months, download the CTLR Annual Report: 2014/15 [PDF 8.07MB].

Upcoming Events

See details of CTLR's upcoming Open Research Seminars on our Research seminars web page. Don't miss the first one on 19th October presented by Assistant Headteacher, Caroline Creaby.

4th Annual Teacher Research Conference 2015

Check out some of the presentations - including the keynote from Dr Elaine Wilson, University of Cambridge - from the 4th Teacher Research Conference held Saturday 20th June at the University of Sussex on our Partnerships page.

Rudd Centre undertakes major evaluation of adoption support programme

An innovative support programme aimed at helping adoptive families in the early days of their new life together is to be evaluated by the Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice at the University of Sussex.

The Centre’s director, Professor Gordon Harold  in the School of Psychology, in collaboration with Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson in the School of Education and Social Work), will be measuring the effectiveness of  AdOpt, which is being implemented in several areas in England by the National Implementation Service (NIS).

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Latest featured publication

Contextualising Inequalities in Rates of School Exclusion in English Schools: Beneath the ‘Tip of the Ice-Berg’ by Dr Louise Gazeley, Dr Tish Marble and Professor Janet Boddy, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex 


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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

Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant:
Jessica Gagnon
Room 131, Essex House
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
T: +44 (0)1273 872601