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 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. 

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. Consistent with this, we aim to foster the development of more holistic, contextualised  and systemic understandings of education in all its many forms.

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Connecting Research and Practice in Widening Participation: Exploring (alternative) routes to change

Date: Thursday 25 July 2019
Venue: The Work Foundation, London
Speakers: Dr Neil Harrison (Rees Centre, Oxford), Dr Louise Gazeley & Dr Tamsin Hinton Smith (University of Sussex), Penny Longman (UCL), Ruth Squire (Sheffield Hallam), Chris Bayes & Gino Graziano, Dr Matthew Johnson (Skype), Professor Colin McCaig, Anette Heyton and others. 

This free one day event aims to bring together academics, practitioners and policy-makers who share a commitment to widening participation and wish to explore new and/or alternative routes to positive change. Speakers will draw on their own experiences to show how a willingness to step outside established norms and roles can open up new understandings of – and alternative routes to - positive change.


NOTE: Registration is now closed for this event. If you find you are unable to attend, we would be grateful if you could inform us:



Child Poverty Event: groupCheck out our web page for CTLR's Annual Change Event, 'Child Poverty in Educational Contexts: Exploring implications for research, policy and practice' which took place on 10 July.

The free one day inter-disciplinary event brought together stakeholders and researchers interested in developing educational contexts to better meet the challenges posed by rising rates of child poverty in England. It aimed to create a space to think together about key questions such as:

  • How does poverty shape educational experiences across contexts in England today?
  • What can be done by whom to anticipate need and maximise opportunity?

The day included a number of talks and workshops which afforded rich insights into poverty across the life course.


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Key Contacts

Dr Louise Gazeley, Senior Lecturer

Research Fellow:
Sindi Gordon