Research is well established in the Department of Education at the University of Sussex. In the 2008 RAE, Education achieved joint 11th position out of 82 returned units meaning that 85 per cent of our publications were graded as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.
Research is carried out individually by faculty, research students and teams associated with externally funded projects. Within the Department we have three research centres: the Centre for International Education (CIE), the Centre for Inquiry & Research in Cognition, Learning and Teaching in Sussex (CIRCLETS) and the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER).
See also the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) - a School (rather than a Department) research centre
This short film features the Director of the Centre for International Education (CIE), Mairead Dunne, and two students currently studying international education and contributing research to the centre:
Within our interdisciplinary group, staff work within research traditions that range from ethnographic and case study methods to survey and experimental design. Quantitative and qualitative data collection methods are taught and supported.
Expertise exists within most of the major social science disciplines and in mid-career staff development and professional practice in a range of fields. Our research community encourages openness and debate between traditions, enabling students to make informed choices on the approaches that they adopt.
Research is closely linked with teaching and many of our courses and programmes have a strong research component.