Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Centre for Education and Research (CER) nurtures and promotes social justice, inclusion and aspiration through a culture of high-quality research that is accessible to all in education and related disciplines.

CER is a hub for research, development, consultancy, research degree supervision and teaching in formal, informal and non-formal Education across diverse social contexts. Additionally, CER conducts and promotes interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and trandisciplinary research relating to Education.

CER sits within the Faculty of Health, Education and Society (FHES) at the University of Northampton. The Centre operates in partnership with a wide range of local, national and international stakeholders, including children’s centres, NGOs, governments, further and higher education institutions, charities, nurseries and schools, and many CER members have previously worked on the ground in children’s services. Consequently, educational research at the University of Northampton has a long-standing and successful track record of promoting positive outcomes for children and young people, and adults working in all areas of educational provision.

CER is the base for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in the field of Education. CER SIGs explore exciting approaches to researching in education, including critical research, participatory research and research with children. Each CER SIG has its own identify and focus:

  • Education in Schools
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Children and Young People
  • Families and Communities
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Special Education
  • Higher, Further and Adult Education

For more information about CER research, PhD study or SIGs, contact our Centre Leaders:

Associate Professor Cristina Devecchi & Professor Jane Murray


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