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Transforming | Education

Welcome to the research pages of the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University.  Adopting a wholly inclusive approach, our Research Centres and Research Groups provide the intellectual spaces to support all individual and collaborative ventures leading to specialisation and the creation, interpretation and dissemination of new knowledge, both pure and applied, as well as to share expertise in related areas across the institution and the wider communities it serves.

Working in partnership with key stakeholders and other beneficiaries, the Carnegie School of Education is committed to undertaking transformational and translational research of the highest quality and making a difference to people’s lives. The Carnegie School of Education also hosts Carnegie Leaders in Learning, delivering research-informed professional development to schools across the Yorkshire and Humber regions and beyond.

Research outputs

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Some information about the working papers and link to series page
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Research degrees

In the Carnegie School of Education we house a vibrant and growing community of around 100 research students across a number of research degree programmes offered in our School. These programmes include the MRes, PhD and EdD and our students are a mix of part time and full time. Some students are also members of staff in the Carnegie School. Others work externally at other universities or in a range of public sector and industry contexts and still others are working full time on their doctorates. Our students are funded in a variety of ways by scholarships from external bodies such as government, industry and research organisations, University and School scholarships and also self and employer funds. Our students come from a variety of countries. As such there is a richness of intellectual social and professional experience across our research student body. We see this as a very strong starting point for our commitment to dialogue and growth within our School’s research community. This rich diversity of experience chimes strongly with the Carnegie School of Education’s mission to put social justice at the heart of our practice underpinned by a commitment to inclusion through the creation of a space for dialogue and challenge in learning.

We carry our School’s commitment to diversity, innovation and social justice into the substantive areas and theoretical and methodological expertise developed across our research specialisms. We are proud of bringing a distinctively critical edge to our work in practice engaged research through these specialisms race, education and decoloniality, LGBTQ+ inclusion, coaching and mentoring, creativity and mental health where we are achieving a range of firsts nationally and internationally. Prospective candidates should explore the links to our various specialist areas represented in the links above to make connections to their own thinking in preparation for making a research application to us.

As a School we are committed to developing a collective, collegiate and enabling intellectual culture for our research students to grow in. We have a dedicated Research Hub at the heart of School activity. This is a place where research students and research dedicated staff and overseas visitors have space to study and meet. We have a Research Student Steering Group that represents students views in relation to School policy and that feeds into the development of research degrees provision.

Annual doctoral dinner

Academic staff and students from the Carnegie School of Education celebrate at the annual doctoral dinner.

Transforming mental health in schools: "The work we do ensures that mental health difficulties at school do not stand in the way of a young person's success in the future." - Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Carnegie School of Education

Contact Us


For further enquiries about the research we carry out at the School of Education or to find out how you can contribute and get involved, please contact Professor Damien Page or Joaquim Dias.

Research Degrees

Students interested in developing an application should contact the Research Degrees Director Dr Shona Hunter. School staff also welcome direct approaches from students interested in proposing a project related to their work.

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