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Welcome to the School of Education

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We hope that as a student at the School of Education, you enjoy your time with us, and benefit from the wider activities offered by the School and University.

We are a leading School of Education, with an international reputation for the impact and quality of our research and the excellence of our teaching. We are ranked in the top 50 in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings, 2018) and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked the School number 1 in the UK for research impact, and fourth overall in Education in the UK.

Sheffield is a vibrant, multicultural city, with a strong sense of community and an active Students’ Union that is consistently rated the best in the UK. Our students play a full and active role in the life of the city, setting up home here and falling in love with the place.

Studying and researching in the School of Education

Education touches everyone’s life at some stage, which is why debates about education – values, policies, theories and practice – are of global concern. Education is seen as a right and an entitlement, but is increasingly caught up in economic and policy debates about its effects and effectiveness. In the School of Education, our research and teaching sits at the forefront of these debates, focusing on concerns about equity, access, inclusion and social justice.

When you choose to study with us, you will engage with a range of modules that encourage critical thinking and evaluation of contemporary issues that affect children, families and communities in local, national and global contexts. You will understand the inter-disciplinary nature of Education, incorporating Sociology, Psychology, Disability Studies, Philosophy, Politics; History and Anthropology, along with a range of theories and methods for carrying out your own research.

Our students participate in a community of scholarship, with access to research seminars, and opportunities to engage with leading international researchers. You will connect with recent research, with contrasting ways of thinking about Education that may challenge your preconceptions and experiences. As a Sheffield student, you will be able to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities such as GLOSS, Summer Schools, and Global Scholars.

Moving on … your future career

The inter-disciplinary nature of Education means that you can pursue a range of career pathways, for example into teaching; management; family, youth and community work; social care; mental health and well-being, international development, as well as further post-graduate study. Many of our students progress to our MA programmes, our Initial Teacher Education Programme (Post-graduate Diploma in Education) and to doctoral research. We provide support for your personal, academic and career development, and you will develop a wealth of transferable skills as well as in-depth knowledge from your chosen degree programme.

Being involved … a community of research and scholarship

We offer a diverse and multi-disciplinary environment for research and teaching, with consistent feedback in the NSS about the quality of our academic and pastoral support for undergraduate students. Our international community of Masters and Doctoral students receive rigorous research methods training as well as pursuing their own research. Our Doctoral students conduct interdisciplinary research that often helps them to address educational problems and challenges in their home communities. They develop international perspectives through attending conferences and seminars, as well as publishing their research in books, journals and blogs.

As Head of School, I am privileged to work with a talented and diverse group of academic colleagues and students, with all aspects of our work supported by dedicated professional service staff. We aim to make your time with us challenging, memorable and transforming, with new connections, knowledge and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Professor Elizabeth Wood

Head of the School of Education