Research – Bath Spa University

Research in the School of Education

Research in the School of Education is creative, participatory, critical and interdisciplinary. We have particular strengths in social justice research, practice-relevant and practitioner-led research, and creative education research.

We welcome research students to our vibrant research community. Explore the individual research centre pages below to read about our research and find potential supervisors.

Research centres

Research seminar series 2021/22

We host regular research events in the School of Education and we welcome Bath Spa staff and students to these seminars and lectures. Members of the public who share our interest in education are equally welcome to attend.

The School of Education Research Seminar Series will be held online.

28 September 2021: Contemporary issues in Disability Research in Education

Dr Tanvir Bush and Dr Stuart Read are disability activists and Research Fellows within the School for Education. In this seminar, they'll share findings from their research exploring contemporary research issues in Disability Studies and Education, and introduce their Wellcome Disability Research Collective programme (2021-2026).

Watch the full seminar online

22 October 2021: Understanding data – praxis and politics

Caroline Kuhn and two co-researchers on this one-year EPSRC funded research project share their initial findings on designing and piloting an open educational resource (OER) aimed at fostering critical data literacy for HE educators.

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19 November 2021: Taking the "human" in conceptions of human flourishing seriously

In this seminar, Eri Mountbatten-O'Malley will summarise his PhD research. As he will suggest, if any concept is subject to the standards of nuanced and normative judgement, it is the related notions of what it is to ‘flourish’, be happy and well as a human being. Yet what is clear is that in the understandable desire to improve happiness, well-being, success and satisfaction, researchers often neglect the importance of normativity and context.

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8 December 2021: Is it hair or hare? What predicts spelling skill using a New Interpretive Spelling Test for Primary School Children

This presentation from Dr Georgia Niolaki will consist of two parts. First, Georgia will explain why we need to research spelling practices for primary age children. Then she will rationalise why the new interpretive spelling test she is currently developing with colleagues from UCL, NTU and BCU is needed for assessing spelling skill in primary education. In the second part, Georgia will present the results from three research papers on spelling predictors and processes based on work supported by the British Academy (2017-2019) and the British Psychological Society (BPS, 2019-2020).

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Research degrees

Postgraduate research is one of the most demanding and rewarding experiences in higher education. Curious about doing a research degree with us, but not sure where to start?

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