University of Glasgow School of Education

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1st in the UK on the Times Good University Guide (2019). 1st in the UK on the Complete University Guide (2019). In the top 50 in the world in the QS World University Rankings (2019).

Educational studies at Glasgow brings together national and international expertise in all aspects of learning, from pre-5 to adult continuing education.

Our areas of specialist knowledge include:

  • educational leadership and management
  • science, engineering and technology education
  • teacher education and professional learning; and
  • citizenship and values education.

We also have leading expertise in:

  • adult education
  • community development
  • early childhood education
  • gender and ethnicity
  • transformational change; and 
  • policy studies in education.

Our extensive links with schools, local authorities and the Scottish Executive mean that we benefit from degree programmes that are based on the most up-to-date research.


The School of Education at the University of Glasgow is committed to social justice in and through education, and to education research and practice of the highest quality. We aspire to be a world leader in addressing the contemporary educational issues of our times and to making a difference for society’s most vulnerable and educationally disadvantaged. The School is currently ranked 1st in the UK on three league tables: the Times Good University Guide, the Complete University Guide and by the National Student Survey.

The School is recognised as a leader in the fields of teacher education and educational research, including within post-compulsory education, which also encompasses higher education. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 74% of its research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.  As measured by the REF the School is ranked 5th for research power in the UK. Currently the School has some 60 research-active staff, including 15 professors, and attracts significant external funding for research from the Research Councils of the UK, the British Academy, the British Council, overseas national research councils including in Canada and Australia, the EC Horizon 2020 programme and various DGs of the EC, the UK and Scottish Government and its agencies, and charities.

This large and vibrant group of education academics committed to interdisciplinarity, staff in the School are organised across four research and teaching groups, three research centres and two research networks. Our commitment to social justice permeates all of our work, including our research and research-led teaching.