People in Society Committed to Equity and Respect

The Faculty of Education and Communities is a community of learners: staff and students learn together, building understanding and knowledge from a shared authentic active researching approach to learning. We are a committed to the principles of well-being and of nurturing in children and adults a disposition to learn, to succeed, to be resilient and to feel good about themselves.

All staff in the faculty are engaged in research and scholarship which relates to:

  • How children and adults learn and what is best for enabling that learning?
  • How can government policy make children’s and adult’s lives better?
  • What is a school curriculum and who decides on its content?
  • What defines a ‘just and fair society’?
  • What is a family and who decides?
  • How do people – children, young people, and adults – communicate?
  • What are the human rights that relate to children and what is child citizenship?
  • What are the groups that are on the margins of society and why?
  • What policies and approaches are needed in order to include everyone – in schools, in services and in society in general?

These fundamental questions, and so many more, are the ones we should ask, debate and research. The faculty aims to encourage students and staff to engage in…asking, debating and researching difficult questions. We are committed to enabling students to develop into skilled, creative, and employable graduates who will make a contribution to society and who will become responsible citizens of the world.

The Faculty consists of the following schools and centres, each with its own specialist, unique identity:

We offer a range of programmes, from Foundation Degrees to BA and BSc programmes, MAs and MPhil and PhDs. There are programmes leading to qualified teacher status, both undergraduate (BA Primary Education with QTS) and postgraduate (PGCE Primary with QTS /  ), and also academic qualifications in Education Studies, Primary Education Studies, Learning Support, Early Years, Early Literacy, Youth and Community Work, Psychology, Applied Psychology, Counselling, Advocacy, Celtic Studies, Bilingual and Multilingual Studies, Language Policy and Planning, Social Inclusion, Inclusive Studies and with others, such as our Advocacy portfolio, currently being validated.

Alongside traditional degree courses, a range of programmes provide professional development, for a range of professionals involved in education in all contexts and in its widest sense: the Graduate Certificate in Professional Development, the Higher Education Certificate in Counselling Skills, the Certificate of Continuing Education in Professional Communication, Certificate in Policy and Language Planning, Postgraduate Certificate in Subtitling, the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood, Foundation Degree in Inclusive Studies for Teaching Assistants. Beyond this there are a series of MA degrees including some in the fields of Early Years, Early Literacy, Youth and Community Work, Equality and Diversity, Counselling Practice.

Such programmes allow the learner to engage in complex debates and critical analysis of policy and theory in practice.