School of Education and Childhood Studies


SECS student undertaking research

The School of Education and Childhood Studies offers a dynamic environment for the study and research of issues relating to all phases of education from early years to higher education. The diverse professional backgrounds of the School’s academic staff lead to research in areas such as teacher development; mental health; gender and race; pedagogy.

Research projects undertaken by academics are local, national and international.

Locally we are collaborating with Portsmouth City Council and local charities focusing on young careleavers, cyberbullying, mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, as well as social and emotional aspects in relation to learning in schools and early years settings.

National projects include collaborations with the Education & Training Foundation for further education teacher development as well as being the lead provider for the Further Forces programme which seeks to develop armed forces service leavers into further education teachers.

Internationally academic are working on a variety of projects which include; working with schools in North America considering how evidence-led teaching practice can improve classroom attainment; investigating the women’s access to education in some African countries.


The department is home to three research clusters. Each cluster is open to new membership and for more information and who to contact please click on the appropriate cluster’s link.

Mental Health in Childhood and Education (MICE) Hub

The MICE hub has been established to promote research and projects in the field of mental health in childhood/education. The Hub brings together researchers across the University of Portsmouth and beyond with a specific interest in this highly topical and constantly developing area. Read more: Mental Health in Childhood and Education hub

Global Education Children and Outreach (GECO)

GECO’s research engages with education and childhood with a focus on social justice and the right of the child, especially the right to education. Read more: Global Education, Childhoods and Outreach

Higher Education Forum

The Higher Education Forum was established to bring together higher education researchers across the University of Portsmouth in order to strengthen our capacity to engage in world-leading research that is measurably excellent; distinctly innovative; collaborative in nature; focused on diversity; and has demonstrable impact on higher education policies and practices. Read more: Higher Education Forum


If you are considering starting a research career and are interesting in joining our research network you may wish to consider completing your research degree via the School of Education & Childhood Studies. We offer excellent postgraduate research supervision at both Masters and Doctoral level.

More about applying for a research degree in SECS

See our current PhD candidates.