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Supporting educational equality in Portsmouth

How ERIC is helping to improve educational outcomes and life chances for local children

The Education Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ERIC) unit is an initiative developed by the University to help tackle the effects of long-term educational inequality.

The work of the ERIC unit supports the University’s Civic Partnership Agreement and aligns with the Portsmouth City Vision 2040 goal of creating a city of lifelong learning.

What the Education Research, Innovation and Consultancy unit does

While a key purpose of ERIC is to support schools in the University of Portsmouth Academy Trust (UPAT), it has a wider remit to work with all schools across Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.

ERIC works with schools to:

  • embed research and innovation into their classroom practices and wider improvement journeys
  • enable access the University’s academics to help raise pupils’ aspirations and enhance their educational experience

By combining the expertise of the University’s education specialists with the knowledge and experience of school leaders and classroom practitioners, ERIC aims to help schools identify and address challenges, solve problems, and improve teaching and learning.

Other objectives

Alongside its direct work with schools, ERIC is leading a programme of longitudinal research on the delivery of the University’s strategic objective to address the effects of educational disadvantage in our region. This includes monitoring the implementation and impact of its involvement in UPAT.

ERIC also provides research services and consultancy to external clients and partners on a range of education projects, evaluations and collaborations, locally and nationally.

The unit also contributes to the University’s efforts to translate and mobilise knowledge by helping to develop new initiatives that ultimately benefit schools. 

Get involved

Sign up to our seminar sessions

To launch ERIC, the team is running a series of seminar sessions open to school senior leaders and teachers interested in embedding research in the classroom.

Our second session is at Woodcot Primary School on .

Sign up now

One more seminar will run in July (date TBC).

Study with ERIC: Apply for our fees-funded PhD bursary project 

ERIC is inviting applications from suitable candidates to take part in an innovative new project called Going to School in Portsmouth: Children’s Experience of Education, commencing in October 2022.

Candidates applying for this project will compete for one of a small number of bursaries. Successful applicants will receive a bursary to cover tuition fees for three years, plus a £2,000 research allowance for project costs.

Work on this project will involve:

  • Making a distinctive contribution to a longitudinal mixed-methods research programme on the everyday experiences of children in Portsmouth schools
  • Building the data architecture needed to monitor progress toward the University’s efforts to tackle the effects of educational disadvantage, and model trends to inform local policy, service delivery and long-term planning
  • Exploring the harmonisation of project data with data from administrative datasets

For more details on this opportunity and how to apply, visit our FindAPhD page.

The deadline for applications is 2 May 2022.

Meet the team

ERIC coordinates and draws on the expertise of staff within the School of Education and Sociology, where it's based.

The core ERIC team is:


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