Institute of Education


Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education

Addressing the need for critical, academically sound research and debate about education in Muslim contexts.

Director: Dr Farid Panjwani

The Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education (CREME) is the first research centre of its kind in a mainstream British university.

Since its inception in 2012, our centre has produced, supported and disseminated research on wide ranging issues pertaining to Muslim education including the theory of Islamic education, the role of the arts in intercultural education and philosophy in schools, education and extremism, education and poverty, and the challenges and opportunities in Muslim faith schools.

About us 

  • Conduct, support and disseminate high quality research on education in Muslim contexts
  • Embed research in Muslim education in mainstream educational research and thought
  • Advise educational bodies, think tanks and government on issues related to Muslim education
  • Support and evaluate educational initiatives - at policy and practice levels.

We approach the idea of Muslim education in three interrelated dimensions:

  1. The experiences of Muslims in education
  2. Educational thought and practice in Muslim contexts, and
  3. The teaching of histories and cultures of Muslims.

We welcome enquiries for research and evaluation and offers for collaborative projects in line with our vision and priorities.

Our staff

Director of Centre

Honorary Senior Research Associate

Honorary Research Associates

  • Dr Arshad Ali
  • Dr Shaikha Al-Ghanem
  • Dr Al-Karim Datoo
  • Dr Mike Diboll
  • Dr Fayvaz Vellani

Administrative Officer

  • William Nicholas

Advisory Board Members

  • Professor Michael Reiss [Chair of the Board], Professor of Science Education, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Clare Brooks, Head of Department, Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Mark Chater, Director, Culham St. Gabriel's Trust
  • Professor Richard Pring, Research Fellow and Former Director, Department of Education, University of Oxford.
  • Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Ghazala Bhatti, Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies, Bath Spa University
  • Dr Julia Ipgrave, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick
  • Idris Mears, Association of Muslim Schools
  • Debbie Jones, Director of Children's Services, Tower Hamlets Council
  • Rev. Canon John Austin White CVO, Emeritus Canon of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
  • Dr M. Manazir Ahsan, Rector, Markfield Institute of Higher Education
  • Ms Aisha Chaudhry, Headteacher, Al-Khair Muslim School, Tooting
  • Mrs Lubna Khan, Headteacher, Berrymede Junior School
  • Professor Hugh Starkey, Professor of Citizenship Education, UCL Institute of Education

Study with us


Our work will be developed over the coming years to cater to the growing demand for courses and doctoral supervision on the topic of Muslim education.

Bespoke courses

We can offer immediate bespoke courses on demand, please contact ioe.creme@ucl.ac.uk.

Our activities


We conduct and promote research on a range of topics including home schooling, faith schools and religious diversity, student performance and aspirations, gender and education, education and employment links, politics of curriculum, vocational education in ethnic minorities, youth identities and digital environment.

Our centre actively encourages participation. We work in collaborative spirit with the aim of cultivating a learning community of academics, practitioners, policy makers and media professionals.

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CREME offers consultancy support and bespoke courses on curricular, pedagogical, philosophical and assessment aspects of education.

Consultancies CREME have undertaken include:

  • Philosophy Course Curriculum Development, University of Central Asia (2017-2018)
  • Intervention Development, CVE & Education, Measurement and Evaluation Commission, Albany Associates and Hedayah (2017)
  • Teacher Education in Punjab - Scoping Report to the British Council, Pakistan (2016-17)

Please contact us with any questions to: ioe.creme@ucl.ac.uk

Working with schools

CREME aims to work with schools, particularly those with a significant number of Muslim pupils. We can help strengthen teachers' capacity to identify their own needs and to collaborate in research to find solutions.

Past projects

For further information, email ioe.creme@ucl.ac.uk

Special Reading Group series

Educational thought in Muslim contexts: Classical texts and their contemporary relevance

CREME hosts the Special Reading Group series, which aims to deepen participants' knowledge of Muslim scholarship, teaching and learning and cognate activities. The series provides participants the opportunity to generate and explore new meanings of seminal texts and discuss their contemporary relevance.

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The aim of our learning resources - articles, seminars' slides, video and audio - is to stimulate scholarly and professional discussions, and to inform policy and media debate. Perhaps most importantly of all, they will be of practical use for the professional practice and development of education practitioners in all phases and sectors of education. 


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Further resources


If you would like to submit an article, please send us a short abstract (no more than 300 words) and short biographical information (about 100 words) to: ioe.creme@ucl.ac.uk. Should the editorial board deem your abstract to be suitable, you will be invited to submit the full paper which should be between 3000 and 4000 words.

Full papers

We welcome reflective pieces, papers summarising research, distillations of unpublished Masters and Doctoral theses and extended book reviews. Submitted papers will be subject to peer review and editorial processes leading to formal acceptance and online publication. All materials published as part of this project are copyrighted to the IOE. However, they will be freely available for reasonable use on the understanding that appropriate credits or citations are given.



Previous events

Symposium on the Comparative Study of Religious Seminaries, UCL Institute of Education, 5 October 2016

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