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Mathematics Education Group

Promoting research-informed teaching practice in the field of mathematics education and supporting the development of young researchers, from early years to university level.

The Mathematics Education Group (MEG) is one of the largest groups of mathematics education researchers in the UK.

We are interested in exploring the processes involved in the teaching and learning of mathematics, developing, evaluating and enhancing pedagogical practices, in an effort to broaden and enrich the mathematics education research field and promote research informed practices.

About us

What we do

Every member in the MEG is involved in a variety of research topics that explore the teaching and learning of mathematics and analyse pedagogical practice aimed at enriching the mathematics teaching and learning.

We are also involved in teaching, such as the Initial Teacher Education programmes and Master’s courses and modules across IOE, running Continuous Professional Development sessions for mathematics teachers and promoting research informed practice.

Part of our mission is to offer high quality teaching, while providing high-quality student support, but also develop our postgraduate students’ research skills in the field of mathematics education.

Special Interest Group (SIG)

Our Special Interest Group (SIG) for Mathematics Education is a forum to support those engaged in research, teacher education and curricular design within the field of mathematics education.

Our main activities are:

  • Research seminars: Led by academics from around the UK and beyond, these sessions discuss recent developments in Mathematics Education Research and  all are welcome to attend.
  • Current issues: These discussions are facilitated by members of the UCL Team and address current issues in Mathematics Education such as policy changes  reports or consultations that have the potential to impact on the field. These are open to all our staff and postgraduate researchers.
  • Researcher development: Also open to UCL staff and post-graduate research students. These include work-in-progress meetings and also more explicit ‘training’ events, such as the one where colleagues can learn from the knowledge and expertise within the group. They aim to provide a supportive environment in which to develop research, teaching and other projects in mathematics education from initial ideas right through to publication.
  • Staff and curriculum development: These meetings are for IoE Mathematics Education staff only. The SiG time-slot is a convenient time for staff to come together to support each other and discuss curriculum planning and administrative matters. These meetings mainly occur at the start and end of term.

Who can join us?

Most group members are based at IOE. But academics and research students working in the field of Mathematics Education, from anywhere in the world, can join. Membership is free and there is no joining procedure. Just turn up to our events (click on link to the SiG page), when you can.

Calendar and further information

For additional information and the calendar of past and future events please visit our weebly page:

Who is the group coordinator?

Our group is jointly coordinated by Nick McIvor and Laurie Jacques. For more information, please contact Nick at nick.mcivor@ucl.ac.uk and Laurie at laurie.jacques@ucl.ac.uk.


Our research


Our members currently research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Digital Technology in mathematics education
  • Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Training and School-based Mentor Training
  • Instructional and Task Design
  • Curriculum Resources and Curriculum Change
  • Mathematics Discourse
  • Teaching mathematics to pupils with special educational needs
  • Equity and Social Justice in mathematics teaching
  • Design, creation and use of Assessment strategies.
  • Mathematics education policy and its implementation
  • Large scale international assessments in mathematics
  • Mathematics education and gender
  • Mathematics curriculum and curriculum systems
  • Mathematics teacher education in sub-Saharan Africa

Our MEG members are involved in a number of research projects - please check individual team profiles linked above for detail.

Some of the projects include:

Study with us

Postgraduate studies


If you are interested in studying with us to qualify as a mathematics teacher, please see: 


If you are a graduate student, looking into carrying out a Master’s Degree, please see:

PhD and EdD

If you are wanting to apply for an EdD or a PhD degree with our group, please submit your 'Expression of Interest' with a title and a project proposal of approximately 1500 words, suggesting a potential supervisor or a supervisory team of up to three possible supervisors from our group, by email to meg@ucl.ac.uk

If you are interested in carrying out an MPhil/PhD degree at our IOE’s Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department, you will find more information on:

If you are interested in carrying out an EdD degree at our IOE’s Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department, you will find more information on:

For more information regarding how to apply for graduate research degrees, please visit:

For more information on how to find a supervisor, please see:

    Professional development

    Develop as a mentor of early career maths teachers through engagement with robust and up-to-date mathematics education research. A short online asynchronous course is available on the FutureLearn:

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