Institute of Education


Thomas Coram Research Unit

Specialists in researching children, young people and families, particularly those in adversity

Unit Director: Professor Margaret O'Brien

Co-director: Professor Claire Cameron

The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching unit located in the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education, in the heart of Bloomsbury. 

We undertake high quality policy-relevant research about children, young people and family life. Our members are leading psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and social policy researchers with expertise in a wide range of child and family areas and innovative social research methods.

Our unit is at the forefront of policy and service development for children and families. Our research impact was recognised in the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, and in the IOE Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2015.

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