Institute of Education


About IOE research - text version

Our research has 2 main aims:

  1. Address fundamental questions that have a direct bearing on all members of society
  2. Raise the standard of educational research


Why our research leads the world

  • #1 for education worldwide (2020 QS World University Ranking)
  • #1 education research strength (2014 Research Excellence Framework)
  • £21,000,000 UK education research funding 2013-14
  • 25% of UK education research occurs at the IOE
  • 4x more world-leading scholars in education than any other UK university
  • 300+ academic staff engaged in research

Areas of expertise

  • Disciplines of education. Exploring early years to workplace and lifelong learning, as well as children and families, health and wellbeing, and international development.
  • The organisation and improvement of learning. Investigating factors that lead to tangible improvements in learning taking into account broader social, cultural and historical.
  • Curriculum, culture and knowledge. Appraising the relationship between knowledge, learning and culture in educational environments.
  • Children, families and early learning. Examining early learning and education for children in families and formal institutions.
  • Longitudinal and social research. Studying the long term impact of education and skills in employment, health, social and other outcomes through statistical and quantitative research.


The IOE engages in more than 200 research projects at any one time, funded by UK research councils, charities, government departments and international agencies.

In 2013-14 our total research funding amounted to £21 million.

Research income by source 2013-14

  • 54% - UK research councils
  • 16% - UK central government
  • 9% - European governments
  • 7% - UK charities
  • 14% - Other


View and download the infographic about research at the IOE here.