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Professor Daniel Muijs BA, MSc, PhD

Director of Research, Deputy Head of School

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Professor Daniel Muijs is Associate Dean Research and Enterprise for the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Education at Southampton Education School.

Previously he worked at the University of Manchester as Chair of Pedagogy and Teacher Development at the University of Manchester, School of Education, as Chair of School Leadership and Management at the University of Newcastle and as senior at Warwick Institute of Education. He is an acknowledged expert in the field of Educational and Teacher Effectiveness; Educational Leadership and Quantitative Research Methods in Education. He is co-editor of the journal ‘School Effectiveness and School Improvement’. He has published widely in the areas of educational effectiveness, leadership and research methods, and has conducted research for government agencies (DCSF, NCSL, QCA), Charitable Trusts (Gatsby) and Research Councils (ESRC).






Research interests


  • Leadership
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Teacher Effectiveness


Research group

The Centre for Educational Policy

Affiliate research groups

Quantitative Methodologies Special Interest Group, South Asian Communities (SAC) special interest group, Centre for Leadership and Management in Education (CLAME)

Research project(s)

Improving the capacity of School Effectiveness data to inform school improvement and student learning and aspirations

Engaged student learning: high impact strategies to enhance student achievement

Development of the OECD Teaching and Learning International Study questionnaire as part of the Questionnaire Expert Group.

Developing a meta-analysis of school improvement strategies

Analysing the impact of leadership and collaboration on school improvement and effectiveness using international comparative datasets within a multilevel analysis framework.

Analysis of improving schools in coastal areas, using secondary data

Research on the Impact of Federations of schools for the National College for School Leadership

7. A mixed methods study on collaboration in a competitive environment, using the theory of coopetition to interrogate networking and competition in the sixth form college sector.

5. Analysis of factors influencing student satisfaction and engagement for the Higher Education Academy, using PRES and PTES datasets

An evaluation of the School-to-school partnership programme for Southampton City Council, where highly effective primary schools support less effective schools.

A study of chains of academies

11. A study of the impact of school factors on bullying using the theoretical lens of the dynamic model of educational effectiveness.

An intervention aimed at developing pupils social and emotional development with a view to combatting bullying


EU Comenius Network – The Making of Leadership



Book Chapters



Doctorate of Education (EdD)


Research Training Provision (RTP)

PhD Students

Helen Fenton:  Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness

Stephanie Meakin: Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness

Vhyna Ortega: Usefulness of self-evaluation processes in relation to quality improvement in a private university

Professor Daniel Muijs
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number:32/2003

Telephone:(023) 8059 3080

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