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Leadership, effective education and policy

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We bring together colleagues to research the areas of leadership, school improvement, educational effectiveness and policy.

Part of Education

About

We aim to influence policy, practice and research methodology across a range of educational contexts and sectors. This includes schools, further education and higher education.  

With the support of government agencies, charities and research councils, we have had leading roles in advising policy-makers across the world.
 
LEEP's main research interests are:  

  • educational effectiveness
  • management, leadership and improvement
  • employment policy, lifelong learning and the labour market
  • teacher training and teacher effectiveness
  • equity, equality and competition

  
Our research is informed by our focus on:  

  • advanced quantitative methods
  • qualitative approaches, including case-studies of educational organisations
  • policy
  • social network analysis
  • randomised control trials
  • conceptual testing

Members perform roles including journal editing, serving on editorial boards and taking leadership roles within the academic community.

People, projects and publications

People

Professor Chris Downey

Associate Dean Education

Research interests

  • The relational capital of students and educators
  • Collaborative networks in the work of educational leaders 

Connect with Chris

Email: c.j.downey@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Doctor James Hall AFBPsS, FHEA, FRSA

Associate Prof. Psychology of Education

Research interests

  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Developmental Psychopathology

Connect with James

Email: j.e.hall@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Doctor Maria Kaparou

Lecturer

Research interests

  • Maria’s main research interests are:
  • Educational leadership and management, particularly focused on instructional leadership/Leadership for Learning; leadership and management for school improvement within MATs;

Accepting applications from PhD students

Connect with Maria

Email: m.kaparou@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Professor Martin Dyke PhD, MSc, BA (hons), PGCE.

Head of School

Research interests

  • Lifelong Learning and Work-related Learning
  • Experiential Learning

Accepting applications from PhD students

Connect with Martin

Email: m.dyke@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Professor Michael Tomlinson

Professor

Research interests

  • Education, employment and employability
  • Transitions from education to work

Accepting applications from PhD students

Connect with Michael

Email: m.b.tomlinson@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

My research interests include educational effectiveness and improvement, and the development and use of value-added progress measures in education.
Associate Dean Education
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