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Leadership, Effective Education and Policy (LEEP)

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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

Dr Achala Gupta FHEA, PhD (Sociology), MPhil (EdRes), MPS, MA, BSc

Lecturer B

Research interests

  • Sociology of education
  • Shadow education
  • Educational inequality 

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: achala.gupta@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Miss Chloe Eddy

Research interests

  • Autism
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Professor Chris Brown

Head of School

Accepting applications from PhD students

Professor Chris Downey

Professor of Education

Research interests

  • The relational capital of students and educators
  • Collaborative networks in the work of educational leaders 
  • Educators' use of and attitudes toward data in their professional practice

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

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Professor Christian Bokhove

Professor

Research interests

  • Mathematics education in the classroom
  • Technology use in schools
  • Research methods

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: c.bokhove@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Mr Furkan Uzan

Research interests

  • Contemporary Trends in Doctoral Programmes
  • Post-PhD Career Paths
  • Graduate Employability

Email: m.f.uzan@southampton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Dr Gary Morris BSc PGCE MEd MBA DPhil CBE

Director Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise

Research interests

  • Collaborative learning between tertiary educational institutions and business partners
  • Innovation through collaboration
  • Leading and managing collaborative partnerships in tertiary education

Email: g.s.morris@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Mrs Hazel McCafferty

Email: h.mccafferty@soton.ac.uk

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Dr James Hall CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA, FRSA

Associate Prof. Psychology of Education

Research interests

  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Educational Effectiveness

Accepting applications from PhD students

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

Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Miss Jiayi Cen

Research interests

  • Creativity
  • Educational measurement and evaluation
  • Game-based assessment and learning
My research interests include educational effectiveness and improvement, and the development and use of value-added progress measures in education.
Professor of Education
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