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Delivering action research

is currently supported by twelve universities who will be delivering sessions about action research for teachers.

As eedNET grows, so there will be more universites involved in the UK and internationally.

Currently eedNET universities are spread across the UK like this:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Bath Spa University
  • University of Brighton
  • Institute of Education, University of London
  • University of Leeds
  • Manchester Metropolitan University 
  • Newcastle University
  • Plymouth University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Wolverhampton

The School of Education is recognised as a national and international centre of excellence for creative and innovative thinking and practice in the field of professional and inter-professional learning and development.

It contributes to the development of a world class education system in Scotland through excellence in teaching, research, and innovation.

The School has, and continues to receive, significant government development funding influencing policy and informing practice across Scotland and further afield.

The work of the School is centred on initial teacher education, adult and community education and the continuing professional development of teachers and related professionals.  A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are offered which take account of national policies and priorities, and are flagship programmes in terms of innovative pedagogies and often involving technology-enhanced learning.

 The School of Education at Bath Spa University is one of the largest providers of education in the South West and has outstanding (Grade 1) Ofsted ratings for all three of its teacher education programmes: Primary, Secondary and Further Education. Our undergraduate Education Studies courses are exciting and innovative, preparing for teacher training or a range of other careers in schools and industry. We provide a wide range of Masters Degrees and for teachers and other professionals. Our success derives from our excellent relationships with schools and many other organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.


The University of Brighton School of Education and its Education Research Centre has a long-established and excellent reputation for providing high-quality teacher education, professional development and qualifications for adults working with children and young people. Our aim is to influence professional practice to improve the educational experiences and achievement of learners.  We are committed to creating knowledge through discovery, integration, application and teaching. Our aim is to foster critical understanding of learning in diverse cultures and complex worlds. Our focus is on social justice, democracy and voice. We have a responsibility to ‘leave a trace’ of our thinking, critical analysis and activity in order to make a contribution to knowledge in practice.


The Institute of Education, University of London (IOE) is one of the world's leading centres for teacher education, educational research and related social sciences. The IOE works with London schools to provide a collaborative approach to initial teacher education, continuing professional development, leadership development, and research. We work with primary, secondary and special schools to support and accredit Continuing Professional Development which meets both individual needs and school development priorities. As the demands on education shift, and as schools change, there are increasingly flexible opportunities for the Institute and schools to work as partners to improve outcomes for all children and young people across London. The IOE works with schools through a range of practice-based programmes, including short courses, Post-Graduate Certificates, Diplomas and Masters degrees. Practice-based programmes, including teacher research modules, are taught in schools and online to fit in with teachers’ busy working lives and there is a wide range of opportunities for teachers to select the most appropriate way to further their development with the IOE.

The School of Education at the University of Leeds is recognised as one of the very best in the UK for its research and teaching excellence. In terms of world leading research, we are ranked in the top 5 in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

In teaching, our high quality courses are informed by cutting-edge research and are relevant to professional contexts in the UK and beyond. We collaborate with research and teaching partners across the world.

The Institute of Education at MMU is a leading UK Centre for Educational research and study. It is the major provider of ITT and CPD in the North West. The Institute is based on two campuses, Didsbury (Greater Manchester) and Crewe (Cheshire) and has a distinctive reputation for providing high quality learning experiences at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The Institute houses the Educational and Social Research Institute (ESRI), which is an important and expanding centre of excellence in educational research and evaluation, with a thriving research community.
It is committed to research-enriched professional practice and aims to offer the best and most innovative approaches to research-informed professionalism in the UK, across a growing range of professional areas. It received the highest grading of any of the new universities in the last research Assessment Exercise, and its research degree training is recognised by the Economic and research Council (ESRC).
MMU's Professional Development Programme for Postgraduates offers all professionals working within the education community high quality courses in professional development that enhance their skills, extend their knowledge and challenge their thinking. We offer site based and practice based programmes of study .
We are pleased to be part of the Expansive Education Network in its inaugural year.



The Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT) is part of the School of Education, Communication and Language Science at Newcastle University.  We have 20 years of experience of researching and promoting innovative pedagogies and curricula.  Through working in partnerships with teachers, schools and charities we have learned the hard way about the importance of leadership and professional learning, rooted in dialogue. These partnerships have headlined Thinking Skills, Metacognition, Learning to Learn, Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLES) and Enquiry Based Learning. 

In partnership with Park View School

"Park View School is an international school at the heart of the local community that helps to develop highly accomplished and caring individuals who contribute positively as global citizens.”


Plymouth University is excited to have been invited to be part of the Expansive Education Network and is pleased to be able to build on its extensive past activity around Action Research and other work with schools in the SW region and beyond. The Faculty of Health, Education and Society has a long history of working in partnership with local schools and colleges. Through its International Masters Programme (IMP) in particular, it collaborates with colleagues in school settings to promote and support professionals working with children to further develop their practice and therefore the pupils' learning experience. This new work with the Expansive Education Network offers opportunities to see this enhanced and developed even further.

The Centre for Science Education (CSE) at Sheffield Hallam University is a research and business development unit specialising in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, but in particular, science.
CSE creates, manages and delivers resources, projects and initiatives to support teachers and students at all levels of education.
The main aspects of our work are:
•curriculum development
•continuing professional development (CPD)
•research and evaluation
•regional enhancement and enrichment activity
•consultancy In its work the centre strives to raise young people's engagement in science and progression to further study and careers in STEM.
Our vision is 'Creativity that works', reflecting a passionate belief that by inspiring and capturing the imagination of youngsters they will be motivated towards science careers and qualifications. But creativity has to work, allowing all young people to reach their highest levels of attainment.
CSE works with a diverse group of networks including charities and trusts, business and professional bodies, operating nationally, internationally and locally and is a hub for regional STEM activity. CSE houses the Regional Science Learning Centre, SETPOINT South Yorkshire, the Comino Centre for Personal Capability & Leadership a
nd the Women in SET team.

  The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education comprises teacher education provision at the University of Wales Trinity St David and Swansea Metropolitan University. We have a very proud tradition of providing high quality teacher education spanning three centuries. Our primary aim is to supply high quality Newly-Qualified Teachers for primary and secondary schools in Wales. However, we also provide an extensive range of professional development and research opportunities for serving teachers.  We have accredited trainers in Thinking Schools International who can provide bespoke training, for instance on thinking maps. We are committed to working closely with schools  to improve the quality of learning and teaching. We want to support teachers  by providing guidance on how they can develop evidence-informed practice in their drive for excellence, particularly in expansive education.

  The University of Winchester has a long history as a centre of excellence for primary education and is the home of the Centre for Real-World Learning. The Faculty of Education has a strong reputation in Education Studies, based on research-led teaching and teaching-led research, particularly around philosophical and educational studies, and in the history of women's education. Research projects currently span a range of multi-professional
settings, including Early Years, and higher education itself, as well as teacher education, and education in sites of learning that range from museums and archives to the outdoors. There are a range of Masters level and CPD opportunities for teachers interested in pursuing further study.

The School of Education (SEd) at the University of Wolverhampton offers a comprehensive range of nationally-recognised courses in education for future and current education professionals. From cutting-edge teacher training courses and undergraduate courses covering the education sector to research degrees and continuing professional development (CPD) for all education professionals.


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