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Christmas Fundraising

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Trussell Trust foodbanks / Festive Musical Extravaganza!

This semester staff and students here at Moray House have generously contributed to the Trussell Trust foodbank points which were located throughout the campus up until 30 November. We also enjoyed a 'Festive Musical Extravaganza' from the Saltergate School Choir and our PGDE Students on Monday 4 December in aid of The Child Development Centre in Mae Sot (Thai/Burma Border).

Poster - Moray House Christmas Fundraising

National Improvement: Framework consultation

Moray House response

Moray House School of Education is happy to have produced the following response on the recent public consultation from Scottish Government.

National Improvement: Framework Consultation on measuring the attainment gap and milestones towards closing it​​​

Details of response to Government (pdf)

4th ESREA Conference - Edinburgh 2018

4th ESREA Conference - Edinburgh 2018

4th conference of the ESREA Migration,Transnationalism and Racisms Network | Building solidarities for Anti-Racist Adult Education  | 13-15 June 2018

This the 4th conference of the ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults) Migation Transnationalism and Racisms Network was held in Edinburgh from 13-15 June 2018.

Venue: Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

Visit the conference website for key dates and further information:

Conference Website

SPARC Conference


SPARC Conference 2017 | 23 November 2017

Following the success of SPARC 2016 (a networking event for those involved in physical activity research, policy and practice in Scotland), PAHRC hosted SPARC 2017 in Edinburgh on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Commemorating the work of Professor David Raffe

We’re pleased to announce that a special issue of the Journal of Education and Work (volume 30, 2017) in honour of the late Professor David Raffe has now been published. David was Professor of Sociology of Education at the University, Director of its Centre for Educational Sociology as well as serving as Director of Research at the Moray House School of Education.

The special issue, “Bridging Divides – social science, educational policy and the improvement of education and training systems: an appreciation of the contribution of David Raffe (1950 – 2015)”, can be accessed through the link below. It highlights the immense contribution David made to educational and sociological research and features articles by leading researchers in the UK, Europe and US that demonstrate the continuing relevance of his intellectual legacy.

Special issue of  'Bridging Divides'


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New Moray House School of Education MOOC: Introduction to Social Research Methods

How does ‘society’ function? What makes ‘culture’? These are crucially important questions that can help us to understand the most pressing issues that human beings face today – but how do we answer them? This new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Moray House School of Education will explore the techniques and approaches used by researchers to answer difficult questions about the social world.

This course is free to participate in, so whether you are a student interested in finding out more about research, a member of staff curious about online provision, or someone from outside the University looking for life-long learning opportunities, you can sign up using the link below.


Are you feeling innovative?

Donor-funded small project grants of up to £5000 available to students and staff to support innovations in teaching, research and student life

Two windows of opportunity open at the University for six weeks each year to support creative ideas that need a financial kick start. Students and staff are invited to present innovative project ideas or activities during spring and autumn to compete for a share of around £150,000.

100% funded through donations to the Edinburgh Fund, Innovation Initiative Grants (IIGs) are an opportunity for graduates and friends of the University to invest in its future and support new thinking in research, teaching and student life.

Past projects

£3,600 enabled Spyros Kizis, a student from Edinburgh College of Art, to design an eco-friendly furniture collection made out of artichoke thistle reinforced plastic - a material he designed himself.
£2,270 helped Dr Adam Kirrander create an interactive and educational computer game for Explorathon 2015, an event celebrating science and the work of European researchers that took place at the National Museum of Scotland.
£1,984 enabled a group of students to set up The Swap and Reuse HUB co-op (SHRUB). This student-led cooperative aims to provide a centre for reusing items and learning about reuse through skill sharing, exchanging and upcycling.
£2,000 enabled Callam Davidson and his team to bring the renowned Pint of Science Festival to Edinburgh.
£912 has given FreshAir student radio a unique opportunity to provide live commentary at Edinburgh sporting events. The grant helped FreshAir society purchase lip microphones similar to those used by the BBC and Sky for their commentaries.

We were so grateful to receive an Innovative Initiative Grant; it allowed us to set up our shop, paint the premise and buy tools for our “repairing workshops” that we will be running.

Joe Thompson, Student and Co-founder of SHRUB

The IIG was absolutely integral to the success of the festival. The generous funding, we received, allowed us to go above and beyond our original aims.

Callam Davidson, PhD student at the Centre for Cardiovascular Science at Little France campus

Read more about students and staff whose projects were made possible by an Innovation Initiative Grant by visiting the IIG site through the link blow.

Further information

The next window runs from runs from Thursday 14 Sept 2017 until 12 noon on Thursday 26 October 2017.

Further information including guidelines, checklists, full terms and conditions and details regarding how to submit your application can be found on the IIG website.

Featured Projects / Further information on IIG website

Interweaving research conference

Interweaving Conference 2017

Interweaving Conference | 6 September 2017

The Interweaving Conference 2017 took place on Wednesday 6 September 2017. This conference was a celebration of postgraduate research from across Moray House School of Education and was a great day of learning and networking. Contributions came from staff and PGR students. Further details about the conference can be found on the conference website.

The Global Impact of Sport

Summer School 2017

Join us in the summer of 2017 to explore the relationship between sport, heritage, and culture around the world with The Global Impact of Sport, a new Academy of Sport short course from the University of Edinburgh Summer School and Moray House School of Education.

Focussing on two themes – Sport, Heritage, and Scottish Culture and Sport and Global Affairs – you will discover how sport has developed as a  cost effective social tool involved in addressing many of the world’s social and humanitarian issues.

Note: There is 50% discount for current University of Edinburgh students on the following courses: 

- The Global Impact of Sport

- Learning Across the Curriculum: On Foot through Edinburgh

- New Directions in Second Language Teaching

Olympic medallist Mark Robertson enters Hall of Fame

Congrtulations to our MSc Strength & Conditioning graduate, Mark Robertson, on entering the Unversity's Hall of Fame in May. Rugby player Mark was a key member of Team GB’s silver-medal-winning Sevens squad in Rio, having played in every match en route to the final.

Olympic medallists enter Hall of Fame

MSc Strength & Conditioning programme

SISN Seminar

Understanding the Nature of Nurture: Influences of Family Relationship on Youth Mental Health | 9 May 2017

Hosted by: Dr Gillean McCluskey, Professor Lani Florian and Dr Debi Fry

Speaker:  Professor Gordon Harold, University of Sussex

Date & Time:  Tuesday 9 May 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Abstract:  Mental Health problems among youth constitute an area of significant social, educational, clinical, policy and public health concern. Understanding processes and mechanisms that underlie the development of mental health problems during childhood and adolescence requires theoretical and methodological integration across multiple scientific domains, including developmental science, neuroscience, genetics, education and prevention science. 

The primary focus of this presentation is to examine the relative role of genetic and family environmental influences on children’s emotional and behavioural development. Specifically, a complementary array of genetically sensitive and longitudinal research designs will be employed to examine the role of early environmental adversity (e.g. inter-parental conflict, harsh parenting practices) relative to inherited factors in accounting for individual differences in children’s symptoms of psychopathology (depression, aggression, ADHD). Examples of recent applications of this research to the development of evidence-based intervention programmes aimed at reducing psychopathology in the context of high-risk family settings will also be presented.

Venue: Old Moray House, Balcony Room

Further information: More about SISN’s work

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Cristina Iannelli, Personal Chair of Education and Social Stratification

Title: Degrees of Success: Widening Access to Higher Education & Social Mobility

Date & Time: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 5.30pm

Venue: 50 George Square, G.03

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PERG Seminar

Dr James MacAllister's Book Launch: Reclaiming Discipline for Education: Knowledge, relationships and the birth of community | 26 January 2017

All students and staff are invited to attend this free seminar/book launch.

Abstract: The seminar will revisit some neglected philosophical ideas about discipline in education. I firstly intend to trace the evolution and development of rules and norms based thinking about discipline in education from Kant through to Durkheim, Foucault. Here I suggest that rules based thinking about discipline in eduction continues to dominate much contemporary school discipline policy and practice.  I will thereafter examine Dewey and Macmurray’s rather more democratic ideas about discipline in education. I will conclude by indicating how I think discipline might serves the ends of education as opposed to socialisation. 

Speaker: Dr James MacAllister

Date/Time: Thursday 26 January 2017, 4.30pm - 6pm

Venue: Charteris Land - Room 3.04

Dr Andrew Murray wins Downing Street award

Dr Andrew Murray, from our University’s Physical Activity for Health Research Centre here at Moray House School of Education, has been announced the winner of the Points of Light Award.  

Dr Murray has raised more than £170,000 for charities that include the Yamaa Trust, the African Palliative Care Association UK and the Scottish Association for Mental Health. He received his award on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November 2016.

Your remarkable running challenges are raising funds for three important charities, but also inspiring countless people to become more active and improve their health.

Prime Minister Theresa May 

Graduations / Open Days

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Graduation is a momentous occasion for every student. We have Winter and Summer Graduation Days.

Open Days are an opportunity for you to come and see the University and out about student life in Edinburgh from those that know it best, our students and staff.


PhD studentships/scholarships

PhD scholarships and studentships in Education.


Research News / Seminars

We already have some research news and details about research seminars / conferences on this page, but you can find more research news and details about many more seminars through the following links.


Professional development courses

We run a wide range of professional development courses.