We are committed to impact, public engagement and knowledge mobilisation through our research and through continuing learning and development for a diverse range of professional stakeholders. We work closely with with organisations, governments, institutions and civil society at international, national and local levels. We contribute to equitable, sustainable and socially responsible developments in education, health and wellbeing.
The book 'The Manifesto for Teaching Online' is a distillation of a research programme beginning in 2011 that focuses on the politics and practices of digital education; this body of work has advanced knowledge of effective, critical digital education that has influenced universities and organisations globally.
This collaborative partnership with the Scottish Book Trust and the City of Edinburgh Schools, Psychological Services and Lifelong Learning departments supports family learning approaches to promote parental engagement with young people’s learning, using the resources provided by the national Read, Write, Count initiative.
Research on initial reading instruction, reading motivation and engagement, and sex differences in motivation, has had a positive impact on the educator sector, through supporting teachers’ professional learning, influencing national programmes and contributing to parliamentary debate.
Internationally-recognised researchers from the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) have had a demonstrable impact on shaping local, national and global public health policy by enhancing international economic assessment of the benefits of walking and cycling.
Research carried out by an international team of researchers led by Professor Iannelli provided new knowledge on the role of the school curriculum in widening access to higher education and promoting social mobility, which informed the work of the Commission on Widening Access (COWA) and the Scottish Government’s strategy to address the issue of subject choice in secondary schools.
Researchers from the Institute for Academic Development and the Moray House School of Education and Sport do internationally recognised work to understand how students learn in higher education and how we can collaborate with them to create the best possible learning experiences.
Digital Education experts have transformed online, distance learning within and beyond the University of Edinburgh, creating vibrant networks of learners around the world participating in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Research demonstrating the educational, personal, and social benefits of universal youth work has emphasised its role in improving the community-based learning and development of young people beyond school education.