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Education (UOA23)

Bringing together Education and Science

The University of Cumbria draws on the significant outcomes of educational training, research and pedagogy from its legacy institutions, St Martin’s College and Charlotte Mason College, across campuses in Lancaster, Carlisle, Ambleside and London. A cohesive physical and virtual research environment is facilitated by the Learning Education and Development (LED) research centre and the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA).

By bringing this educational research community together, our research mission is “to dismantle disadvantage and promote social justice by engaging in purposeful educational research grounded in practice”.

Research Themes

Research and Practice in Higher Education

Working with Diverse Communities

Outdoor Learning

Human-Nature Relations


4% of our research outputs are ‘world leading’ (4*) and 32% are ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

25% of our research impact is ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)

75% of our research environment is recognised internationally’ (2*)

Impact Case Studies

Underpinned by the university’s clear strategic intent to, “contribute to the social, cultural and economic well-being and prosperity of our communities”, impact is integral to research activity. This is evident across our work in professional learning and international teacher training, philosophies of outdoor activity and living, and nature engagement with young people. Our research has resulted in us working with the Institute for Outdoor Learning, Outward Bound Singapore, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Ocean Youth Trust, Plantlife, housing associations and directly with a number of schools on adult-dialogue, diversity and inclusion, ‘Prevent’ strategy, learner response systems, and school leadership.

Two ‘impact case studies’ were submitted to REF2021, with details below.

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Professor Sally Elton-Chalcraft has undertaken research on 'Fundamental British Values' and 'Prevent Strategy', leading to more equitable practice in school settings and improving understanding amongst teachers.

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Impact Case Study 1

Our Staff Continued

Dr Lisa Fenton, PhD - Lecturer in Outdoor Studies          Dr Liz Mallabon, PhD - Principal Lecturer
Graham Hallett - Senior Lecturer (SEND/Inclusion)   Hugh Moore - Senior Lecturer (History)
Professor Chris Loynes, PhD - Professor in Human Nature Relations