We are focused on making significant contributions to evaluating and addressing both current and emerging societal challenges.

Individuals and teams from the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) have been or are involved in many research projects that have a significant impact.

  • Mel Ainscow has been pioneering a recovery strategy to help schools in Greater Manchester as they reopen after the coronavirus lockdown. Drawing on lessons from MIE’s previous research on educational improvement, the strategy will address major challenges facing schools during 2021.
  • Neil Humphrey is working with leaders from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and all of the city region's secondary schools on a pioneering project that will survey children about their wellbeing and preparedness for life beyond school, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ola Demkowicz has produced a short film and educational toolkits to share the experiences of teenagers during lockdown in the COVID-19 pandemic through the Teenagers' Experience of Life in Lockdown (TELL) study’s research.
  • Pam Qualter led the largest-ever study on the issue of loneliness with the BBC, collaborating with the Wellcome Collection and researchers at The University of Manchester, Brunel University London, and Exeter University to share key outcomes.

Learn more about out how our research has been making a difference through our case studies below.

Coalition Government overhauls its educational strategy

Research into the largely ineffective Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme and the more successful Achievement for All (AfA) pilot resulted in changes to the educational strategy.

Making undergraduate admissions more equitable

We're improving the support young people receive when putting together their university applications.

Manchester schools rise to the challenge to improve

We used our extensive educational research to design the Greater Manchester Challenge (GMC).

Mapping information landscapes in the workplace

Models of workplace change management are often indifferent to how informational resources available to staff change over time.

Research undertaken at the University of Manchester seeks to address these issues. 

Maths makes more sense

Our researchers created classroom resources and diagnostic tools to improve assessment for learning in mathematics.

Strategies to break links between social and educational disadvantage

Our researchers have supported a range of projects and evaluations of approaches to tackle the link between deprivation and poor educational attainment.

Teenagers' Experiences of Life in Lockdown (TELL)

TELL is a research project led by The University of Manchester and Liverpool John Moores University.

The BBC Loneliness Experiment

The Loneliness Experiment was a study conducted by BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind, in collaboration with Wellcome Collection and researchers at The University of Manchester, Brunel University London, and Exeter University.

Transforming wellbeing provision in education

We’re improving the way schools identify, track and provide support for mental health needs among their pupils.