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The care-experienced graduates' decision-making, choices and destinations project: phase two report

Saturday 24 February 2024

Report by Dr Zoe Baker, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in CRESJ.

Too many barriers to publishing data on gender-based violence in HE

Monday 4 September 2023

Anna Bull, Louise Livesey, and Marian Duggan explain why the HE sector needs shared standards for collecting and using data on gender-based violence.

Labour class’ children’s schooling in urban India: a sociological account

Friday 4 August 2023

Drawing upon classroom ethnography and interviews with parents and pupils in urban central India, Dr Reva Yunus's book offers systematic sociological analyses of childhood, labour and schooling in postcolonial, post-liberalisation India.

Report reveals extent of public sexual harassment experienced by Black and minoritised girls in the UK

Tuesday 7 March 2023

A new report reveals the extent of public sexual harassment (PSH) experienced by Black and minoritised girls in the UK - with many saying it has impacted on their mental health, self-esteem and identity.

Three new reports explore inequality in HE

Monday 12 December 2022

Researchers in the Department's Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice have released three reports in recent weeks focusing on inequality in different aspects of higher education.

Slow train coming? EDI in music higher education

Thursday 1 December 2022

A new report into equality, diversity and inclusion in music is published this week. Its authors Anna Bull, Diljeet Bhachu and Amy Blier-Carruthers argue to tackle the inequalities it reveals, EDI must be embedded into the discipline.

Social class still a barrier to progress, study shows

Monday 10 October 2022

Research by CRESJ's Dr Daniel McArthur and Dr Katharina Hecht, of Northeastern University in Boston, has shown that class background remains a barrier to accessing opportunities in later life, even among those who are successful.

Study casts doubt on benefits of grammar teaching in helping children learn to write

Friday 4 March 2022

Lessons on grammar are a key feature of the national curriculum taught in England’s primary schools, but they don’t appear to help children to learn to write, new research reveals.

Sexual harassment in Higher Education research

Friday 19 November 2021

Research by CRESJ's Dr Anna Bull into sexual harassment in higher education has featured in a number of news outlets in light of Al Jazeera's Degrees of Abuse investigation which found that universities were failing to adequately deal with complaints of staff sexual harassment.

ESRC review of the PhD in the Social Sciences

Wednesday 20 October 2021

The Economic and Social Research Council has released a report on the PhD in the social sciences which was written by York academics Professor Paul Wakeling and Dr Sally Hancock in partnership with CFE Research.

Professor Vanita Sundaram to present keynote talk at BERA's virtual conference

Monday 13 September 2021

Vanita's talk titled, 'Exploring educational settings as conducive contexts for sexism, sexual harassment and violence' will be presented Thursday 16 September at the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Government loans widen access to PG study but rising tuition fees risk wiping out progress

Friday 25 June 2021

Government loans to cover the cost of postgraduate study have increased access - but rising tuition fees risk wiping out these gains, according to new research.

Dr Sarah Olive to talk at online Shakespeare, Race, and Pedagogy conference

Thursday 4 February 2021

Celebrating British Shakespeare Association magazine, Teaching Shakespeare, reaching it's 20th issue and tenth year since its inception in 2021.

Welcome to Professor Carole Torgerson

Thursday 26 November 2020

The Department of Education is delighted to welcome Professor Carole Torgerson.

Understanding patterns of access to postgraduate education in the UK

Wednesday 4 November 2020

The Sutton Trust commissions a report on social inequalities and postgraduate education to York academics

Master’s degree loan scheme boosts inclusivity, study finds

Friday 24 July 2020

A loan scheme has enabled more graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds to progress onto studying for a masters, a major new study has found.

York academics lead report into future of social science PhDs

Thursday 18 June 2020

Researchers at the University of York are to lead a review of social science PhDs to ensure the next generation of social scientists remain world-leading and contribute to research in a fast-changing landscape.

Clémentine Beauvais announced as French translator of J.K. Rowling's new novel

Friday 5 June 2020

J.K. Rowling's new children's novel The Ickabog is currently coming out for free in instalments with the French version, being published by Gallimard in book form in November.

Dr Sarah Olive chairs online launch of podcast 'Women and Shakespeare'

Wednesday 27 May 2020

The event featured a streaming of the podcast, with an introduction, followed by discussion led by the creator of the Women and Shakespeare, Dr Varsha Panjwani (NYU) and Dr Sarah Olive.

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies to explore Citizenship across nations

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Department of Education’s undergraduate students collaborate with their counterparts in Pakistan and Norway.

Dr Clémentine Beauvais goes viral on French site Brut

Monday 27 January 2020

A video interview for the popular French online media platform, Brut, went viral last week.

Congratulations to our CRESJ PhD students

Monday 20 January 2020

Our Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice (CRESJ) student, Paulina Bronfman successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

The dearth of data on PhD access, experiences and careers in the UK

Thursday 12 December 2019

Dr Sally Hancock and Professor Paul Wakeling have been busy promoting research concerning the methods of tracking doctoral access, experiences and outcomes.

Dr Sarah Olive receives UKCGE Research Supervisor Recognition

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Dr Sarah Olive has become one of three University York academics, and one of 36 academics nationally, to participate in the UK Graduate Council for Higher Education’s pilot of the UK’s first Research Supervision Recognition Programme.

CRESJ at the University of Tübingen

Thursday 7 November 2019

Dr Amanda Naylor & Professor Nicholas McGuinn have been awarded the role of the Ottilie-Wildermuth Visiting Chair of Teaching English as a Foreign Language by the University of Tübingen.

PhD students present at conferences and create impact

Monday 14 October 2019

CRESJ research students have been busy sharing their research and expertise at international conferences and workshops this summer.

Islam’s influence on Muslim’s youth Higher Education aspirations Conference

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice (CRESJ) hosted a research conference and workshop, funded by the C & JB Morrell Trust* and the Morrell Centre for Toleration, in the York Medical Society in the historic centre of York, on 25 September 2019.


Tuesday 24 September 2019

Professor Ian Davies participated in the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference as a Panel Co-Chair for the theme 'Citizenship Education Research and Educational Transformation'.

CRESJ at the European Sociological Association Conference

Sunday 25 August 2019

Professor Paul Wakling and José Luis (Pep) Mateos-González presented a paper on inequalities of access to postgraduate education in the UK.

Professor Paul Wakeling gives keynote at University of York

Monday 5 August 2019

The keynote was presented as part of the event hosted by University's Graduate Student Association (GSA).

CRESJ duo present at the University of Leeds event

Thursday 1 August 2019

Professor Paul Wakeling and Dr. Sally Hancock presented at 'Increasing progression to, and success in, taught postgraduate study' at the University of Leeds.

Global Super High School Project

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Hyogo High School, Japan has been recognized by the Japanese government as part of an initiative to help prepare global leaders of the future.

CRESJ’s Dr Chelsea Sellers has Publication Success with PhD findings

Monday 15 July 2019

‘Fitting in’ and ‘standing out’: the peer group and young people’s development of reader identity is Dr Sellers’ first publication available in the British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Project ends with Budapest conference: Youth activism, engagement and the development of new civic learning spaces

Thursday 11 July 2019

Our Leverhulme Trust funded project concluded with a fantastically successful conference.

Ian Davies continues as Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong

Thursday 11 July 2019

CRESJ’s Professor Ian Davies has been reappointed as Honorary Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at The Education University of Hong Kong.

Youth Activism, Engagement and the Development of new Civic Learning Spaces Parliamentary Reception

Monday 1 July 2019

On Thursday, 13 June 2019, Professor Ian Davies was part of a team funded by the Leverhulme Trust to create and launch a funded teachers’ resource at the Houses of Parliament in London.

MA students organise a social event with a twist

Monday 10 June 2019

MA students organise an excellent event to celebrate the hard work of all our students this year, and gave staff a chance to answer a variety of questions about academia.

'3 Minute Thesis' finalist Agata Lambrechts

Thursday 23 May 2019

PhD Education student Agata Lambrechts has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 University of York 3 Minute Thesis competition.

CRESJ at CiCea

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Professor Ian Davies was a key note speaker at the 21st annual Children's Identity & Citizenship European Association (CiCea) conference held in Prague, 9-11 May 2019.

Study shows how school textbooks in Germany and England present Europe in different ways

Thursday 4 April 2019

When it comes to views about Europe, it’s well known that Germany and England differ sharply. Research after the Brexit vote shows that 68% of Germans are in favour of the European Union and only 11% would support withdrawal. Compare this with 54% of UK respondents who are favourable to the EU.

Shakespeare, Keats & The Power of Skype

Friday 29 March 2019

Dr Nick McGuinn and Dr Amanda Naylor participated via Skype at an academic conference organised for language teachers at the Institute of English Language and Literature, University of Sindh, by Ghazal Syed on 18 March 2019.

New research on Education and the European Union

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Pre-peer reviewed, pre-copyedited version of an article which will be published in the journal (Educational Media, Memory and Society).

CRESJ Seminar Series: Does Higher Education Have a Civic Bonus? Exploring the Role of Higher Education in the Formation of Social Attitudes in Contemporary China

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Dr. Ye Liu will will present her research on higher education and social attitudes in contemporary China

Ruth Awolola Launches New Childrens Poetry Anthology

Wednesday 22 November 2017

First year BA English in Education student Ruth Awolola has launched her first co-authored childrens poetry anthology - Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry

CRESJ to host 2018 BAICE conference

Monday 13 November 2017

We are delighted that the BAICE conference 2018 will be held at the University of York, Convened by Dr Eleanor Brown.

CRESJ Seminar Series: Coercion, Mimesis, and Normativity in UK Social Science Doctoral Funding

Thursday 2 November 2017

Dr Richard Budd will present his recent research on access to postgraduate education.

CRESJ Seminar Series: Discourses of discrimination towards Muslim children in school.

Monday 16 October 2017

Dr. Oakleigh Welply from Durham University will be delivering our next fantastic seminar in the CRESJ seminar series: "I'm not being offensive but...": Discourses of discrimination towards Muslim children in school.

'Super Global High School' visits York

Thursday 3 August 2017

Students and staff from Hyogo High School visited York in July to learn about global citizenship education.

CRESJ PhD student nominated as Volunteer of the Year

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Agata Lambrechts nominated for York Community Pride awards

Hong Kong grant success

Friday 14 July 2017

Hong Kong research grant and honorary professorship for Professor Ian Davies

The impact of "impact"

Monday 10 July 2017

Does an emphasis on practical application devalue blue-sky thinking? Education PhD student, Jennifer Chubb examines attitudes.

Symposium held on migrant educational journeys

Monday 26 June 2017

CRESJ PhD student Agata Lambrechts co-organised a one-day University of York Migration Network event on 6 June 2017

Prof Ian Davies leads event on youth activism in Toronto

Thursday 15 June 2017

CRESJ Director Ian Davies led a public event on youth activism in Toronto, Canada, as part of his international project funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Congratulations to Dr Paul Wakeling

Thursday 15 June 2017

CRESJ's Paul Wakeling has been promoted to a personal chair in education.

Congratulations to our PhD student Ghazal Syed

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Ghazal has successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

Symposium celebrates 20 years of 'childness'

Monday 29 May 2017

Clémentine Beauvais reports on our recent symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of Peter Hollindale's book 'Signs of Childness'

A Moment That Made Us!

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Well known local author, Tim Murgatroyd, York University Alumnus, inspired fourteen keen students from Kelvin Hall School in a recent creative writing workshop.

New project tackles sexual harassment on campus

Wednesday 29 March 2017

CRESJ researcher Dr. Vanita Sundaram will jointly lead the HEFCE-funded research and action project

British Muslim university students’ perceptions of Prevent and its impact on their sense of identity

Tuesday 28 February 2017

The Prevent strategy at UK universities is designed to reduce the possibility of university students becoming radicalised and so working against them supporting or directly engaging in terrorist activities.

Debates in History Teaching

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Debates in History Teaching remains essential reading for any student or practising teacher engaged in initial training, continuing professional development or Master's-level study

CRESJ researchers evaluate major postgraduate investment

Tuesday 3 January 2017

Drs. Paul Wakeling and Sally Hancock have been awarded funding to evaluate HEFCE's £50M Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015/16.

Government report highlights York Education sexual violence and 'lad culture' research

Monday 26 September 2016

Dr Vanita Sundaram’s research has been cited in the government’s new sexual harassment in schools report.

Conference presentations for PhD students

Thursday 22 September 2016

CRESJ research students have been busy sharing their research at international conferences

CICeA Best Publication Award 2015

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Children's Identity and Citizenship European Association award Best Publication 2015 to Education

Winning UK doctoral degree outcomes and graduates' backgrounds project

Monday 11 July 2016

Congratulations to Dr Sally Hancock who is a Society for Research into Higher Education Newer Researcher Award prize winner.

Phd grant awarded

Monday 20 June 2016

Ghazal Kazim Syed, final year PhD Education student, has been awarded a grant by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust.

Funded student research visit

Monday 20 June 2016

Student Jennifer Brouhard from Oakland, California, received a Fulbright Scholarship to complete her Education research project in York.

3 minute thesis competition

Monday 20 June 2016

We are proud that Education PhD students Veronica Garcia Castro, Laura Louise Nicklin and Laura Oxley qualified for the 3 Minute Thesis Final 2016.

Flash Fiction with Hull school

Monday 16 May 2016

Young people from Kelvin Hall School in Hull worked with York Education undergraduates as part of the Children and Literature Module.

Chinese university funded visit

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Dr Sarah Olive visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), thanks to a research mobility award from CUHK.

New research from new lecturer

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Article on the history of child psychology published by Dr Clémentine Beauvais

Supplementary schools in England uncovered

Friday 29 April 2016

Executive Director of the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education gave a talk at the Department in April.

Quadruple grant success for CRESJ

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Significant research grants awarded to CRESJ researchers by the Leverhulme Trust, Daphne Foundation, Realising Opportunities and British Academy

Ian Davies visit to Nanjing

Monday 25 April 2016

Professor Ian Davies spoke in a series events at Nanjing University, China during March 2016.

The responsibilities of the social studies researcher: international comparisons

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Dr. Noboru Tanaka of the Faculty of Education, Gifu University, Japan recently visited the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice.

CRESJ PhD research in the news

Monday 14 March 2016

Jenn Chubb's study of academic research impact and integrity has made the news in the UK and Australia

Does Citizenship Education connect with Japanese Home Economics Education?

Monday 14 March 2016

Professor Imoto of Kawaga Nutrition University and Professor Arai of the University of Fukui (both Japan) visited the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice in March 2016.

Education student wins PhD competition prize

Monday 1 February 2016

Education research student Laura Louise Nicklin has won the Social Sciences faculty prize in the PhD Research Spotlight competition.

Chinese Professor visit

Thursday 17 December 2015

The Department of Education was delighted to welcome Professor Xiandong Yu from Zhengzhou University, China.

CRESJ students at SRHE 2015

Tuesday 15 December 2015

PhD researchers María Ana Chavana and Jenn Chubb presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education's Annual Conference, 8-11 December 2015.

New book by Ian Davies and colleagues

Monday 16 November 2015

Education, Globalization and the Nation published by Palgrave Macmillan

New MA in Social Justice and Education

Wednesday 11 November 2015

The Department of Education is taking applications for our new MA in Social Justice and Education.

New book edited by Vanita Sundaram

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education Addressing Issues of Gender, Sexuality, Plurality and Power, edited by Vanita Sundaram and Helen Sauntson

CRESJ PhD students present at BERA 2015

Monday 5 October 2015

Our research students were well represented at the British Educational Research Association annual conference 2015 in Belfast

Helping young people to understand and take part in contemporary society

Thursday 10 September 2015

Professor Ian Davies spoke about the importance of focusing on a contemporary society in citizenship education programmes, in an interview given at the National Institute of Education Singapore conference Redesigning Pedagogy 2015.

Farewell to Daibo Chen

Monday 10 August 2015

CRESJ colleagues said farewell to academic visitor Dr. Daibo Chen of East China University of Political Science and Law

Links between university attended and graduates’ future prospects

Thursday 25 June 2015

Dr Paul Wakeling is supporting calls for more scrutiny of graduates’ prospects, following his study showing variations in access to top positions for graduates.

Education and social justice research poster presentation workshop

Friday 29 May 2015

The research students of CRESJ are inviting statements of interest for all students working in education and social justice research for their very first poster presentation workshop, to be held on 11 June.

Citizenship, character and values education Singapore talk

Friday 22 May 2015

Around 1,000 policy makers, teachers and researchers will hear from Professor Ian Davies on ‘Education for a better world: the struggle for social justice in the 21st century’ at an international conference in Singapore.

Accessing and experiencing Higher Education: Adjustment sponsorship and other questions in the sociology of higher education

Monday 20 April 2015

On Wednesday 13 May CRESJ is delighted to welcome Dr. Anna Mountford-Zimdars of King's College London as our seminar speaker

Supporting equality and diversity in higher education

Monday 20 April 2015

Head of Policy at Equality Challenge Unit Gary Loke was the main speaker at an Equality and HE: issues, ideas and initiatives seminar hosted by the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice.

Internationalizing Chinese Universities: opportunities and challenges

Sunday 29 March 2015

CRESJ members attend inaugural meeting of East Asia Research Collaboration Network.

Tackling Lad Culture

Friday 27 March 2015

Dr Vanita Sundaram is to give a keynote address on her research at a ‘Tackling Lad Culture on Campus’ event for higher education institutions in the North East.

Shakespeare for all?

Monday 2 March 2015

CRESJ lecturer Dr Sarah Olive's research looks at how William Shakespeare's works are used within education in the UK and across the world.

CRESJ PhD student in Magna Carta celebrations

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Commonwealth Scholar Joyce Vuban participated in an event to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at the House of Lords

Gender stereotypes make teenagers more accepting of violence

Thursday 12 February 2015

Senior Lecturer Dr Vanita Sundaram discusses how teenagers' opinions about when violence is acceptable or not can be influenced by the way they perceive the relationships between men and women.

Equality and HE seminar

Wednesday 4 February 2015

CRESJ will welcome Gary Loke, Head of Policy at the Equality Challenge Unit, to speak on 23 March, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

CRESJ researchers in Times Higher Education

Monday 5 January 2015

Dr Sally Hancock's research on PhD students was featured in Times Higher Education magazine, which also printed her opinion editorial with Dr Paul Wakeling on postgraduate access.

CRESJ hosts drama seminars

Tuesday 23 December 2014

CRESJ hosted two seminars on drama and education focusing on citizenship and drama in Japan and England; and on the arts, activism and social inclusion.

Ian Davies to be keynote speaker at major international conference

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Professor Ian Davies has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference in June 2015.

CRESJ at SRHE 2014

Wednesday 10 December 2014

CRESJ researchers will speak at this week’s Society for Research into Higher Education annual conference at the Celtic Manor resort, Newport.

Autumn Statement: the experts respond

Thursday 4 December 2014

Access to higher education researcher Dr Paul Wakeling comments on the postgraduate loans announcement in the budget.

Students benefiting from the York Masters Opportunities Scholars scheme

Monday 20 October 2014

Dr Paul Wakeling is leading the research underpinning HEFCE’s Postgraduate Support Scheme at York.

CRESJ at BERA 2014

Friday 26 September 2014

CRESJ was well-represented at the international British Educational Research Association conference, held in London in September 2014.

Citizenship education in Hong Kong

Friday 11 July 2014

Ian Davies invited to the Hong Kong Institute of Education's Social Science Week 2014

CRESJ Summer Seminar 2014

Friday 20 June 2014

A discussion on the possibilities of quantitative secondary data analysis in addressing and informing educational issues

International conference key note speech on the development of citizenship education

Thursday 19 June 2014

Professor Ian Davies was the key note speaker at a conference in Nicosia on Active Citizenship organised by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute in collaboration with the European University of Nicosia and with the support of the European Communal Fund on 6 June 2014.

Creating Citizenship Communities

Monday 2 June 2014

CRESJ members are co-authors of a new book focusing on how education can help young people understand contemporary society.

Addressing the social problem of youth violence

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Dr Vanita Sundaram has a new book published: Preventing Youth Violence: Rethinking the Role of Gender in Schools.

International conference on Educating young people about sex

Monday 3 March 2014

CRESJ member Dr Vanita Sundaram co-organised an international conference at Masaryk University

Department of Education in the USA

Saturday 1 March 2014

Dr Gill Hampden-Thompson recently gave three talks in the USA.

Project set to remove barriers to postgraduate study

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Dr Paul Wakeling, CRESJ member has secured funding to work on a project to support postgraduate students.