Current Projects

The Centre is currently engaged in research covering the following themes:

  • Race Equality and Higher Education
  • Minority and Migrant Women’s Activism against Austerity
  • Teacher Education, Equity and Anti-discrimination
  • Poverty and Ethnicity in Britain


Initial Teacher Education and EAL Learners

Lead: Dr Yvonne Foley (PI)

Funder: The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy

This project aims to explore provision for student teachers in England who are working with pupils learning EAL. It will explore to what extent teacher educators feel prepared to extend the knowledge base, skills and practices of student teachers as they seek to meet the needs of EAL learners. The project blends research and practice to develop modules for trainee teachers and teacher educators with the long-term aim of these professional learning materials being adopted by education providers. Data will be collected in the form of tutor interviews, student-teacher focus group interviews and online questionnaires.

The project will run from 2014 to 2017.

Audit of Complementary Schools in Scotland

Funder: CHSS Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grant

Lead: Dr Andy Hancock

This project is aiming to gather information about complementary schools and community language schools across Scotland, with a particular focus on the ways in which these schools help to support the Scottish Government’s 1+2 Language Strategy. Data will be gathered through an online questionnaire and follow-up interviews. The project seeks to develop a more complete picture of complementary language education provision in Scotland, including the type of languages taught and qualifications on offer. The study will update on findings reported by Joanna McPake (2006).