Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

Current Projects

This page shows the projects that we are currently undertaking. You can follow us on Twitter for updates on current projects.

Developing Decolonised Learning Spaces

By John Traxler, Marguerite Koole, Shri Footring, Matt Smith The Tawaw ( project is led by Marguerite Koole from the University of Saskatchewan, Shri Footring, an independent consultant, and Matt Smith and John Traxler at the University of Wolverhampton. It is early days so this is just an outline of our thinking and progress to date. It grows out of Marguerite’s work in language app development with Indigenous

Deep dive on Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and employer education/provider relationships in Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

Funded by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local enterprise Partnership’s (SSLEP) Skills Advisory Panel (SAP), the aim of this project is to review current employer and education provider relationships in terms of the provision of work placements for CEIAG and broader skills programmes. It is also examining determine how education providers and employers work together.

Academic (un)belonging and the neoliberal university: A comparative institutional case study of postgraduate researchers’ experiences at two English universities

The aim of this research is to explore the lived experiences of academic (un)belonging among a diversity of PGRs across pre-92 and post-92 (‘new’) universities in England and how these relate to conceptions of the neoliberal university, with a particular concern with the experiences and inclusion of minority ethnic and international groups.

British Council Digital Education Research

Professor John Traxler and Matthew Johnson of the Education Observatory are working with the British Council to help shape digital learning across Southern Africa. This important research project aims to help enhance learning for thousands of digital users across Southern Africa in a time where educational exclusion is increasing due to the Covid-19

Teaching in The Age of Covid-19

Professor Petar Jandric, from Zagreb, Croatia (Visiting Prof at Education Observatory) and Professor Sarah Hayes are co-editing a set of ca 80 Covid-19 testimonies from academics around the world for publication in the Springer journal: Postdigital Science and Education The first set of testimonies were gathered in March-April 2020, just as the lockdown was imposed in many countries. Follow-up

Black Country Education Insight Reports

These annual reports consider education in the Black Country holistically and broadly. It moves from early years through compulsory and post-compulsory education, addressing key issues such as mental health and special educational needs and disability along the way, and concludes with a look at possible futures.