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School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC)

Find out more about our teaching and research activities within the School of Education and Sociology

The School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC) is home to courses and research in the fields of childhood, education and sociology. It's where we examine the world through the way we learn, and where we think critically about society, social structures and social inequalities. We're training the next generation of school and educational leaders and managers, early years practitioners, and the wider workforce working with children and young people. We also prepare our graduates for work in the civil service, in local government, policy and research roles in the charity and third sector locally and internationally. We also offer PGCE teacher training and undergraduate, postgraduate and research qualifications.

Within EDSOC, we're making a difference locally, nationally and internationally through our teaching, research and community engagement. Our research is embedded in our teaching and community engagement.

Teaching

Our teaching areas

Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following areas.

Or read about postgraduate research opportunities on our Education and Sociology and Gender Studies postgraduate research degrees pages.

Research

In collaboration with Portsmouth City Council and local charities, we're researching mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, cyberbullying, and the social and emotional aspects of learning in schools and early years settings. We also undertake research in sociology on a range of topics linked to social inequalities, identities and lived experiences, engaging with the local and national effects of phenomena from citizenship to war-making.

We’ve worked with a range of organisations including the Imperial War Museum, Forceswatch, ichange21, Vegan Society, Friends Without Borders, Connect Futures, and Journeys Festival International. We're working with the armed forces as the lead provider for the ‘Further Forces’ programme, which develops forces leavers into further education teachers.

Outside the UK, we're working with North American schools to improve classroom attainment, and investigating women’s access to education across Africa.

Our Sociology research

Find out more about the work we're doing across our 4 areas of research expertise in Sociology.

Our Education research

Find out more about the work we're doing across our 5 areas of research expertise in Education.

Our staff

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Dr Catherine Carroll-Meehan

  • Job Title Head of School
  • Email Address catherine.carroll-meehan@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Chris Neanon

  • Job Title Associate Head (Academic)
  • Email Address Chris.Neanon@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Mr Andrew Porter

  • Job Title Director of Initial Teacher Training, Associate Head (IT PGCE Schools)
  • Email Address Andrew.Porter@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten

  • Job Title Associate Head (Research and Innovation) and Reader in Childhood Studies
  • Email Address Wendy.Sims-Schouten@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Gina Sherwood

  • Job Title Associate Head (Students)
  • Email Address gina.sherwood@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

Explore our faculty

Explore the other Schools and Departments that make up our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2992

Email: hss-enquiries@port.ac.uk

University Coronavirus Information Line

We're preparing to reopen the campus ready for the new academic year starting on 5 October 2020.

We have set up an information line to manage enquiries from students, parents and guardians, as university life will be a little different in 2020/21 due to the Coronavirus.

Email: infoline@port.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 5588

The phone line is open Monday–Thursday 8.30am–5.00pm, Friday 8.30am–4.00pm and Saturday–Sunday 10.00am-4.00pm.

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