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Supporting educational equality in Portsmouth

How ERIC is helping to improve educational outcomes and life chances for local children

The Education Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ERIC) unit is an initiative developed by the University to help tackle the effects of long-term educational inequality.

The work of the ERIC unit supports the University’s Civic Partnership Agreement and aligns with the Portsmouth City Vision 2040 goal of creating a city of lifelong learning.

What the Education Research, Innovation and Consultancy unit does

While a key purpose of ERIC is to support schools in the University of Portsmouth Academy Trust (UPAT), it has a wider remit to work with all schools across Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.

ERIC works with schools to:

  • embed research and innovation into their classroom practices and wider improvement journeys
  • enable access the University’s academics to help raise pupils’ aspirations and enhance their educational experience

By combining the expertise of the University’s education specialists with the knowledge and experience of school leaders and classroom practitioners, ERIC aims to help schools identify and address challenges, solve problems, and improve teaching and learning.

Other objectives

Alongside its direct work with schools, ERIC is leading a programme of longitudinal research on the delivery of the University’s strategic objective to address the effects of educational disadvantage in our region. This includes monitoring the implementation and impact of its involvement in UPAT.

ERIC also provides research services and consultancy to external clients and partners on a range of education projects, evaluations and collaborations, locally and nationally.

The unit also contributes to the University’s efforts to translate and mobilise knowledge by helping to develop new initiatives that ultimately benefit schools. 

Get involved

Sign up to our seminar sessions

To launch ERIC, the team is running a series of seminar sessions open to school senior leaders and teachers interested in embedding research in the classroom.

Our second session, 'Teacher Researchers: Building Inquiry Culture and Capacity in Schools', is at Woodcot Primary School on 24 May at 3:45pm.

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Our final seminar of 2021/22 will run on 11 July (details TBC).

Meet the team

ERIC coordinates and draws on the expertise of staff within the School of Education and Sociology, where it's based.

The core ERIC team is:

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