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The Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement (CREU) was launched in 2018 with the core aim of engaging in a focused portfolio of innovative interdisciplinary research into educational underachievement in Northern Ireland.

The mission of Stranmillis University College is “To sustain a vibrant, inclusive learning community, educating, shaping and enriching society through excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.” The key objectives of the Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement align with, and contribute to, the overall mission of the College.

The Centre seeks to build on many years of innovative teaching and learning, robust research and scholarship, and effective community partnerships by cohering our efforts to address one of the most significant and complex societal challenges facing Northern Ireland.

Click here to join the CREU mailing list and receive information about research, events and publications.

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CREU's strategy and activity is guided by three key principles.

Rigour

Adopting rigorous research methods, the Centre draws together the College’s existing strengths in a range of methodological approaches, including community- and school-based qualitative approaches, surveys, large-scale data-set analysis, and randomised control trials. In each case the most appropriate methodological approach will be chosen to address the particular focus of the research.

Partnership

Working in partnership with schools, community and voluntary sector organisations, government departments, and other HEIs in Northern Ireland and beyond, the Centre prioritises a collaborative approach to research, from planning and research design through to analysing the research data and creating joint publications.

Impact

Ensuring impact by linking evidence with policy, through the connections within the College and with policymakers locally, nationally and internationally. Where relevant, children, families, teachers, educational leaders, teacher educators and other stakeholders, are encouraged to participate in the research process in ways that ultimately improve educational outcomes for children.

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Director
Dr Noel Purdy
Assistant Director
Dr Glenda Walsh
Research Fellow
Dr Jonathan Harris
Finance and Development Officer
Mr Mark Shields

For general enquiries about our Centre, email creu@stran.ac.uk

Click here to join the CREU mailing list and receive information about research, events and publications.

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As well as contributing to the body of academic knowledge about educational underachievement, CREU shapes opinion, policy and practice. We:

  • Publish our research on our website and in academic journals.
  • Share our findings and make their implications clear for those involved in the policy and practice of education, welfare and well-being in Northern Ireland.
  • Hold seminars, conferences and events for students, academic colleagues and the professional community in Northern Ireland.
  • Inform education and social policy through workshops, strategic consultancy opportunities, policy reports and presentations.
  • Engage with public opinion through our media presence and by participating in public events and talks.

Click here for our list of original CREU reports and publications.

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The Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement is overseen by an external Stakeholders' Group and an internal Management Committee

Stakeholders Group

Baroness May Blood

Sir Robert Salisbury

Lady Rosemary Salisbury

Dale Heaney

Will Haire

Management Committee

Dr Noel Purdy (Chair)

Dr Sharon Jones

Dr Glenda Walsh

Dr Jonathan Harris

Mark Shields

Graeme Watson

Course image

The Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement (CREU) was launched in 2018 with the core aim of engaging in a focused portfolio of innovative interdisciplinary research into educational underachievement in Northern Ireland.

The mission of Stranmillis University College is “To sustain a vibrant, inclusive learning community, educating, shaping and enriching society through excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.” The key objectives of the Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement align with, and contribute to, the overall mission of the College.

The Centre seeks to build on many years of innovative teaching and learning, robust research and scholarship, and effective community partnerships by cohering our efforts to address one of the most significant and complex societal challenges facing Northern Ireland.

Click here to join the CREU mailing list and receive information about research, events and publications.

Course image

CREU's strategy and activity is guided by three key principles.

Rigour

Adopting rigorous research methods, the Centre draws together the College’s existing strengths in a range of methodological approaches, including community- and school-based qualitative approaches, surveys, large-scale data-set analysis, and randomised control trials. In each case the most appropriate methodological approach will be chosen to address the particular focus of the research.

Partnership

Working in partnership with schools, community and voluntary sector organisations, government departments, and other HEIs in Northern Ireland and beyond, the Centre prioritises a collaborative approach to research, from planning and research design through to analysing the research data and creating joint publications.

Impact

Ensuring impact by linking evidence with policy, through the connections within the College and with policymakers locally, nationally and internationally. Where relevant, children, families, teachers, educational leaders, teacher educators and other stakeholders, are encouraged to participate in the research process in ways that ultimately improve educational outcomes for children.

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Director
Dr Noel Purdy
Assistant Director
Dr Glenda Walsh
Research Fellow
Dr Jonathan Harris
Finance and Development Officer
Mr Mark Shields

For general enquiries about our Centre, email creu@stran.ac.uk

Click here to join the CREU mailing list and receive information about research, events and publications.

Course image

As well as contributing to the body of academic knowledge about educational underachievement, CREU shapes opinion, policy and practice. We:

  • Publish our research on our website and in academic journals.
  • Share our findings and make their implications clear for those involved in the policy and practice of education, welfare and well-being in Northern Ireland.
  • Hold seminars, conferences and events for students, academic colleagues and the professional community in Northern Ireland.
  • Inform education and social policy through workshops, strategic consultancy opportunities, policy reports and presentations.
  • Engage with public opinion through our media presence and by participating in public events and talks.

Click here for our list of original CREU reports and publications.

Course image

The Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement is overseen by an external Stakeholders' Group and an internal Management Committee

Stakeholders Group

Baroness May Blood

Sir Robert Salisbury

Lady Rosemary Salisbury

Dale Heaney

Will Haire

Management Committee

Dr Noel Purdy (Chair)

Dr Sharon Jones

Dr Glenda Walsh

Dr Jonathan Harris

Mark Shields

Graeme Watson