PhD Studentship: Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy


The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy was founded in September 2017 in the Department of Learning and Leadership at the UCL Institute of Education, with the core aim to undertake research into primary and early years pedagogy which has a positive impact on education practice and on children’s learning (age 0-11 years). The Centre is directed by Professor Dominic Wyse (Founding Director) and Dr Rosie Flewitt (Co-Director).

The Centre is now offering a full-time PhD studentship to commence in October 2018, that will develop an original contribution to primary pedagogy, or primary and early years pedagogy. Engagement with the work of teachers and their pupils will be a key feature of the research. The successful applicant will demonstrate in a research proposal of a maximum of 2,000 words, and at interview, the original contribution that their proposed research could make to research in pedagogy. Mixed methods designs that include rigorous quantitative elements are welcomed, as are high calibre qualitative studies.

The studentship will cover full tuition fees and a maintenance allowance for 3 years. The studentship is available from October 2018. Candidates will be expected to finish their programme of study at the latest by September 2022.

The successful candidate may be required to undertake the research proposed at interview (with modifications) or be required to undertake different research as proposed by the co-directors of the centre.

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years preceding their start on the programme or who have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

How to apply

Email to request the studentship specification and application form. The completed application form and research proposal of no more than 2,000 words should then be emailed to


The successful candidate will receive a stipend of £21,885 per annum (revised annually) plus university fees (UK rate). Funding is available for 3 years to start in October 2018.

Deadline to apply is 5 April 2018.

Location: University College London – The UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

University College London (UCL)

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. We are among the world’s top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. UCL currently has over 35,000 students from 150 countries and over 11,000 employees. Our annual income is over £1bn.

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in social science and education, ranked number one for education worldwide in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 QS World University Rankings. It was shortlisted for the ‘University of the Year’ title in the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) awards. In January 2014, the IOE secured ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted on every criterion for its initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education programmes. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment of university research, 94% of the Institute’s research was judged to be world class.


For further details please contact Tricia Combs (

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