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Pushing boundaries

Our research

We conduct and contribute to research across a wide range of topics relating to higher education, the student experience and learning opportunities. Our research can broadly be categorised into four themes: technology-enhanced learning and digital engagement; innovative pedagogy and assessment; work-based learning and employability; and student engagement.

Meet our researchers

Marcellus Mbah

Dr Marcellus Mbah

Marcellus is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, researching in various areas related to education. Learn more about his work.
Jacqueline Priego

Dr Jacqueline Priego

Jacqueline is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at CEL and has published widely in the area of social representations. Explore her research.
Dr Alex Wardrop

Dr Alex Wardrop

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellow within CEL, Alex has a particular interest in fair access to higher education. Find out more about her work.

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We have published widely on our core areas of interest. Learn more about the research we've conducted and the resulting publications.

Classroom based learning and teaching

Fair Access

Fair Access is an important topic in the UK higher education sector, see how we’re contributing in this area.

Paola Palma


BU's research was rated as world leading in REF2014, and we're aiming to improve on our performance in REF2020. Find out more about our preparations.