Student satisfactionAn incredible endorsement from our own students, who rated us top in London and 4th in the United Kingdom for student satisfaction. (Complete University Guide, 2018)
International opportunitiesLearn with students from all over the world through our vibrant, international community at UEL, as well as benefit from excellent study abroad opportunities in Brazil, USA, Australia, Sweden and Norway.
95% student satisfactionOur courses have been rated by our students with an outstanding 95% satisfaction rating for academic support and 95% satisfaction rating for our outstanding teaching process.
Who we are
The School of Education and Communities is a highly successful provider of education, early childhood, special needs, social work and teacher education and training programmes. We also play a key role in the provision of education services and professional development throughout East London and beyond. We promote a strong research culture, building on our reputation for innovation within education and communities.
Our department of Social Work and Social Sciences sits within the school and enables students to explore key issues surrounding Brexit, globalisation, leadership, migration, individual wellbeing, and the future.
We offer collaborative partnerships and professional practice partnerships to benefit our students and external partners.
At the University of East London, we offer a full range of Initial Teacher Education and Training courses at primary, secondary and post-compulsory level. These include PGCE, School Direct (Salaried and Non-Salaried and Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeships). We also offer highly successful social work, youth work and psychosocial and community courses at all levels including our post-qualifying short courses if you’re already practising. Our courses in the School of Education and Communities will give you the tools to develop as a practitioner, with the flexibility to specialise in areas that interest you the most.
You will have the opportunity to become part of innovative, world leading, research and teaching on public pedagogy, children’s rights, the mixed economies of childcare, social work, teacher education, HE, and careers education. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, our school was ranked in the top 50 institutions in the UK for our research (41st in social work, 42nd in education).
- We have an extensive portfolio of links with employers including NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, local authorities and school academy trusts, as well as range of NGOs. We have excellent placement opportunities within London and in countries including Brazil, Gambia, USA, Australia, and across Europe.
- Our academics’ pioneering and innovative research is internationally recognised for being up to date and focused on the latest developments in their fields. This means that what is taught is relevant and contemporary.
- Our student placements often lead to jobs being offered immediately upon graduation. As well as finding our graduates teaching and leading local schools, and working in social work settings throughout London, our students have secured jobs at sector-leading organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council and the World Health Organisation.
- An average of 91% of our graduates are in work or further education within six months of graduation.
- NHS Trust
- Social Work England
- Tavistock and Portman Trust
- National Youth Agency
Our recognised accredited courses give our graduates qualifications that are globally recognised.
- Medecins Sans Frontieres
- Local government
- Schools including Stratford School Academy
- Early Years settings
- Housing Associations
Dean of School: Richard Harty
Head of School: Richard Harty
- School Business Manager: Eileen Johnson
- Deputy School Manager: Alison Jones
- Departmental Officer: John Coleman
- Departmental Officer: Nita Fianko
Head of Education, Training and Development: Andrea McMahon
Head of Department, Initial Teacher Education and Training: David Wells
Daniel Ayres – Senior Lecturer, Primary ITE
Erica Cattle – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Catherine Conner – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Simone Corfield – Lecturer, Primary ITE
Dr Christopher Dalladay – Senior Lecturer, Primary ITE
Roussel De Carvalho – Programme Leader, Teacher Education and CPD
Jess Dobson – Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education
Joy Donaldson – Senior Lecturer, Primary ITE
Marwen Elfallah – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Melissa Ghany – Senior Lecturer, Primary ITE
Neil Herrington – Principal Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Aniqa Khaliq – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Dr Warren Kidd – Programme Leader, Secondary/Post Compulsory Education
Elicia Lewis – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Shivanti Lowton – Senior Lecturer, BA QTS
Dr Shrehan Lynch – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
John Macklin – Programme Leader, Teacher Education and CPD
Lizana Oberholzer – Programme Leader, School Direct
Fran Paffard – Senior Lecturer, Primary ITE
Stephen Palmer – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Karen Stephens – Senior Lecturer, Primary ITE
Christopher Tyrrell – Senior Lecturer, Primary ITE
Sheeba Viswarajan – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Simon Woodage – Senior Lecturer, Secondary ITE
Robert Ahearne – Programme Leader
Dr Ruth Brown – Lecturer
Professor Erika Cudworth – Programme Leader
Professor Massimo De Angelis – Lecturer
Giorgia Dona – Programme Leader
Dr Stephen Hobden – Programme Leader
Dave Hyde – Lecturer
Dr Afaf Jabiri – Lecturer
Dr Mark Jamieson – Programme Leader
Dr Maja Korac - Sanderson – Lecturer
Dr Kathryn Kraft – Lecturer
Dr Miriam Mukasa – Senior Lecturer
Dr Susannah Pickering - Saqqa – Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader
Dr Meera Tiwari – Programme Leader
Dr Georgie Wemyss – Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader
Dr Katie Wright – Lecturer
Acting Head of Department / Programme Leader: Paul Adams
Khalil Akbar – Lecturer / Programme Leader
Louise Arnold – Programme Leader / Senior Lecturer
Jonathan Allix – Lecturer
Alison Baker – Lecturer
David Bara – Lecturer
Camelia Baugh – Lecturer
Rebecca Blake – Senior Lecturer
Brown-Wilsher, Paulet – Programme Leader
Dr Iona Burnell – Lecturer
Silhouette Bushay – Senior Lecturer
Fiona Byrne – Senior Lecturer
Hattie Campbell – Lecturer
Heather Cornwell – Lecturer
Tanya Cotier – Lecturer
Rebecca Crutchley – Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader
Eirini Gkouskou – Lecturer
Nigel Godfrey – Lecturer
Dr Janet Hoskin – Senior Lecturer
Ruth Hunt – Programme Leader
Katie Ketcher – Programme Leader
Debbie Kilbride – Programme Leader
Micky Levoguer – Programme Leader
Richard Malthouse – Senior Lecturer
Dr Mario Moya – Programme Leader
Opeyemi Osadiya – Lecturer
Havva Oykener – Lecturer
Charlotte Page – Programme Leader
Ratha Perumal – Lecturerv Graham Robertson – Programme Leader
Dr Jenny Robson – Programme Leader
Gemma Ryder – Senior Lecturer
Ben Taylor – Programme Leader
Athina Tempriou – Lecturer
Evgenia Theodotou – Programme Leader
Tracie Trimmer-Platman – Programme Leader
Rebecca Wood – Senior Lecturer
Stephen Wong – Senior Lecturer
Dr Francesca Zanatta – Senior Lecturer
Facilities and research
The School of Education and Communities is based at our Stratford campus and has a suite of specialist teaching rooms within a dedicated building as part of our school. These are equipped for teaching subjects ranging from chemistry and biology to art and food technology.
Our modern Docklands and Stratford libraries provide a wide range of resources, as well as specialist study areas which are fully accessible during term time.
Whether your future trajectory is within educational or social policy, research or practice our researchers and teaching staff are there to encourage and support you throughout your doctoral journey. Choose from a wide and varied curriculum supported by supervisors nationally and internationally acknowledged as experts in their field. The School of Education and Communities is an international centre of excellence for teacher education and professional development. The School houses three innovative and multidisciplinary research centres: the International Centre for Public Pedagogy, the International Centre for the Mixed Economy of Childcare and the Centre for Social Work Research. Our staff can support you in a variety of topics including teacher education, public pedagogy, comparative education, professional development, early childhood, prison education, social work and youth work.
For more information about our research please visit our Research page.
Hear from our graduates
Neil Tobias, Assistant Head Teacher, Barking and Dagenham. UEL PGCE Graduate, 2011.
UEL was the perfect place for me to begin my journey into teaching. Both the subject and whole school lectures provided me with the in-depth knowledge I needed to prepare me for the classroom and the wider school environment. My journey from classroom teacher to senior leader all began with a PGCE at UEL.