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Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research

CEDAR is an internationally acknowledged research centre undertaking research on a range of educational and psychological issues.

These typically focus on the interface between policy and practice, and include research into new government initiatives across the age range of pre-school to higher education and continuing professional practice.

We also specialise in researching special educational needs and inclusion, disability across the lifespan (especially intellectual disability and autism), and parenting and families research. We emphasise combined methods research undertaken in multi-disciplinary teams, secondary analysis approaches, and intervention evaluation designs including randomised controlled trials.


cedar treeAll enquiries should be made to Diana Smith, Centre Administrator (email Diana dot Smith at warwick dot ac dot uk) or direct to the appropriate member of staff. If you have any comments about our website, email A dot J dot Baker at warwick dot ac dot uk.


Congratulations to Dr Samantha Flynn, Research Fellow in CEDAR, who graduated last week with a PhD from the University of Chester. Samantha's PhD was focussed on the psychosocial needs of adults with intellectual disabilities who had cancer as well as the experiences and training needs of healthcare staff who were caring for this population.


Congratulations to Ben Williams, who was an expert trainer on the Who’s Challenging Who? training course, on being a Dimensions Learning Disability and Autism Leader 2018 in the advocacy, policy and the media category. Ben’s story was one of 60 winners chosen to be on the Leaders’ List out of almost 600 nominees.


Research excellence

Warwick's education research ranked 3rd in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

A Better Start

A research team from the University of Warwick are leading a large, multidisciplinary consortium to evaluate a 10-year study designed to improve the life chances of children 0-3: Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start.