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School of Education, Learning and Communication Sciences (SELCS)

School of Education, Learning and Communication Sciences (SELCS)

A School with global reach and local presence

The School of Education, Learning and Communication Sciences comprises the department of Applied Linguistics; the department of Education Studies; the Centre for Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; the Centre for Lifelong Learning; and the Centre for Teacher Education.

With over 200 staff and 1800 students, including 150 doctoral students, we work with many partners including professional bodies and over 500 schools. SELCS is a welcoming and inclusive community, fostering excellence in research, impact, teaching and regional engagement across all its areas of expertise.

Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics

Explore the wonderful complexities of Language with us. Be infused with a sense of discovery and excitement, and tackle real-world problems from day one.


Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

We have established a leading reputation for research in reducing inequalities and addressing the needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autistic children and adults.


Centre for Lifelong Learning

We have been a centre of expertise in the education of lifelong learners in different contexts for more than 30 years, including Counselling, Early Childhood, Careers, Social Work and Coaching.


Centre for Teacher Education

We place high-quality teaching and student support at the heart of what we do and recognise that our success is built on the strength of our partnership with our students and schools.

Educational Studies

Education Studies

Education has the power to change lives - through work in local and global communities. We are one of the top five universities in the UK in the subject area of Education (The Guardian University Guide 2023).