Institute for Education Futures


The Institute for Education Futures (IEF) will place De Montfort University at the heart of a global pedagogic and educational network engaged in the dynamic interrelationships between educational processes and societies. The IEF will be a bridge between education sectors and types of provider. It will catalyse policy-into-practice, so DMU can address crucial questions about educational futures and become world-leading in this field.


The objectives of the IEF are as follows.

  1. To act as a bridge between REF and TEF activities.
  2. To act as a bridge between the different sectors of educational practice; primary, secondary and tertiary
  3. To build a REF2021/22 Education Studies submission.
  4. To establish a distinctive scholarship culture, in order to inform DMU’s engagement with the TEF, and the delivery of the ULTAS, including support for individual pedagogic projects.
  5. To widen and deepen DMU’s educational and pedagogic research culture, including support for early-career researchers and for career-progression, and through publication and public dissemination.
  6. To create one unified research unit, combining and amplifying research in the Learning Futures Institute, the Centre for Pedagogic Research, and the Education Research Group.