Professor Emma Smith

Professor of Education

BSc (Manchester)
PGCE (Manchester)
MEd (Wales)
PhD (Wales) 

Tel: 0116 252 5747


Emma joined the School of Education in August 2012 from the University of Birmingham where she was Professor of Education and Social Justice. Following a career as a Chemistry teacher and Head of Special Educational Needs in the South Wales valleys, Emma left teaching and joined academia upon completion of her PhD in late 2002. Emma has held academic and research posts at Cardiff University, and the Universities of York and Birmingham.



Undergraduate teaching: SY3091 Education and Social Justice module convenor

Postgraduate teaching: College doctoral training programme Quantitative Research Methods, module convenor

Using quantitative secondary data in qualitative research, Advanced doctoral training module, module convenor.

Supervision of doctoral and masters level students

I am also keen to supervise doctoral students who wish to research national and international issues of education policy and social justice in both compulsory and post-compulsory education. 

Selected Recent Publications

Recent books

Wyse, D., Selwyn, N., Smith, E., Suter, L.E., (2016), The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research, Eds., London: Sage.

Smith, E., (2012), Key Issues in Education and Social Justice, London: Sage.

Recent journal articles

Smith, E., White, P., (2016): A ‘great way to get on’? The early career destinations of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates, Research Papers in Education, DOI: 10.1080/02671522.2016.1167236

Douglas, G., Travers, J., McLinden, M., Robertson, C., Smith, E., (2016), Including pupils with special educational needs and disability in national assessment: Comparison of three country case studies through an inclusive assessment framework’, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education,63(1).

Smith, E., (2015), Can higher education compensate for society? Modelling the determinants of academic success at university, British Journal of Sociology of Education, DOI 10.1080/01425692.2014.987728

Smith, E., White, P., (2015), What makes a successful undergraduate?The relationship between student characteristics, degree subject and academic success at university, British Educational Research Journal, 41(4), pp686-708, DOI:10.1002/berj.3158

Smith, E., (2015), What happened to the Beacon schools? Policy reform and educational equity, Oxford Review of Education, 41(3), pp367-386, DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2015.1031649

Smith, E., Nelson, J., (2015), Using the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey to examine the prevalence and characteristics of families who home educate in the UK, Educational Studies, 41(3), pp312-325, DOI:10.1080/03055698.2015.1005577

Smith, E., Douglas, D., (2013), Special educational needs, disability and school  accountability: an international perspective, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18(5), pp443-458

Smith, E., Gorard, S., (2012), ‘Teachers are kind to those who have good marks’: a  study of Japanese young people’s views of fairness and equity in school,  Compare, 42(1).

Smith, E., (2011), Women into Science and Engineering? Gendered patterns of participation in UK STEM subjects, British Educational Research Journal,  37(6), pp993-1014.


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