Mission Statement

We combine the strengths of three institutions – University College London, Birkbeck , and the UCL Institute of Education – to provide the foundation for a national Centre for Educational Neuroscience. Together our objective is to develop this emerging discipline, using our combined strength in neuroscience, child development, psychology, and education research and its applications to education practise to establish a dialogue between researchers and educationalists to further translations of research into practise to improve education and well-being across the lifespan.

What: Our vision is to bring together three previously distinct disciplines – developmental psychology, neuroscience, and education – to focus on a specific common problem: how to promote better learning. This will mean building a new scientific community and a new discipline, educational neuroscience.

Why: We now understand better how learning organises and reorganises the brain, but there is very little research so far that has had an impact on educational delivery. What is lacking is a body of researchers who are expert in education, psychology, and neuroscience, and to create these researchers is a primary aim of the project.

How: We believe we can do this by building on existing research collaborations and creating new initial training, post-graduate research, and continuing professional development opportunities for becoming expert in educational neuroscience.

Impact: Bringing education, psychology and neuroscience together can help in designing better learning environments through the lifespan, and this will lead to more fulfilled and more effective learners.