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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.


Dr Stephen Cullen appeared in Sir Tony Robinson’s new Channel 4 series, ‘Britain’s Ancient Tracks With Tony Robinson’. Dr Cullen was talking about the defence of Britain in 1940. 

Geoff Lindsay announces the launch of Frontiers in Education, a new open access journal for which he is Speciality Chief Editor for the Special Educational Needs section. For more information see

Geoff Lindsay celebrated his 21 years at the University of Warwick, including 17 years as Director of CEDAR - seen here with Professor Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor at the University’s recent long service awards event. 

GL long service Nov 2016

Geoff Lindsay has been appointed Chair of the Inclusion Commission for the City of Birmingham. Its task is to review the provision made for children and young people with special educational needs and to devise a strategy for its development.

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.