The Research Centre of the School of Social Care and Community Practice

Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings peruse in the world, with the world and with each other.

Paulo Freire

The School of Social Care and Community Practice at Bradford College have inaugurated a new centre for Research called REfLECT: REsearch for Leading & Evolving Community Thinking. This encompasses many of the themes of the School's research emphasising the inter-professional and theoretical concepts of the School's disciplines. The centre's research themes also enable collaborations through border pedagogies.

The centre for research in the School of Social Care and Community Practice critically explores the concepts and discourses that exist in a contemporary globalised world. The school actively immerses its disciplines with the local communities of Bradford Context, and surrounding areas, in establishing an array of inter-professional collaborations. It has also developed a wide range of regional, national and international collaborations with colleges, universities and professional agencies. This includes students and academic colleagues within the ERASMUS programme and the Internationalisation portfolio.

The school embeds a range of approaches:

  • person centred, 
  • holistic, 
  • enabling, 
  • emancipatory, 
  • inclusive, 
  • informing, 
  • opportunity creating,

whilst being:

  • comparative, 
  • exploratory & enhancing,
  • critical, analytical & questioning, 
  • challenging within a safe space
  • equality led, celebrating difference & open-minded…

Research themes

REfLECT Research Themes Diagram

The school sees the purpose of the research centre to be:

‘…activities [that] should both engage with the knowledge creation process within subject disciplines and, through the application of research, contribute to the development of professional practice at local, national and international levels.’ (Bradford College, 2015)

For further details and discussions please contact the School's Scholarship & Research Coordinators (SRCs):

Ian Jones and Dr Trevor Rodgers-Gray

Email: [email protected]