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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Child development
- Social emotional learning
- Using experimental methodology, systematic review and meta-analysis to generate and better understand evidence of what works


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Personal profile

Research Statement

My research focusses on early childhood education and methods in the field of ‘what works’ in education, specifically social emotional development, academic attainment and programme evaluation. I have conducted over 25 large-scale studies, which have included: randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, quasi-experimental studies and surveys.


Leadership roles

Director: Campbell UK & Ireland

Disciplinary Lead for Education

Shadow REF Champion (Education)


Recent Projects

Miller, S., Keenan, C., Hanratty, J. (2019-2020). Three systematic reviews on improving outcomes for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessnees, Centre for Homelessness Impact

Connolly, P., Dunne, L., Kee, F., McGovern, M., Miller., S., Taylor, L., Winter, K., Woodcock, K. (2017-2020). Early childhood development for peacebuilding, National Institute for Health research (NIHR)

Connolly, P., & Miller, S. (2015-2016). The effectiveness of school based social emotional learning programmes: a systematic review, HSC R&D Office

Miller, S., Dunne, L. (2017-2019). A cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation of the Peep Learning Together Programme, Education Endowment Foundation

Sloan, S., Gildea., A., Miler, S., & Thurston, A. (2016-2018). A Randomised controlled trial evaluation of ‘Zippy’s Friends’, Education Endowmnent Foundation

Connolly, P., Kee, F., Miller, S., Gildea, A., Sloan, S. McIntosh, E., Rafferty, H. (2011-2015). A cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis of the Roots of Empathy schools-based programme for improving social and emotional wellbeing outcomes among 8-9 year olds in Northern Ireland, NIHR

Miller, S., Sloan, S., Gildea, A. & Thurston, A. (2014-2015) A randomised controlled trial of Engaging parents through text messaging, Education Endowment Foundation

Miller, S., Dunne, L., Millen, S. & McGeady, C. (2008-2014) A randomized controlled trial of the Lifestart Parenting Programme, Atlantic Philanthropies through the Lifestart Foundation




Survey Methods in Education EDD9061

Experimental methods in Education EDD9063


Quantitative Data Analysis SOC9057

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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