The Social Development Lab is currently recruiting schools to participate in various projects. Please contact the relevant researcher if you or your institution wants to take part in any of our projects.

If you are a parent and wish to register yourself and/or your child/children with the Developmental Studies Centre you can do so by completing our online registration form  here.

  • Adolescents’ use of social media – we are looking for schools to take part in a survey study exploring how 13- to 18-year-olds use and perceive the risks and benefits of social media. This study will involve adolescents completing a set of questionnaires (can be completed in a whole-class setting if we have access to a computer suite or set of tablets/iPads) that will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Please contact Beatrice Hayes at



The Lab offers consultancy in educational research, and has specialism in intervention evaluation. We can also be commissioned to provide various training opportunities, for example for school INSET days or for Local Authorities. Training topics include promoting positive peer relationships in schools, developing peer support systems, and collaborative learning.