The Centre for Studies in Science and Mathematics Education (CSSME) is a leading international centre for the promotion of research, teaching and scholarship in science and mathematics education.

Raising the attainment and engagement of all students is a major focus of education policy within science and mathematics education in the UK and worldwide.

Research within CSSME at Leeds addresses this key issue through a focus on classroom-based learning and teaching and the evidence-informed design and evaluation of learning and teaching sequences.

Researchers within CSSME also have an international reputation for research that examines the interface of policy and practice using both quantitative and qualitative methods.


CSSME was established in 1971, and attracts students, researchers and Visiting Fellows from across the world.

The centre is part of the national and regional network of Science Learning Centres for England, through the White Rose Consortium, and has strong links with local schools.

Centre Directors

Jim Ryder is the Professor of Science Education and John Monaghan is the Professor of Mathematics Education.

Contact CSSME

Director Jim Ryder
University of Leeds