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Welcome to my personal website. I am Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at Queen's University Belfast.

This site provides information on my research, publications and forthcoming activities. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and ResearchGate.

Forthcoming Talks

"Improving educational standards through shared education"
Opening address, Raising Standards in Education in Northern Ireland, Capita Conference
Friday 28th February 2014, Belfast
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"Young children and prejudice: why we should be concerned and what we can do about it"
Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Council Chamber, Queen's University Belfast,
Tuesday 25th March 2014, Belfast
To book a place please contact June Clawson at: or phone 028 9097 3324

"Building respect for diversity through shared education"
Invited talk, Building the Ideal Society Through Law and Education,
International conference organised by Northern Ireland Dialogue Society and School of Law, Queen's University Belfast, Great Hall, Queen's University Belfast
Friday 2nd May 2014, Belfast

Shared Education

Visit the website of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education where you can view our final report and all of the evidence submitted. Click on the image below to watch a video of our briefing of the Education Committee and read online the official minutes of the briefing (Hansard)

Screenshot of video of briefing of the Education Committee

On 22 October 2013, the Minister of Education, John O'Dowd MLA, gave his formal response to our report where he accepted all 20 of our recommendations. Read the minister's statement online (Hansard).

Paul Connolly


Key issues and challenges associated with doing randomised controlled trials in education. Talk given at Alliance for Useful Evidence event (10 mins):

Explaining the findings of our randomised controlled trial evaluations of Sesame Tree to Hilda the Hare:

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Quantitative Data Analysis in Education: A Critical Introduction Using SPSS

Book Cover: Quantitative Data Analysis in Education

Book Review: "Thank you! In his book Quantitative Data Analysis A critical introduction using SPSS, Professor Paul Connolly has produced a masterpiece for researchers who 'Don't do numbers', and have found themselves having amassed a desk full of quantitative data now needing analysis ... Empathetic, incredulous, ingenious! ... I have no hesitation in recommending this book to students and researchers who need a working knowledge of using SPSS."

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