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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

"The advance of evidence-based approaches: Key lessons from Ireland"
Keynote address, 'Better Evidence for a Better World', Campbell Collaboration Colloquium 2014, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast
16-19 June 2014, Belfast
View colloquium website

"The potential of RCTs in educational research"
Research and Teacher Education Symposium. Event organised jointly by the Teacher Education and Development SIG and the Research Methodology in Education SIG of the British Educational Research Association
Thursday 26 June 2014, University of Chester
View symposium flyer (PDF, 489KB)

"Developing and implementing an RCT that seeks to assess the effectiveness of the Letterbox Club in improving the reading and number skills for primary school children in care"
Conference Paper (Winter, K., Connolly, P. and Mooney, J.), 13th European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents Conference (EUSARF),
2-5 September 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
View conference website

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:

More videos



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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