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Director of Research and Deputy Head of Southampton Education School, University of Southampton

Daniel Muijs is Professor of Education at the University of Southampton. Previously he worked as Professor of Pedagogy and Teacher Development at the University of Manchester, School of Education, Professor of School Leadership and Management at the University of Newcastle and as senior lecturer in quantitative research methods at Warwick Institute of Education. He is an acknowledged expert in the fields of Educational and Teacher Effectiveness and quantitative research methods and is co-editor of the journal ‘School Effectiveness and School Improvement’. He has published widely in the areas of teacher and school effectiveness and improvement, educational leadership and research methods, and has a strong interest in the relationship between research, policy and practise.

He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and MSc in Managerial Economic (Catholic University of Leuven) and a BA in Communication Sciences (Catholic University of Leuven).

Daniel is currently Deputy Head of School and Director of Research at Southampton Education School, Treasurer of the International Congress on School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), and chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee at Wyvern Academy. All views expressed his own.


  • 2012–present
    Director of Research and Deputy Head of Southampton Education School, University of Southampton
  • 2010–present
    Professor of Education, University of Southampton
  • 2005–2010
    Professor of pedagogy and teacher development, University of Manchester
  • 2004–2005
    Professor of School Leadership and Management, University of Newcastle
  • 2003–2004
    Senior lecturer in quantitative research methods, University of Warwick
  • 2001–2003
    Lecturer in quantitative research methods, University of Warwick
  • 2000–2001
    Research fellow, University of Exeter
  • 1999–2000
    Senior Research Assistant, Loughborough University
  • 1997–1999
    Research assistant, University of Newcastle
  • 1994–1997
    Research assistant, Catholic University of Leuven
  • 1993–1994
    Multifunctional crew member, Quick Hamburger Restaurant


  • 1997 
    Catholic University of Leuven, PhD in Social Sciences
  • 1993 
    Catholic University of Leuven, Postgraduate certificate in Managerial Economics
  • 1992 
    Catholic University of Leuven, Licentiate in Communication Science
  • 1990 
    University of Antwerp, Candidate in Political and Social Sciences


  • 2014
    Lumby, J. & Muijs, D. (2013). Corrupt language, corrupt thought: the White Paper The importance of teaching., British Educational Research Journal, 40(3), 523-538.
  • 2014
    Muijs, D., Kyriakides, L., van der Werf, G., Creemers, B., Timperley, H. & Earl, L. (2014). State of the art – teacher effectiveness and professional learning, School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 25(2), 231-256.
  • 2014
    Muijs, D. & Rumyantseva, N. (2014). Coopetition in education: Collaborating in a competitive environment. , Journal of Educational Change, 15(1), 1-14.
  • 2014
    Chapman, C. & Muijs, D. (2014). Does school-to-school collaboration promote school improvement? A study of the impact of school federations on student outcomes. , School Effectiveness and School Improvement. 25(3), 351-393.
  • 2014
    Kyriakides, L., Muijs, D., Papadastiou, P., Pearson, D., Reekers-Mombers, L., & van Petegem, P. (2014). Using the Dynamic Model of Educational Effectiveness to Design Strategies and Actions to Face Bullying, School Effectiveness and School Improvement. 24(1), 83-104.
  • 2013
    Muijs, D. Chapman, C & Armstrong, P (2013). Can early careers teachers be teacher leaders? A study of second year trainees on the Teach First alternative certification programme. , Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, 41(6), 767-781.
  • 2013
    Harris, A., Chapman, C., Muijs, D. & Reynolds, D. (2013). Getting lost in translation? An analysis of the international engagement of practitioners and policy-makers with the educational effectiveness research base. , School Leadership and Management, 33(1), 3-19
  • 2013
    Othman, M. & Muijs, D. (2013). Educational quality differences in a middle income country: The urban-rural gap in Malaysian primary schools. , School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 24(1), 104-122.
  • 2013
    Chapman, C. & Muijs, D. (2013). Collaborative school turnaround: a study of the impact of school federations on student outcomes. , Leadership and Policy in Schools, 12, (3), 200-226.
  • 2012
    Tolmie, A., Muijs, D. & McAteer, E. (2012). Quantitative Methods in Educational and Social Research using SPSS. Ballmoor, Bucks: Open University Press.,
  • 2012
    Muijs, D., Chapman, C. & Armstrong, P. (2012). Teach First: Pedagogy and outcomes. The impact of an alternative certification programme. , Journal for Educational Research Online 4(2), 29-64.
  • 2012
    Chapman, C., Armstrong, P., Harris, A., Muijs, D., Reynolds, D. & Sammons, P. (2012). School Effectiveness and Improvement: Research Policy and Practise. Challenging the Orthodoxy. London: Taylor and Francis. ,
  • 2011
    Muijs, D., Chapman, C., Ainscow, M. & West, M. (2011). Networking and Collaboration in Education. Dordrecht: Springer. ,
  • 2011
    Reynolds, D., Chapman, C., Kelly, A., Muijs, D. & Sammons, P. (2011). Educational Effectiveness: the development of the discipline, the critiques, the defence, and the present debate. , Effective Education, 3(2), 109-127.
  • 2011
    Dunne, M., Humphreys, S., Dyson, A. Sebba, J., Gallannaugh, F. & Muijs, D. (2011). The teaching and learning of pupils in low-attainment sets. , Curriculum Journal, 22(4), 485-513
  • 2010
    Muijs, D., Ainscow, M., Dyson, A., Raffo, C., Goldrick, S., Kerr, K., Lennie, C. & Miles, S. (2010). Leading under Pressure: Leadership for Social Inclusion. , School Leadership and Management, 30(2)
  • 2010
    Muijs, D., West, M. & Ainscow, M. (2010). Why Network? Theoretical Perspectives on Networking and Collaboration between Schools. , School Effectiveness and School Improvement 21(1), 5-27
  • 2010
    Theodosiou-Zipti, G., West, M. & Muijs, D. (2010). Factors affecting ethnic minority students’ attainment in secondary schools in Cyprus: a focus group study. , Intercultural Education, 21(5), 483-489.
  • 2010
    Effective Teaching. Evidence and Practice. Third Edition. London: Sage.,
  • 2010
    Muijs, D. (2010). Doing Quantitative Research in Education. Second Edition. London: Sage Publications.,
  • 2010
    Chapman, C., Lindsay, G., Muijs, D., Harris, A., Arweck, E. & Goodall, J. (2010). Governance, Leadership and Management in Federations of Schools. , School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 21(1), 53-75
  • 2010
    Muijs, D. & Dunne, M. (2010). Setting by Ability. Or is It? , Educational Research, 52(4), 391-408.
  • 2010
    Muijs, D. (2010). Leadership and Organisational Performance: From Research to Prescription? , International Journal of Educational Management, 25(1), 45-60.