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Latest Research

Additional Support for Learning: a study of educators’ experiences of adapting learning spaces  *NEW REPORT PUBLISHED* (November 2023) This study makes a contribution to education policy and practice by exploring the recent experiences of educators in designing and adapting learning spaces… Continue Reading →

Scottish Alliance Report 2023

In May 2023, we made a report to the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), charting the progress made by the Scottish Alliance in carrying out work agreed with the SLS Team at the University of Edinburgh. The Scottish Alliance was created… Continue Reading →

Global initiative: Innovative Learning and Student Experience

In 2021 the Shared and Agile Learning Spaces team was invited to participate in a year long global initiative the Innovative Learning and Student Experience (ILE+SE) Scoping Study hosted by the University of Melbourne Participants included the Learning Environments… Continue Reading →

About Shared Learning Spaces

Shared Learning Spaces (SLS) is an initiative in the Moray House School of Education and Sport (MHSES) at the University of Edinburgh, led by Professor Do Coyle. We collaborate with schools and Early Years settings for the exploration and development of learning… Continue Reading →

Why SLS?

Global awareness of the importance of space and its impact on the daily lives of human beings has been experienced by many throughout the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. Concepts of pre-COVID spaces have been disrupted and with it our lives… Continue Reading →

Hybrid Pioneers

Hybrid Pioneers is a cross-institute initiative developed at Moray House School of Education and Sport for the academic year 2021-2022. The Action Group is led by Professor Do Coyle and includes representatives from each of the four institutes in MHSES…. Continue Reading →


On this site you can find a variety of research reports and piloted tools aimed at supporting learning space design and activity. Through our projects we collaborate on guidance and tools for educators and pupils, as well as for those… Continue Reading →


We host and take part in numerous events as part of our research and development work. Examples include: Scottish Government Research Seminar (June 2023) by Professor Do Coyle, presenting on Lessons learned and quickly forgotten: the role of spaces in… Continue Reading →

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