Delivering High Quality National Research

Supported by a research team with in depth knowledge of the further education sector and research methodologies


Excellence in Research and Evaluation


Specialising in the education and skills sector.

We have more than 20 years experience of carrying out research and evaluation projects using a full range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques. Many of our research reports have been published and some recent examples are listed opposite.

RCU’s particular strength is in data analysis with extensive knowledge of learner datasets such as the the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). Our team combines this expertise with a full range of research techniques including statistical analysis, data modelling, web, paper-based and telephone surveys, focus groups and desk research. We have extensive expertise in questionnaire design, sampling strategies, weighting techniques and multi-level modelling. This is backed up by an in-depth understanding of the education and skills sector.

Research Clients and Partners

RCU has worked with a wide range of clients and partners giving into unrivalled insight into the sector

RCU has research framework agreements with the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, the Education and Training Foundation, the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). We often work in partnership on research projects with other organisations including Ipsos Mori, AoC Create, TNS BMRB, Policy Consortium, Coralsece and Cambridge Econometrics. Please contact us if you are interested in being a partner.

RCU Research

If you would like to discuss our research and evaluation work please get in touch.

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Quality Statement


All our research is carried out in line with the Market Research Society (MRS) Code of Conduct and is backed up by the international quality standard for market research companies, ISO 20252 and the Data Security standard ISO 27001.

RCU was created by the sector, for the sector and our experienced and passionate research team will offer professional advice on the statistical robustness of the research findings and provide clear evidence to support and justify findings and recommendations.

ISO 27001
ISO 20252
MRS Company Partner
Research Methodology and Standards
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We are an entirely employee owned company meaning we are all 100% committed to our long term reputation and success. This is achieved through the skills and commitment of the entire team to provide great products, reliable analysis and recommendations and outstanding customer service

Richard Boniface

Managing Director , RCU

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