Informing strategy with data insight

Welcome to RCU. We are leaders in innovative data analysis and research for the post-16 education sector.

Unrivalled understanding of post-16 education and skills data

We offer a range of products and services, providing robust and flexible market intelligence to help education and skills leaders make informed strategic decisions.

How can Vector help?

Vector is a highly visual and easy to use market insight tool that offers a complete picture of post-16 learning and skills demand to inform curriculum and recruitment.

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“Insights from RCU have helped us develop a curriculum based around demand and the needs of future students.”
“Thanks to RCU we have been able to identify specific opportunities for growth and can plan our marketing communications more effectively, maximising our ROI.”

Michael Bennett
Head of Student Recruitment
London Metropolitan University

Simon Kirby
Director of Marketing and Communications,
Nottingham College


If you require something tailored to your individual needs please get in touch. We offer bespoke data analysis, research and consultancy solutions to help you make the right strategic decisions.

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The survey findings will help us focus our attention on the most important areas first.

Mel Chadwick
Vice Principal
Winstanley College


Working with a wide range of influential organisations we are well respected and trusted for delivering high quality and unrivalled insight into the post-16 education and skills sector.

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MiDES is a shared service developed by RCU for the Association of Colleges (AoC). We provide a suite of unique in-year benchmarked data reports for AoC member colleges.

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News and Insights

News & Events

Introducing HERA. A new UVAC membership benefit

25th March 2024 by Chris Lee

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College MIDES Benchmark Data Reports Updated

5th March 2024 by Chris Lee

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News & Events

Bridgwater and Taunton College wins the AoC Beacon award for Support for Students.

1st March 2024 by Chris Lee

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Who we work with

Priestley College
The Manchester College
East Sussex College Group
London South Bank University
Barnet Southgate College
Leeds City College
Gatsby Foundation
Wirral Metropolitan College
Barnsley College
Blackpool Sixth Form
Carlisle College
RNN Group
Central Bedfordshire College
Capital City College Group
Blackburn College
Grantham College
Preston’s College
Blackpool and Fylde College
The Sheffield College
City of Bristol College
Association of Colleges (AOC)
Activate Learning
Bishop Burton College
East Coast College
GTA England
Nottingham College
Sunderland College
Derwen College
Trafford College Group
Kidderminster College