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

Supporting the 2022/23 AoC Beacon Awards

5th July 2022 by Chris Lee

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News & Events

Making the most of the MiDES Data Benchmarking Service

24th June 2022 by Chris Lee

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New Learner Deprivation Reports for Colleges

18th May 2022 by Chris Lee

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Who we work with

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