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

2023/24 R06 ILR collection

6th February 2024 by Chris Lee

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News & Events

GCSE English and Maths Report for Colleges

12th September 2023 by Chris Lee

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News & Events

Vector Higher Education Data Update

7th June 2023 by Chris Lee

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Who we work with

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