Bespoke data analysis, consultancy and research solutions providing evidence to inform the curriculum and strategic planning.

Our specialist consultants will work with you to understand your needs and develop practical research methodologies and solutions. RCU offers using a full range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques including data analysis, surveys. focus groups and stakeholder interviews.

Areas of experience include learner recruitment, local skills needs, employer and learner perceptions, structural change, quality issues and travel to learn patterns.

Unrivalled understanding of post-16 education and skills data

No other organisation comes close to RCU’s understanding of post-16 Further Education and Higher Education data. Our specialist researchers and data analysts use highly innovative techniques to bring learner data to life, linking it to key socio-economic data and other national datasets. This provides quick and flexible access to market intelligence to inform strategy and curriculum planning.

  • RCU Curriculum Report

  • Recruitment and curriculum SWOT analysis to inform the strategic marketing plan

  • Local Market Analysis, including student and employer perceptions research to challenge declining market share

  • Pre-merger and post-merger market analysis reports to identify the combined potential or strengths of merged organisations

  • Staff surveys

  • Structures and Prospects Appraisal (SPA) support and local market analysis for colleges

  • Regional analysis of the potential undergraduate and access to Higher Education market to inform recruitment and portfolio planning

  • Analysis of the impact and profile of Higher Education delivered in FE Colleges

  • Impact of devolution on adult skills budgets for combined authorities

  • Applicant non-arrival surveys

“Thanks to RCU we have been able to identify specific opportunities for growth and can plan our marketing communications more effectively, maximising our ROI.”
The survey findings will help us focus our attention on the most important areas first.

Simon Kirby
Director of Marketing and Communications,
Nottingham College

Mel Chadwick
Vice Principal
Winstanley College