Providing high quality and unrivalled insight into the post-16 education and skills sector.

With more than 25 years experience, we are well respected and trusted within the post-16 education and skills sector for delivering high quality and reliable research methodologies to support national, regional and local policy formation and evaluation.

RCU offers a full range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques. Our particular strength is in data analysis with extensive knowledge of learner datasets such as the Individualised Learner Record (ILR), National Pupil Database (NPD) and HESA.

Our research clients and partners

Organisations we have worked with include the Department for Education, the Association of Colleges, the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the Education and Training Foundation, The Gatsby Foundation and several Combined Authorities.

Recent projects include:

Quality statement

As a Company Partner of the Market Research Society and accredited to the prestigious international research industry standard ISO 20252, we apply the latest techniques of research and analysis to our work and adhere to strict codes of professional ethics. Key staff are Accredited researchers by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).


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New Learner Deprivation Reports for Colleges

18th May 2022 by Chris Lee

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South Devon College wins RCU Support for Students Award

3rd May 2022 by Chris Lee

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FE COVID-19 Learner and Apprentices Experience Survey

28th April 2022 by Chris Lee

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