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:
Developing outcome measures for the Devolution of the Adult Education Budget – Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Development of a Technical Industry Placement Model – Gatsby Foundation
Local Area Based Review Support – DfE
Evaluation of Community Learning Pilots – DfE
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).
Latest news and insights
MiDES R10 ILR Collection and New Deprivation Report
4th June 2020 by Chris Lee
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RCU Support for Students Award Winner to be announced 4th June
26th May 2020 by Chris Lee
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Does your college curriculum meet the needs of the local community?
5th February 2020 by Chris Lee