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Research Programme

The Edge Foundation leads the way in supporting and commissioning research to show the value of technical and professional education, showcase best practice and understand lessons learned. We often work with partner organisations when tendering for research to ensure that the findings are as relevant as possible to colleagues across the sector.

This page provides details of any research tenders where we are currently looking for organisations or individuals to come forward to undertake pieces of work. You can find information and findings from previous research projects on our Research reports page. If you have any questions about our research programme, you can contact our Director of Policy and Research, Olly Newton.

Current tenders

Research into the CREATE Framework in Studio Schools

In partnership with the Studio Schools Trust we wish to commission a piece of research into the CREATE Framework in Studio Schools. CREATE is a tool to develop young people’s skills. The research aims to investigate the perceptions and use of CREATE by different stakeholders and to identify examples of good practices and lessons learnt that could be disseminated to other Studio Schools and beyond.

This piece of independent research should start in September 2017 and will last for one year.

The deadline for receiving proposals is 17:00 on Friday 7 July 2017.  

To download the Invitation to Tender document please click here.

Ongoing research

Evaluation of University Technical Colleges (UTCs)

We have jointly commissioned with the Royal Academy of Engineering a piece of research to evaluate the University Technical College (UTC) model.

The aim of this piece of research is to understand effective practice and lessons learned, particularly in relation to curriculum design and employer engagement.

NFER has been commissioned to conduct this piece of research. The project started in 2016 and will be completed at the end of 2018.