AoC Research Unit

Research is right at the heart of the Association of Colleges’ work as we campaign on behalf of the sector and support it in an evidence-based manner.

The AoC Research Unit produces outstanding research based on data provided by the FE sector, but also showcases work carried out in partnership with leading research institutions. Its aim is to help promote more research into FE and colleges, bring researchers together to share and shape ideas, promote more practitioner research and share that work inform post-16 teaching practice and policy development.

The unit is also home to Research Further – a new scholarship initiative run in partnership with NCFE, supporting college practitioners in carrying out research to fill evidence gaps.

Deadline extension

We have extended the deadline for Research Further applications until 23:59 on 26 November. For more information and support visit the dedicated Research Further webpage or email Julia Belgutay, Senior Policy Manager (Research and Evidence).


Research Further introductory webinar (Tuesday, 26 October) - Find out about AoC and NCFE’s new programme aimed at supporting practitioner researchers, and hear more about how to choose a topic that is meaningful, close to practice and with the potential to be a catalyst for change – and how to approach the application, as well as the first steps of the research project. Book here.


How AoC and NCFE are tackling the lack of data and evidence in FE - Julia Belgutay

Contact us

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