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Research Further

The Research Further initiative was established collaboratively by Association of Colleges and NCFE to support, drive and encourage college-centred research that can help influence policy and practice.

In this first year of the programme, 11 FE practitioners will be funded to undertake post-graduate research in an area where evidence is currently lacking. They will be supported through this programme by the Research Further team, and be able to rely on the guidance of the advisory board. Scholars will be part of a supportive community of peers, and throughout their scholarship, will share findings from their research through online articles and in a webinar series, hosted by AoC and partners NCFE.

The first 11 scholars were appointed recently, and will shortly begin their research work. Topics range from the regional impact of further education colleges to CPD and subject-specific pedagogy. The work carried out by the scholar will be disseminated through a webinar series hosted by AoC and NCFE, and new knowledge on pedagogy or policy will be shared with the sector through think-pieces, reports, articles and blogs.

The Research Further initiative's work is supported by a high calibre advisory board, consisting of representatives from government, awarding organisations, funders, and sector leaders from across the UK. The board advises on research themes and the selection of scholars that will be supported.
We are not currently inviting applications from prospective scholars, but hope to be able to do so soon. Find out more on how to apply by downloading the document below. For any questions, get in touch with