Centre for research in professional and work-related learning

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We apply the values and rigour of scholarship and research to examine practice and the concerns of practitioners, policy-makers and other stakeholders in areas, including:

  • education
  • social care and health
  • 3rd sector.

In partnership with regional, national and international communities of practitioners, policy-makers and researchers, we have developed a collaborative and dynamic research culture.

We are experienced in finding innovative ways of communicating research to a wide audience.

Funded research

Our funded research and evaluation projects, include:

  • The uniqueness of TRACKS autism, a specialist early years’ centre; Puppet-making in primary schools; The impact of the Rural Dimension in specialist schools; Harrow First initial teacher education programme
  • Visions of blended learning in a university; Partnership in higher education publicity, policy & practice; A Transnational Education Toolkit; Partnership in Higher Education; Research - rich and - informed education
  • Elective home education in Hertfordshire; Troubled Families in Hertfordshire; Five Ways to Wellbeing in Buckinghamshire
  • Evaluation of the Primary Science Quality Mark; The role of computational physics in students’ conceptual understanding of physics
  • ENABLES: European Arts-Based Development of Distributed Leadership and Innovation in Schools; EFFeCT: European Methodological Framework for Facilitating Collaborative Learning for Teachers; EPNoSL: European Policy Network on School Leadership

What can we do for you?

In order to produce work which is independent, objective, of the highest quality and builds your capacity, we can:

  • undertake a variety of research and evaluation activities
  • apply a range of methodological approaches
  • draw on the expertise of our internationally recognised researchers
  • work inclusively, responsively with a value-based collaborative approach
  • build your capacity for developing research-informed practice, and many of our projects include co-constructed professional development tools.

Our key audiences are managers, practitioners, policy-makers and members of the professional and academic community.


Funders of our work, include:

  • international: European Union, Malaysia Ministry of Education
  • national: Government Agencies responsible for schools; Higher Education Academy; Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (now the Schools Network), the British Academy
  • regional: County Councils, Hertfordshire Police and Probation Services, a Clinical Commissioning Group, charities.

Get in touch

Find out more about Education research at the University of Hertfordshire.