The Education and Work-Based Learning (EWBL) Research Unit

The Education and Work-Based Learning Research Unit is dedicated to the study of education and work-based learning policy and practice. The unit engages with policy and practice at a number of levels – from further to higher education – and in various contexts – in the public and private sectors of the UK, Europe, and internationally. The unit is chaired by Dr Ewan Ingleby and co-convened with Dr Clive Hedges and Dr Catherine McCauley-Smith.

The unit works on:

  • advancing the study of policy and practice in education and work-based learning
  • exploring the relationship between policy, research and practice
  • contributing to knowledge and understanding about policy and practice
  • linking education and work-based learning policy research with a wide range of research users.

The members of the EWBL unit are committed to making research and study accessible and inclusive. The unit brings together researchers in education, social science, and work-based learning in order to interpret, evaluate and influence the development of policy and practice in education and work-based learning.

As well as developing internationally excellent research, the group is committed to nurturing a research culture with newer researchers who are interested in contributing to research in education and work-based learning. Members of the Unit hold university research grants and contribute to Social Futures Institute conferences and research seminars.

Research reports

 Research seminars

Research seminars in education have included Gary Currie's presentation on using visual methods in qualitative research in education. Gary has been invited to present his methodology to the ESRC (Economic Social Research Council) doctoral training programme conference. Andy Allen also presented his 'work in progress' on Academy schools in England and Thouraya Eshami facilitated a seminar on management practices within post-1992 universities.

Education Work Based Learning Research Unit Seminars 2016-2017

Wednesday 16 November, 1.30 to 2.30pm
Barbara Wilford
Technology Enabled Learning: A brave new world?

Wednesday 22 March, 1.30 to 2.30pm
Fola Omidiora
Exploring SEN through visual methods.

Wednesday 26 April, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Dr Gary Currie
Research methodology: Bridging the qualitative/quantitative divide.

Research projects

The EWBL are currently helping schools to develop a virtual learning platform.

Research staff

Associate members

  • Dr Andrea Abbas (University of Bath)
  • Professor John Blenkinsopp (Hull University)
  • Professor Alex Kendall (Birmingham City University)
  • Professor Stewart Martin (Hull University)
  • Dr Paul Smith (University of Sunderland)
  • Dr Jonathan Tummons (Durham University)

Doctoral students

  • Gary Currie
  • Luan Morgan
  • Gillian Naylor
  • Tui Palmer
  • Jayne Tidd
  • Alyson Thorburn
  • Barbara Wilford
  • Lynsey Bainbridge
  • Friday Ejobee
  • Samantha Noble
  • Saeed Muhammad
  • Joshua Vremu
  • Reggie Willis
  • Ben Wilson