Aims and objectives of the CDN Research and Enhancement Centre

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To coordinate existing research and enquiry work in an easily accessible central location to allow key recommendations and themes to be displayed and explored

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To drive new research and enquiry in the Scottish college sector – ensuring it is relevant, applicable and useful

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To drive the improvement work emerging from the research, ensuring that the findings of any research are taken forward in a collaborative way for the enhancement of college progress and student success

How the CDN Research and Enhancement Centre will work:

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We will provide an information hub for existing published research relevant to Scotland’s colleges, keeping it up-to-date and drawing out key themes

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We will provide a framework for proposing new research and enquiry work, supporting and commissioning original research where appropriate

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We will support and drive the enhancement work arising from the research, working with networks and short-life working groups

Who we are

We are a small team dedicated to driving research and enquiry activity in Scotland’s colleges, to enhance performance and student success.

Grant Ritchie

Fellow and Associate Director at CDN


Gordon Hunt

CDN Associate (Research and Enhancement Centre)


gordon.hunt@cdn.ac.uk

Victoria Underwood

Head of Leadership, Governance and Research


victoria.underwood@cdn.ac.uk

How to get involved

Looking to get involved in Research? Look no further - contact us today!

What we are working on

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A report on School-College Partnerships for the Scottish Government’s Curriculum and Assessment Board for publication in September 2021

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Four action research strands emerging from CDN’s Virtual College Expo 21 that will report in 2022: high impact learning in the classroom, institutional approaches to curriculum design, student experience, and professional learning

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A report in collaboration with the Institute for Public Policy Research on learning the lessons of Covid-19: Scotland’s colleges’ role in tackling poverty following the global pandemic, for publication in autumn 2021

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An overview report on the latest cycle of External Effectiveness Reviews of governance in Scotland’s colleges for publication in September 2021

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A report on the role of the Secretary to the Board in Scotland’s colleges for publication in September 2021

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A report on college-based higher education in Scotland for publication in 2022

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Work on digital skills for college staff that will be published in August 2021

College sector research

Discover the latest Research from around the college sector below:

Coherence and Sustainability: A Review of Tertiary Education and Research

Scotland | Published by: Scottish Funding Council
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Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence - Into the Future

Scotland | Published by: OECD
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Scottish College of the Future

Scotland | Published by: Independent Commission on the College of the Future/AoC
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College of the Future

United Kingdom | Published by: Independent Commission on the College of the Future/AoC
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The Cumberford-Little Report

Scotland | Published by: Audrey Cumberford and Paul Little
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Colleges Supporting Economic Recovery

United Kingdom | Published by: CollabGroup
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Towards a robust, resilient wellbeing economy for Scotland

Scotland | Published by: Scottish Government Advisory Group on Economic Recovery
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International Ambitions

Scotland | Published by: College Development Network (CDN)
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Fair Access to Higher Education

Scotland | Published by: Commissioner for Fair Access
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