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HEFCE Reseach Grant 2009 – Grant programme relating to links between higher education institutions, schools, colleges and academics.

From projects to whole school/college-institution partnerships: Identifying the critical success factors under-pinning long-term, strategic relationships.

Edge Hill University has been awarded a research grant by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to study school/college partnerships. This project is led by Dr David Law, (Pro Vice-Chancellor), and involves a cross institutional research group consiting of Professor Liz Thomas (Director of the Widening Participation Research Centre), Professor Martin Ashley (Director of the Centre for Learner Identity Studies), Professor John Diamond (Research Fellow in the Centre for Local Policy Studies) and Anne Richards (Director of Widening Participation), plus researchers Clare Woolhouse, Lisa Murtagh and Tony Liversiedge from the Faculty of Education.

The aims of the project are to research the process of developing long-term strategic links and evaluate the implications of partnerships for schools/colleges and the University. The project will use an institutional survey, staff interviews and in-depth case studies to identify the extent of links and explore how to move from projects to whole school/college-institution partnerships.

On the 15th July 2009 we will host a participative seminar to discuss interim findings.  Participants will be engaged in critical discussion about the emerging findings and interpretations, and in the development of recommendations for policy and practice.  The outcomes of the seminar will be integrated into the final report, which will be submitted to the funding council at the end of August 2009.

If you would like any further information about the research, or to attend the participatory seminar, please contact Julia Clarke, Research Adminstration and Communications Officer in the Widening Participation Research Centre, at

Foundation Degree Research

Funded by Aimhigher North West Research Network
January – August 2008

Researcher: Dr Paul Greenbank

This research is builds on Dr Paul Greenbank’s work on young people’s decision making and focuses on students’ experiences of transition from foundation degree to degree.

For further information on the progress of this research please contact Paul at

Girls into Physics Action Research: Evaluation of Phase Two 2008

Funded by the Institute of Physics / Department of Children, School and Families, January - October 2008.

This research provides a synthesis of impact of teachers’ action research on interventions to encourage girls’ participation and progression in physics post-16 and recommendations for future Continuing Professional Development for teachers including using action research approaches. Six Science Learning Centres delivered Girls into Physics workshops to 100 schools in England to support teachers develop their own action research projects to address key factors affecting girls’ participation in their schools.

  • Angie Daly, Liz Thomas (The Widening Participation Research Centre, Edge Hill University)
  • Karen Bultitude (The University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Laura Grant (Laura Grant Associates)

For further information about this research please contact Angie at

For further information on the Girls into Physics project at the Institute of Physics visit >>>.

The Department of Children Schools and Families have published two reports from the Girls into Physics: Action Research evaluation.  

The Research Brief contains a summary of recommendations and key findings from the research.

Daly, A., Grant,. L. and Bultitude, K. (2009 ) Research Brief DSCF-RB103 Girls into Physics: Action Research, Department of Children, Schools and Families.

The full Research Report contains the theory of change model developed for the evaluation, rich data from teachers and students and further analysis of key issues to informing CPD development using action research approaches with teachers and students.

Daly, A., Grant,. L. and Bultitude, K. (2009) Research Report DCSF-RR103 Girls into Physics: Action Research, Department of Children, Schools and Families.

‘What influences vocational choices’

Funded by Aimhigher Greater Merseyside
October – December 2007

Researchers: Professor Liz Thomas, Dr. Rob Jones, Angie Daly

For further information download 'What Influences Vocational Choices' [PDF]

Research Report [PDF]
‘What influences vocational choices?’
Research Report by Angela Daly and Liz Thomas submitted to Aimhigher Greater Merseyside, 8th January 2008

A summary of this research can be found in the Aimhigher Greater Merseyside Research Update Spring 2008 Aimhigher Greater Merseyside Research Update Spring 2008 [PDF]


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