How we work
- To adopt a holistic approach in our research and development that
links theory and practice in an interdependent relationship.
- To work in an ethical and collaborative way that challenges the obstacles
and promotes equity, access and participation for all.
- To recognise and value the experience of people involved in our research
and development activities.
- To develop and deliver research projects in a variety of settings
to reach groups of people who have been excluded from learning.
- To use our research to enable us to contribute to wider debates about
equity, access and participation.
- To use our research to develop materials and deliver activities to
address the issues which help or hinder equity, access and participation.
- To disseminate our research findings in a variety of formats and
contexts that are appropriate for different audiences.
- To adopt an inclusive approach to the learning opportunities we provide.
Who we work with
- To work collaboratively and in partnership with individuals and organisations
concerned with equity, access and participation.
- To actively engage individuals with experience of discrimination
associated with age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion
- To work with people who face barriers associated with learning, employment,
urban or rural deprivation, immigration or their family and neighbourhood
- To work with practitioners and policy makers in:
formal learning contexts - schools, further and higher education institutions
(compulsory and post-compulsory educational organisations / primary,
secondary and tertiary sectors),
informal learning contexts – the family, the community, voluntary
and third sector organisations and the workplace
- To engage with local, regional and national agencies concerned with
What we do
- To provide staff development based on our action research that informs
practitioners and policy makers and facilitates institutional change.
- To disseminate our research to raise awareness, increase understanding
and bring about change
- To consider the relationship of learning with other aspects of life
including health, housing, employment, income and family circumstances.
- To seek new partners and sources of funding to enable us to achieve