News & Events

East Anglia LSRN launch – 11th March 2020 at 6.30

The flyer giving details of the relaunch of the East Anglia region of the Leaning & Skills Research Network is here: East Anglia LSRN Launch

For further details contact the convenor Ian Duckett at

LSRN Workshop 14th November 2019

The theme of the workshop was Technical and Professional Education: what research does and should tell us. The aim was to examine the evidence from past initiatives and to identify research that will be needed as the current initiatives are implemented.

Click here for an Overview of the discussion

Click here for an article based on the workshop published by FE Week

Click here for the programme

LSRN Workshop 14th March 2019

The theme of the workshop was Resources for Research and Evidence Use. The aim was to demonstrate the range of types of resource available to support people wishing to engage in or with research.

Click here for the programme

Inputs from Tami McCrone (NFER) and Norman Crowther (NEU) are summarised in the Powerpoint presentation. This also includes slides from six presenters who briefly outlined a resource with which they are associated:

  • Micro-enquiry resources     Bart Crisp (Curee)
  • Early Career Researchers’ Network    Carmen Nicoara (Edge Foundation)
  • Teaching & Learning Toolkit   Eleanor Stringer (Education Endowment Fndn)
  • Practitioner Research Programme  Charlynne Pullen (Education & Trng. Fndn.)
  • LSRN R&D Toolkit    Sarah Crowson ( Hereford College of Arts)
  • Self review tool and How to Guides     Tami McCrone (NFER)

The outcome of the workshop was a set of suggestions for resources to which the Networking the Networks website could link and suggestions abut how to organise them on this site. These will be considered by the NTN Working Group.


Networking the Networks website launched 3rd January 2019

One year after the Networking the Networks initiative was set up, its website has been launched. It provides links to a range of networks and organisations involved in research and the use of evidence for the FE and Skills sector. It also offers links to resources to support practitioners doing research or using evidence.


For coverage of the launch by TES, see


LSRN Workshop: Networking the Networks 11th October 2018

The LSRN Workshop on 11th October 2018 provided an update on the year’s work on the Networking the Networks initiative. Participants from a range of colleges, universities and intermediary organisations discussed what practitioners and other users might gain from the initiative and what networks and organisations might contribute to make it happen.

Click for a brief note of the main points raised.

Speakers were drawn from the NtN Working Group

Sarah-Jane Crowson Hereford College of the Arts
Norman Crowther National Education Union
Jo Fletcher-Saxon Ashton Sixth Form College
Paula Jones Independent
Sam Jones Bedford College
Andrew Morris Independent
Anne Thompson Independent
Amy Woodrow Bristol College

Plus Gail Hall, from Leicester College

Click here for slides from the presentations

Click here for the Event Booklet

LSRN  Autumn workshop held Thursday 9th November 2017 at Pearson, London. 

“Research Networking – Looking to the Future”


A Summary and Proposal document arising from the workshop pulls together ideas put forward in discussion and outlines a series of next steps.

An article in FE Week about the workshop, and practitioner research in general, appeared on 13th November 2017.


The Event Booklet contains descriptions of research networks, organisations and people participating in the Workshop.

A Special Anniversary Booklet outlines the history and achievements of LSRN in celebration of twentieth anniversary of the first LSRN conference at Blackpool in 1997.

The Workshop Programme contains the names of presenters and the format.

The List of Networks and Organisations shows those participating in the Workshop

The Position Paper sets out the context for the Workshop discussions

Presentations by the following speakers are available:

  • Norman Crowther   outlines the idea of a ‘meta network’ for research in the sector
  • Andrea Laszick describes the work of the Research Review Group (Edge and Employers & Education)
  • Rebecca Eliahoo explains the work of TELL (Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning)
  • Sam Jones outlines the work of Bedford College and #FEresearchmeet

LSRN London and South East/Continuum Meeting

The next meeting will be on 15 December 2017 from 13:30 – 16:30 (Event will run from 14:00 – 16:00) in room ED.2.02, Cass School of Education & Communities, University of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London, E15 4LZ
The following presentations and speakers are confirmed:

The Omnibus Learning Gain Study: Towards inclusive metrics in HE’ by Dr Fuad Ali, University of East London.
‘Teacher Education for VET-Schools in Germany: Past, Present and Future Challenges’ by Professor Stephan Schumann, University of Konstanz (Germany)
Teachers and Teaching in Vocational and Professional Education’ by Dr Sai Loo, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.

If any colleagues would like to present and include items for the agenda, please e-mail me with the details of the presentation title and points for inclusion. We look forward to meeting you all at UEL. We wish to thank Tony Hudson of the University of East London for arranging this venue.
Travel information:
The Stratford campus is a short walk from the Stratford and Stratford International rail stations. It is also served by the Jubilee and Central Underground lines, the DLR, and a busy bus station. Bus routes calling at Stratford station include: the 25, 69, 86, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, and the D8

New Greater Manchester LSRN network

Launch event June 2018

LSRN Newsletter – September 2017

The September issue of the LSRN Newsletter has information about research , publications, events and news from organisations across the sector.

Please feel free to circulate

LSRN Newsletter – December 2016

The December issue of the LSRN Newsletter has information about research , publications, events and news from organisations across the sector.

See Newsletter-Dec-16

Workshop on Technical and Professional Education

The LSRN Spring workshop entitled:

The future of technical and professional education and training: Joining up the dots

took place on Thursday 12th May 2016 at Pearson 80, The Strand, London 

The speakers were:

  • Ann-Marie Bathmaker, University of Birmingham
  • Richard Boniface, RCU Ltd.
  • David Corke, Association of Colleges
  • Ann Hodgson, UCL Institute of Education
  • Ewart Keep, SKOPE, University of Oxford
  • Kevin Orr, University of Huddersfield

Discussion groups were organised on three themes which the plenary session brought together:

  • Data: employer and employee demand, supply and the impact of provision
  • Curriculum, pedagogy and qualifications: effectiveness of different approaches
  • Institutional and structural issues: merits of management and governance arrangements

The Workshop Booklet contains brief summaries provided by speakers and participants.  The latter include:

  • QAA
  • AoC
  • City & Guilds of London Institute
  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers
  • Cambridge Assessment
  • Cambridgeshire County Council, Adult Learning & Skills
  • Edge Foundation
  • Education and Training Foundation
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • University of Greenwich and University of Kent

Inputs to the workshop

Speakers contributions to the Workshop Booklet are here: 160524 Booklet – speakers May 2016

Summaries from participating organisations are here: 160524 Participant’s contributions to booklet – May 2016

Slides summarising key points from each speaker are here: 160510 Slides for plenary May 2016

Outputs from the workshop

Education Journal 24th May 2016 (page 6): article by Ian Nash and Sue Jones.

160524 Ian Nash report in Education Journal No 269 – 24 5 16

NFER website. Blog by Tami McCrone.

Times Educational Supplement (TES), ‘FErret’ column

article in TES FErret

London and South East LSRN group

The next meeting of the SE regional group is on

Friday 17th June 2016 at 15.00 – 17.00

in Room SL006 (Stephen Lawrence Building), Greenwich Campus, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS.

Speakers include:

Dr Gordon Ade-Ojo, Principal Lecturer, University of Greenwich on ‘Literacy for specific purposes’ from his latest book, (2014) (Eds.) Landscapes of Specific Literacies In Contemporary Society’, published by Routledge.

Richard Sargeant, Research Consultant on ‘The impact of marketization on the professional identities of Black practitioners in UK further education’.

To participate or contribute contact

Monday 14th March 2016

Spring Newsletter

The latest issue of LSRN’s Spring Newsletter is available. It has news of conferences, publications, research and other activities from many organisations including: Birmingham university, ATL and ETF, the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (ARPCE), Edge, RAPAL, NFER, City & Guilds and the UCL Institute of Education.

LSRN Spring Newsletter

 FE News article on LSRN

4th September 2015

FE News has just published an article in which Andrew Morris reflects on the longevity and value of the Learning and Skills Research Network.

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

LSRN Workshop: The national agenda for research, development and evidence about Vocational Education and Training

A workshop was held on 3rd June 2015 at Pearson in London, on the national agenda for research, development and evidence about Vocational Education and Training. Details of the programme, participating organisations  and presentations are given in the link.

Friday 1st May, 2015

Reconstructing democratic professionalism:

Yorkshire and Humberside LSRN with TELL

Hosted by the Education and Training Consortium and the University of Huddersfield

This event seeks to create a “deliberative space” for teacher educators and practitioners to meet and respond to the question: Can teachers working in further education reconstruct a model of democratic professionalism. A new book documenting the state of the further education sector Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses will be launched followed by two ‘dancing’ workshops featuring some of the stories from the book.

Please use the booking form to book your place. (Please note you will need to first create an account to use this booking system and this will take a couple of minutes to do, then you can click the ‘Add to basket’ button and book your place.)

Organised by Kevin Orr of the University of Huddersfield

2nd April

Education Media Centre celebrates a successful first year

The Education Media Centre was set up to help get more research evidence into media stories on education. In one year it has reached all major news outlets and worked in partnership with the OECD, Wellcome Trust, HEFCE, Education Endowment Foundation and others to promote the use of evidence in the media. How it does this is explained in its new brochure:


8th February

Intuition magazine article about LSRN workshop

An article based on the November 2014 workshop on Practicalities of Using Research Evidence is featured on page 20 of the Education and Training Foundation magazine Intuition. See electronic version or pdf version.

The edition also contains articles by several participants at the workshop.

8th January 2015

  1. FE Research Network South

    The new South Coast group based on Brighton is holding its first 2015 event on mentoring at City College Brighton on 22nd January at 13.30. Details in this flyer:

    150108 22 Jan Ferns event City College Brighton

    Further information from  

  2. 9th December 2014

FE Research Network South

A new South Coast group based on Brighton is being established led by Phil Lugton at Brighton University and Martyn Howe. It is planning to hold three events during 2015 covering topics such as mentoring/ coaching and professionalism.

The group has developed a statement of purpose.

Further information from  

  1. 2nd  December 2014

    November Workshop:  The practicalities of using research evidence

    13st November 2014 

    An invitation workshop attended by practitioners and other experts form across the sector.  A summary of the main messages from the event together with the handbook and presentations is available here.

  2. 21st  November 2014

London and South East region

meeting at University of Greenwich, Maritime Campus, Stephen Lawrence building, Room SL011

Friday 21st November 2014  14:30-16:30

Talk by Dr Sai Loo on ‘Placing Knowledge Back in Professional Learning’

Sai Loo from the Institute of Education, University of London presents his recent research on situating knowledge in professional learning with particular reference to Teacher Education for FE


  1. Update on the closure of the Institute for Learning (IfL)
  2. Update on members’ research interests and projects (with time for presentations)


 4th July 2014

Summer Newsletter

The latest LSRN newsletter is available with information about LSRN activity, regional groups research centres and projects. Thanks to Rob Smith at Wolverhampton University for compiling it.

27th May 2014

LSRN Workshop: Culture and Collaboration: researching and developing the profession

Powerpoint presentations, discussion papers and an article about a workshop on the new professional standards on 23rd May are available here.

25th May 2014

Win an iPad mini and help research into mentoring for the FE and Skills sector

A research team from the University of Brighton and Sheffield Hallam University is undertaking a study that will inform improvements to support for teachers’ professional learning and development in the FE and skills sector.

Please could teachers, tutors, trainers, assessors and lecturers in the FE and skills sector support the research by completing a short survey?

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and two respondents will be chosen at random to win an iPad mini – complete the survey by midnight on 27th May to be entered in the draw.For further information and to complete the survey please click here:

20th March 2014 15:00-17:00

London and South East LSRN region meeting

University of Greenwich, Maritime Campus, Queen Anne building, Room QA010

 Topic: IfL and the future of professionalism in the sector


1st February 2014: Newsletter

The January LSRN Newsletter ,with updates on activities around the country,  is now available, edited by Rob Smith.

Send information to Rob for the next issue, at

30th January 2914: New LSRN Groups

Eastern region LSRN has new regional conveners, David Aldous and Rebecca Westrup, both of University of East Anglia. To find out more contact them at

Merseyside has a new local LSRN group. To find out more contact the convener Joel Petrie at City of Liverpool College.

24th October 2013: LSRN Workshop: Future role of research and its use

This major event brought together 45 participants from colleges, universities and leading intermediary organisations to discuss the future strategy for research and use of evidence in the sector. The following links lead to:


3rd September 2013: The context in 2013

LSIS ceased operation in the summer of 2013 and the FE Guild, now the Education and Training Foundation, commenced its operations.  The FE Guild Implementation Plan, April 2013 (, has a welcome focus on research and the Guild proposes to work with established research centres and sector bodies and to engage with existing research networks.  The Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL) Report, March 2013 (, proposes the formation of a National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Centre to take forward research and development of VET.

To establish how LSRN might operate following the closure of LSIS, the organisations that have supported it historically, and others that may do so in future, will be meeting at a Planning Workshop in October 2013 together with practitioners and LSRN volunteers.  If sufficient support is forthcoming, LSRN will continue to organise events and could even play a greater role as an independent network in future arrangements.  With confirmed support, it is hoped to resume the annual research events from 2014 and to maintain the role of the regional networks.

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