Professor Murray Saunders

Professor

Research Interests

Co-founder and now member of HERE@lancaster , and Professor of Evaluation in Education and Work. I have acted as a consultant to, and undertaken a wide range of evaluation projects for, the British Council, DfES [Department for Education and Skills], DFID [Department for International Development], UN, UNRWA, ESRC [The Education and Social Research Council], HEFCE [Higher Education Funding Council], SFC (the Scottish Funding Council) and a variety of regional agencies. I have carried out evaluation and research projects in a wide range of cultural contexts, including in Asia: China, Japan, Singapore and India; in Africa: Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia; in Latin America: Mexico and Chile: In the Middle East: Jordan as well as other member states of the EU and Russia.

I enjoy promoting and developing evaluation practice as past president and Council member of the UK Evaluation Society, Board member and past President of the European Evaluation Society, chair of the co-ordinating committee for the establishment of the IOCE (International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation) and current vice president [ and I am associate editor of the only international multidisciplinary academic journal in the field - Evaluation]. I was Co-Director of the SFC [Scottish Funding Council] funded evaluation of the new Scottish HE Quality Enhancement Policy the last element of which was in 2014. I continue to have research interests in the nature of evaluative practices, the relationship between education and the workplace and the connection between social change and development and evaluative practice.

Young Researchers Project
24/04/2017 → …
Consultancy

Evaluation of the Enhancement Themes
01/01/2014 → 30/06/2014
Other

Development of the Indicators of Enhancement
01/11/2013 → 30/06/2014
Research

HEFCE Enhancement Review Project: Future directions for Learning and Teaching Enhancement in England: institutional roles and interventions
06/05/2013 → 01/11/2013
Research

Evaluation of the use of Indicators of Enhancement
01/02/2013 → 01/07/2013
Research

Improving the quality of student learning through school farms
09/04/2012 → 19/07/2013
Research

EvalPartners
22/02/2012 → 30/07/2015
Other

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) Baseline Leadership Development Research Project
01/12/2007 → …
Other

Evaluation Capacity Building for HEI widening participation teams
01/04/2007 → 31/12/2009
Other

Islington Integrated Refugee Strategy Evaluation Project
01/02/2007 → 31/03/2008
Other

Evaluating Education Action Zones
25/01/2007 → …
Other

National Evaluation of the CETL Programme
01/01/2007 → 31/12/2007
Other

Adult Learning, Basic Skills and Literacy
01/11/2006 → …
Other

HEA (Higher Education Academy)
01/11/2006 → 01/11/2008
Other

KTP The Knowledge Transfer Partnership
01/11/2004 → …
Other

European and Latin America Collaboration
01/10/2003 → 30/09/2006
Other

Evaluating the Scottish HE policy on quality (QEF)
01/08/2003 → 30/06/2007
Other

HE and FE
01/11/1994 → 01/11/2001
Other

GNVQs
01/11/1993 → 01/11/1994
Other

Training Strategies and Management Development
01/11/1992 → 01/11/1997
Other

Education and Work
01/11/1990 → 01/11/2000
Other

Evaluation and Quality
01/11/1990 → 01/11/2001
Other

Professional Development
01/11/1989 → 01/11/2001
Other

Teaching & Learning Strategies
01/11/1989 → 01/11/1997
Other

Investigating the Long-term Impacts of Informal Science Learning at Zoos and Aquariums
01/01/1900 → …
Research

EvalPartners international meetings and seminars
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

  • Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation
  • Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education