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Centre for the Study of Education and Training, Department of Educational Research, County South, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YD, UK
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CSET's Aim

CSET's overarching aim is to promote understanding of education and social policy more generally focussing on learning within the workplace, community, and in schools, colleges and universities. To this end, CSET undertakes research and evaluation as a resource for teaching, further research or development and contributes to the national and international debate in its areas of interest.


CSET's Approach and Underlying Principles


CSET can carry out a variety of professional tasks including consultancy, evaluation, research, teaching, facilitating, informing, hosting workshops and conferences, short training courses.


CSET maintains a high standard of impartiality. It is also important to many of our clients that we are not funded by any single agency.


CSET gives priority to careful collaboration and negotiation with potential clients, colleagues and practitioners, in order to be sensitive to their needs and to understand the issues that affect them.


CSET emphasises the need to honour negotiated briefs and commissions by openly communicating progress, by sticking to deadlines, and by producing reports, advice and other deliverables at agreed times.


In the context of these characteristics, CSET aims for high quality practice in all of its activities with collaborators, clients or customers. It is continually evolving its procedures and protocols to address the need for the highest standards of professional performance.



CSET undertakes work with National & International Organisations, Central and Local Government, Employers, and with all sections of the education and training community including Research Councils, Schools, Colleges and Universities. CSET's flexibility allows it to work over short or long time scales, on projects ranging from half-day consultancies to those spanning several years.

CSET's main services include:-

  • Evaluation: including formative and summative evaluations; international, national and local projects; working with organisations to develop self-evaluation skills and building their capacity; working with the Business and Education sectors; policy-related evaluation and evaluation of specific practical initiatives and concerns
  • Research: including qualitative and quantitative studies; small and large scale projects; participatory research; linking research and practice (for example working with practitioners, students etc. to develop their own research skills); policy-related research; collaborative links with researchers in a number of countries including Australia, Canada, China, Kenya, Nigeria, the European Union, the United States, Russia and Jordan.
  • Consultancy: including advice on vocational education and training strategies, on a wide range of learning delivery methods and on evaluation and quality issues
  • Conferences: including organising conferences on themes related to CSET's main areas of work; contributing papers on our current research to international, national and regional conferences
  • Workshops: in both the Business & Education Sectors on a wide variety of topics, including Staff Development, Planning, Evaluation, Quality Assurance, Developing Performance Indicators, Adult Learning
  • Teaching: Members of CSET use their skills and knowledge to contribute towards the teaching of undergraduates & postgraduates and the supervision of research students. We also organise short training courses in our areas of expertise.