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Research Profile

Prof David James 


    • I have directed and co-directed many research projects, evaluations and consultancies for a range of funders and clients, including the ESRC, government departments and agencies, local authorities, charities, universities, colleges and schools.  I co-designed and co-directed the ESRC project 'Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education' (2001-2005) and the ESRC project 'Identities, Education and the White Urban Middle Classes' (2005-2007). The first of these is the only independent, large-scale study of learning in the English FE sector. I recently co-directed an ESRC seminar series on 'New directions in learning and skills in England, Scotland and Wales' (2008-2010).  Other recent research and evaluation projects include:
    • • Evaluation of LSC West of England Work Related Learning Project – Learning and Skills Council (2008-9)
    • • Research with Third Sector organisations to assist a VCS NLA (Voluntary and Community Sector National Learning Alliance) response to the DIUS consultation on Informal Adult Learning, sponsored by NIACE (2008)
    • Secondary Curriculum Development and Innovation in Bristol, Research and development project funded by City of Bristol Council (2009-10)
    • • Evaluation of EU FP7 Project Breaking new ground in the science education realm (2011-13)
    • • Evaluation of RSA Area Based Curriculum Project, Peterborough (2011-12)
    • • Research Project The impact of ASDAN’s Certificate of Personal Effectiveness on GCSE Attainment (2012)