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United Kingdom  [4]  Major institutions involved in VET/HRD research

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HM Treasury (

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) (

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) (

Department for Education and Skills (DfES) (

Learning and Skills Council (LSC) (

Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) and Learning and Skills Research Centre (LSRC)

Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) (

Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and Regional Observatories/ Regional Intelligence Units (e.g. or

National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) (

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) (

Trade Union Congress (TUC) (

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) (

Government agencies also conduct research in their relevant fields, i.e. BECTA (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency)(, QCA (, SQA ( and many others)

Most universities have education departments, which undertake VET/HRD research (e.g. SKOPE Oxford and Warwick Universities Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (; Institute of Education, School of Education and Lifelong Learning (; University of Exeter ( etc).

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report United Kingdom (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO