Current research

Evaluation of engineering/computing conversion MSc courses

CRAC is undertaking an evaluation for HEFCE of new pilot engineering- and computing-/data-focused Masters courses specifically designed for non-cognate graduates. The project involves formative evaluation of the institutional development projects and summative aspects through student surveys. A report will be published when the evaluation concludes, most likely in early 2018.


Exploring equality and diversity using REF2014 environment statements

HEFCE commissioned CRAC in a highly innovative study of information in relation to research environments provided in over 1900 submissions to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Computerised information extraction and text mining techniques are being used to analyse how submitting units described their activities and initiatives in support of enhanced equality and diversity, and how this relates to existing knowledge about them. The resulting research report is anticipated in early 2017.


Evaluation of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

CRAC/Vitae is helping the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to conduct a mid-point evaluation of its programme of 15 doctoral training partnerships (DTPs), through analysis of surveys conducted with current doctoral researchers and a range of participating organisations. This will underpin qualitative insights gained through interviews conducted during its visits to host institutions.


Employability literature review

The University of Derby has enlisted CRAC's support to undertake a structured review of the academic and professional literature in the years 2012-2016 relating to employability development in HE, for the Higher Education Academy.