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Research at Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College has a history of engaging in a broad range of research activities aimed at better understanding the College’s local context, measuring its impact, enhancing its practice, and improving outcomes for students.

Reflecting this, Edinburgh College’s Strategic Plan, published in 2023, identifies research and innovation activity as a critical success factor in the delivery of ambitions identified in the framework. In addition, several national and regional policy objectives also place importance on enhancing the breadth, quality and impact of research activity across Scotland, and the rest of the UK.

The Edinburgh College Research Plan has been developed in response to the above strategic ambitions, and identifies three aims, to improve the breadth, quality and impact of research activity at Edinburgh College. These aims are aligned with the three strategic themes in the Edinburgh College Strategic Plan:

  1. People - To produce high-quality research activity to develop our staff, deliver an excellent student experience, and improve the quality of learning, teaching and assessment.
  2. Place - To increase the scale and quality of research activity with communities, public and third-sector partners, universities, industry and employers, to aid inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
  3. Performance - To improve the resourcing, coordination, governance and reporting of research activity to demonstrate progress and positive impact.

To deliver these aims, Edinburgh College aims to:

  • Conduct, commission and publish research aimed at exploring aspects of the college’s work and measuring its impact.
  • Work closely with businesses, universities, colleges, and other public and third-sector partners on research-related projects.
  • Engage in and support a range of research projects from national college sector agencies.
  • Support practitioner research and encourage staff involvement in national research networks and forums.

Our Capital Our College

This report gives an overview of Edinburgh College’s reach, an insight into its social and economic impact, and a snapshot of the crucial role it plays not just as a place of social sanctuary and cultural diversity, but of economic innovation, for the Edinburgh city-region. It will be the first of a series of upcoming reports examining the college’s social and economic impact.

Our Capital Our College Report

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Edinburgh College 10th Anniversary: A Decade and more of Educating Edinburgh and the Lothians

To mark the 10th anniversary of Edinburgh College, a project was undertaken to collate and catalogue the history and archives of Edinburgh College and its legacy institutions. This report describes the work undertaken as part of that project and gives an insight into the College’s origins and its impact in the region over many decades.

Read the report