Our Remit

In 2017, Ashbrook was commissioned to carry out a study relating to the learning experiences and needs of education practitioners and other staff in FE colleges across Scotland. 

Our Approach

CDN tasked us with getting quantitative and qualitative information from education practitioners and other staff in FE colleges.  We were able to secure quantitative statistical data by carrying out an online survey whilst gathering qualitative information through an extensive programme of telephone depth interviews. We reached out to College Principals and Vice Principals, Heads and Managers of Organisational Development in HR functions within FE colleges and individuals procuring and organising CPD within FE colleges. 

“College Development Network (CDN) has worked with Ashbrook Research for some years on a wide range of projects related to the college sector in Scotland. Most recently this saw a survey which had particularly challenging timescales. The team at Ashbrook provided fantastic support and worked closely with CDN to ensure a survey that was robust and delivered on time. The researchers were on hand throughout the process, providing updates on progress and a professional final report, on time, on budget and to the high standards we have come to expect from Ashbrook Research”

Wendy Grindle

Marketing and Communications Manager

College Development Network (CDN)

Project Impacts

The study yielded invaluable information about positive and negative learning experiences. The findings allowed CDN to refine and develop its product offerings to ensure that the continuing professional development needs of those working within the sector could be met.  In particular, this study contributed significantly to the development of a learning tool for practitioners and others working within FE colleges in Scotland. 

What We Have Done

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Skills Development Scotland & Scottish Enterprise

In 2013 and 2017, Ashbrook was commissioned to look at perceptions of the Technology & Engineering Sector in Scotland.  The 2017 study, in particular, sought to identify how perceptions of the sector, and any issues surrounding them, had changed through time.

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Scottish Enterprise

Ashbrook has been carrying out Domestic Tracking Research on behalf of Scottish Enterprise since 2009. We explore the experiences, expectations and needs a range of audiences in Scotland, particularly companies and organisations who work with Scottish Enterprise, or who have the potential to work with them.


Don't take our word for it

“Ashbrook Research and Consultancy Limited provided a first class consultancy service for us on a refreshed Perception Study.  Communication was excellent – before, during and after the project.  All activity was logged systematically and reports created were professional and on time.  Throughout the process Ashbrook staff were professional, helpful and friendly and I would look forward to working with the company again.”

Billy Scott

Key Sector Manager: Engineering

Skills Development Scotland

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