ETF-SUNCETT Practitioner Research Programme 2021–22 applications open

Applications for the 2021–22 Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Practitioner Research Programme (PRP) are now open. The programme of research training, academic supervision and mentoring support is delivered on behalf of the ETF by the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT).

It provides successful applicants with the research training and support they need to conduct research in the context of their practice and to evaluate the impact of their research. This includes the identification of any improvements in educational practice or student achievement arising from or attributable to their research.

Participants are required to attend four Research Development Workshops during the academic year, provide SUNCETT with monthly updates on the impact and reach of their research, produce an annual research report collating emerging change on their practice, learners and wider organisation, and submit an abstract summarising their research and present their research at the ETF’s Early Career Researcher Conference. Each participant is allocated a SUNCETT research mentor to support them.

The programme is open to practitioners in English, maths and ESOL working in ESFA funded provider organisations across the Further Education and Training sector in England. It has been offered by the ETF and SUNCETT since 2009. We aim for participation to be as diverse as the sector it serves. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups including those with disabilities and/or from a BAME background. All applications must be supported by the applicant’s management team.

There are currently two different PRP pathways:

  1. A one-year, Master of Arts (MA) Short Course in Educational Research (30 credits at Masters Level)
  2. A two-year full Research Degree, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education.

The deadline for applications for the 2021–22 programme is 5pm on Friday 17 September 2021. Further details and the application form can be accessed on the ETF website Practitioner Research Programme page.

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