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1 Education Funding – ESRC Perspective Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive ESRC, RCUK International Champion

2 ESRC in Context ▶ Non-Departmental Public Body, established in 1965, largely funded through the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) ▶ The major public sector funder of social science research and post graduate training in the UK ▶ Key Principles: – Quality – Impact – Independence

3 ESRC Funding ▶ Total budget for 2013/14 is £204m (BIS allocation of £181m) ▶ CSR 2010: - 2% cut in real terms to Programme budget - 23% cut in real terms to Admin budget Distribution of ESRC funding 2013/14

4 Funding Opportunities ▶ Schemes, competitions and initiatives to provide grants for original research ▶ Centres and Large grants focused on key themes affecting society and the economy ▶ Major capital resource for longitudinal and cross-sectional studies ▶ Postgraduate funding ▶ Knowledge exchange opportunities - ESRC has recently launched the Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) ▶ Seminars series

5 Development of Strategic Priorities ▶ Strategic Priorities – Economic Performance and Sustainable Growth – Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions – A Vibrant and Fair Society To be reviewed regularly – ensure responsive to emerging questions in each area. Refreshed February 2013 ▶ Assessed achievements to date and identified gaps to be filled ▶ Considered how we respond to urgent but unpredictable scientific opportunities

6 CapabilityActivities Lead Committee (plus support) Evidence Data infrastructure (‘Big Data’)Building of supporting research infrastructureMIC ‘What Works’ CentresDelivering evidence to inform policyCouncil Macro-economicsCapacity building, dataTSC (MIC) Economic Performance and Sustainable Growth Business innovationResearchRC Financial MarketsResearch, data, internationalRC (MIC) CitiesResearch, data, international, TSBRC (MIC) Social Science of Environmental ChangeResearch, international, capacity building, TSBRC (MIC,TSC) Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions Epigenetics and Educational NeuroscienceResearch, data, capacity building, TSBRC (MIC,TSC) Innovation in Health and Social CareResearch, internationalRC Higher Education (UK and developing areas)ResearchRC Fair and Vibrant Society Civil Society and Social InnovationResearch, data, international, capacity buildingRC (MIC) Social MediaResearch, data and methodsMIC (RC) The New Dynamics of WorkResearchRC The Future of the UK in EuropeResearch, data, internationalCouncil

7 CapabilityActivities Lead Committee (plus support) Evidence Data infrastructure (‘Big Data’)Building of supporting research infrastructureMIC ‘What Works’ CentresDelivering evidence to inform policyCouncil Macro-economicsCapacity building, dataTSC (MIC) Economic Performance and Sustainable Growth Business innovationResearchRC Financial MarketsResearch, data, internationalRC (MIC) CitiesResearch, data, international, TSBRC (MIC) Social Science of Environmental ChangeResearch, international, capacity building, TSBRC (MIC,TSC) Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions Epigenetics and Educational NeuroscienceResearch, data, capacity building, TSBRC (MIC,TSC) Innovation in Health and Social CareResearch, internationalRC Higher Education (UK and developing areas)ResearchRC Fair and Vibrant Society Civil Society and Social InnovationResearch, data, international, capacity buildingRC (MIC) Social MediaResearch, data and methodsMIC (RC) The New Dynamics of WorkResearchRC The Future of the UK in EuropeResearch, data, internationalCouncil

8 Partnerships and Collaboration ▶ A fundamental shift towards a collaborative approach, with partnership and co-funding at the heart of all that we do: – We attract £23m of additional co-funding from government departments, private sector, civil society and international bodies – Co-production ensures research is better placed to inform policy and practice, increasing the likelihood of impact. – Private sector prioritised for increased engagement and co-funding ▶ Increasingly viewed as partner of choice for government departments and other organisations – Longstanding partnership with DFID – Work with Cabinet Office to establish ‘What Works’ network

9 ESRC’s Development Research Portfolio Title:Total FundingCo-funders: Start date: Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation£62.9MESRC/DFID2005 Growth Research Programme- DEGRP£20.9MDFID/ESRC2011 China and Africa research programme£4.5MDFID/ESRC2014 Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation- ESPA £40.5MNERC/DFID/ESRC2009 Population, reproductive health and economic development (POPOV) £2.9M ESRC/Hewlett Foundation 2012 Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems -ZELS £19.5M DFID/BBSRC/ESRC/ MRC/NERC/DSTL 2013 Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) £12MDFID/NERC/ESRC2013 Health Systems Research£15M DFID/Wellcome/MRC/ ESRC 2013 Education Systems Research£20MDFID/ESRC 2014

10 Examples of ESRC Funded Educational Research ▶ Teaching and Learning Programme (TLRP) – ran from totalling £30m ▶ Science and Mathematics Education (TISME) – research funded in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, The Institute of Physics and the Association of Science Education ▶ Technology Enchanced Learning (TEL) is a ESRC/EPSRC funded programme which has just concluded – research ranging from early childhood development through schools further and higher education as well as professional and workplace learning ▶ Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (ESRC Centre) investigates the role of lifelong learning in promoting economic competitiveness and social cohesion

11 ESRC Priorities related to Education ▶ Higher Education – Research into a dynamic and broad area – in the UK and with international comparison – HE is an increasingly competitive and collaborative international landscape with great potential for new research topics ▶ Education and Development – Partnership with DFID to explore challenges and research questions moving beyond access to education focus of Millennium Development Goals (MDG2) to focus on raising learning outcomes

12 Higher Education landscape – dynamic and worthy of New Research? ▶ Introduction of fees ▶ Increasing numbers of overseas students ▶ Debates around widening participation ▶ New technologies including MOOCs ▶ Potential for changing funding models ▶ Challenges for graduates in the labour market ▶ Different country-specific models of delivery

13 Higher Education as an Emerging Priority  In development – overarching theme The Future of HE; how higher education is organised and funded, and what it is for – its purpose and nature  Including a series of interlinked and overlapping potential research priorities – some clear relevance to international development  Planned activities under HE to be discussed at forthcoming ESRC Research Committee

14 The Developing Research Programme Five potential themes which are under discussion and therefore may be subject to change – ▶ Organisation of HEIs and the HE system ▶ Equity in higher education participation ▶ Curriculum, pedagogy and modes of provision ▶ Higher education for the public good ▶ The academic labour market

15 ESRC-DFID Strategic Research Partnership ▶ To ESRC, International Development represents a complex set of global societal challenges that must be addressed through a broad range of cross-disciplinary social science research ▶ DFID and ESRC co-fund initiatives when we identify strong potential for both development impact and cutting-edge science ▶ Collaborative research funding managed by a dedicated International Development Research team within ESRC

16 ESRC/DFID Education and Development: Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems ▶ Will fund a portfolio of research on critical policy areas currently constraining developing country education systems from translating resources into better learning outcomes for all ▶ Key aim is to provide policymakers and practitioners with concrete ideas on how to improve learning and understanding of how these will translate to their specific context and institutions

17 ESRC/DFID Education and Development: Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems ▶ Three key areas: – How do interacting contextual dynamics enable or inhibit the delivery of quality education in specific country contexts? – How do specific policies or interventions designed to delivery quality education and learning for all interact with these contextual dynamics, and with what impact within and beyond the education system? – How do we better understand, measure and evaluate educational quality and learning outcomes in development contexts?

18 ESRC/DFID Education and Development: Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems ▶ £20 million to be awarded over three annual calls ▶ Each annual call will have a thematic focus ▶ First call of £5m focuses on ‘Effective Teaching’ and closes 25 March ▶ A range of levels of funding are available in the first call: – Small grants: up to £150K on any topic within the scope of the programme. 1 year duration. – Medium grants: £ K for projects related to ‘Effective teaching’. 2-3 years duration. – Large grants: up to £1m for projects that will produce a significant data resource with strong potential for secondary use. Must address ‘Effective Teaching’ and other dynamics influencing teaching practices and learning outcomes. Up to 5 years duration.


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