About SKOPE

SKOPE is based at the Department of Education, at the University of Oxford.

Founded 22 years ago through funding from the ESRC, the Centre is now self-sustaining through research and consulting work. Our work focuses on policy and practice at the intersection of education, skills, and employment.

SKOPE comprises a global network of researchers whose expertise spans the fields of education, sociology, economics, STEM, industrial relations, and assessment, amongst others.

The aims of the Centre are:

  • To conduct and provide resource for innovative, multi-disciplinary research on the inter-relationships between the development, demand, supply, and deployment of skill across the education and employment landscape in the UK and more broadly.
  • To develop the capability of the research community to advance methodological development, data gathering, analysis, and theory building probing these issues.
  • To inform debate and assist the formation of public policy on skill.
  • To support practitioner and policy communities to develop their capacity to commission and utilise research on skill to maximise effect.

Our team

Dr Susan James Relly

Dr Susan James Relly

Job title - Director

Dr James Robson

Dr James Robson

Job title - Deputy Director

Professor Ewart Keep

Professor Ewart Keep

Job title - Emeritus Professor

Dr Steve Puttick

Dr Steve Puttick

Job title - SKOPE Research Fellow

Dr Adam Saunders

Job title - SKOPE Research Fellow