The Centre for Skills, Knowledge, and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) is based at the Department of Education, at Oxford University.

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

  1. To conduct and provide resources 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.
  2. To develop the capability of the research community to advance methodological development, data gathering, analysis, and theory building probing these issues.
  3. To inform debate and assist the formation of public policy on skill.
  4. To support practitioner and policy communities to develop their capacity to commission and utilise research on skill to maximise the effect.