Training and Employment Research Unit

Training and Employment Research Unit

Research activity

The Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) is a multi-disciplinary centre for applied economic and social research, driven by a desire to offer practical solutions to the challenges faced by policy makers, practitioners, individuals and communities. We undertake research and evaluation work, and deliver specialist training for a wide range of clients across the UK.

Research expertise

  • Research and evaluation focusing on:
    • Local and regional economic development
    • Key sectors of the economy
    • Business development and enterprising behaviour
    • Labour markets and skills issues
    • The worklessness agenda and employability
    • Social and economic inclusion
    • Community and area regeneration
  • Technical appraisals of the costs and benefits of potential projects and programmes
  • Establishment of monitoring and evaluation frameworks to test the delivery effectiveness of projects and programmes
  • Strategy planning and facilitation
  • Policy advisory work

Research methods

  • Literature reviews and document analysis
  • Design and management of surveys
  • Statistical analysis of existing datasets and survey-generated data
  • In-depth qualitative studies with individuals and organisations
  • Developing good practice case studies

Making an impact with our research

  • Feeding directly into policy development
  • Guiding the development of new projects, programmes and ways of working
  • Providing an evidence base
  • Formative evaluation work to enhance delivery
  • Challenging misconceptions

Research clients

We have an extensive range of clients who commission our research services.

  • International agencies such as European Commission and OECD
  • National government agencies such as Department for Work and Pensions
  • Regional governments and their agencies, principally the Scottish Government
  • Regional development organisations including East of England Development Agency, One North East, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Sub-regional bodies including Commission for New Economy (Greater Manchester) and Liverpool City Region
  • An extensive range of local authorities and local partnerships
  • Third sector organisations such as Community Enterprise in Scotland and Glasgow Social Economy Partnership

  • 13 Oct

    Key role for Business School Professor

    Key Role for Business School Professor in Devolution of Employment Services.
  • 29 Jan

    Director appointed Big Lottery Scotland Committee

    Professor Alan McGregor, Director of the Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU), has been appointed to the Big Lottery Scotland Committee.
  • 29 Jan

    Professor appointed EC Adviser

    Professor Alan McGregor, Director of the Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU), has been appointed Expert Adviser to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.