About RCU

RCU is a wholly employee owned specialist research and consultancy company and we’ve been established for over 20 years.  

We offer support to individual providers and national funding bodies in the UK education, training and skills sector, helping them make informed decisions.

Our mission is to develop practical and relevant market research and consultancy solutions to clients through innovation, professionalism and market expertise.

We offer an extensive range of research services to individual colleges and partnerships who wish to find out more prior to making important business decisions.  For instance, you may

  •   wish to better understand the market before you introduce a new service or course;
  •   wish to identify opportunities for curriculum development;
  •   be interested in stakeholder/community views;
  •   need to ensure your strategic planning is taking you in the right direction.

Our services include independent, quality assured research, data analysis and consultancy.

In addition, specific services we offer to colleges include governor support, high impact consultancy days, market intelligence for curriculum planning, staff surveys, destinations surveys and help to improve your bottom line.

We also work in partnership with AoC to deliver the sector-owned data analysis and benchmarking service, MiDES.



Unit 3 Tustin Court

Port Way

Ashton on Ribble



Tel: 01772 734855

Website: www.rcu.co.uk