Academics and students from the Centre for Research in Digital Education work with industry on collaborative projects, commissioned research, consultancy and CPD.

The benefits of researcher-industry collaboration can include the development of new products, improvements to services, informing policy, developing skills, building long-term research-industry associations as well as addressing challenges and solving problems.  Our partners value us for our distinctive approach to learning, teaching and technology in formal and informal education, and for the ways in which we combine our research with imaginative and creative practice.

We take a broad view of industry engagement that includes public service delivery, policy advocacy, and the work of third sector organisations as well as private companies within the finance, educational technology and creative industries.

Our industry partners

In recent years our academics have improved services, informed policy and developed products with organisations across finance, pharmaceuticals, educational technology, development, and creative industries, including:

World Bank Group, USAID Digital Inclusion, PlayTalkLearn, Save the Children, Early Childhood Australia, Pfizer, GSMA, Indiana CPA Society, Centre for International Private Enterprise, BBC CBeebies, Punchcut, Hopster, Syncscreen, Tate, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh Art Festival, National Museums of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh Zoo, Imperial War Museum, National Library of Scotland, Rob Robinson Heritage Consulting, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Glasgow Science Centre

Recent CRDE industry engagement 

✚Dr Judy Robertson, along with colleagues of the University of Edinburgh, hosted a CPD day for school staff on 15th February 2018. Newbattle Digital Centre of Excellence is a key part of Midlothian Council’s vision to create a world-class education system. The Centre of Excellence will offer opportunities for deeper learning through an enhanced curriculum, specialist teaching, dedicated resources and high quality vocational experiences.  

74 teachers attended the event, exploring the goals of the digital centre, considering their contribution to a digital school and learning about Flipped Classroom, Computational Thinking and Future Teaching with Internet of Things.

✚In his role as a fellow of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, Dr Andrew Manches was invited to attend the David Hume Institute’s 2018 Politicians and Professionals Series where he had the opportunity to ask various politicians about their views related to Digital Education. 

✚Dr Zayba Ghazali-Mohammed organised a successful workshop on the 11thDecember on ‘Children & Technology: towards interdisciplinary collaboration’, funded by the Scottish Informatics Computer Science Alliance. This event attracted people from the children's technology industry, academia, museums, and beyond to share their research and develop wider networks.

Work with CRDE

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You can find out about our research interests by exploring our research strands or reading about our current and previous research projects.   

Please contact us if you would like to discuss research ideas, input, partnerships or projects.

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