Research and evaluation

The LLAS team is made up of experienced researchers and academic developers who have carried out a variety of research and evaluation projects focused on education in our subject areas. LLAS staff have published academic articles, book chapters, reviews, reports and learning resources based on their research, and have experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods. LLAS has a reputation for efficiency, diligence and ability to deliver high quality outputs for funders.

Our approach

We can provide the following research and evaluation services:

  • scoping studies and literature reviews on education-related topics;
  • formative and summative evaluation services for education projects;
  • design, delivery and analysis of large-scale surveys on education-related topics;
  • running focus groups and expert seminars for projects on education-related topics;
  • expertise and advice on projects in languages and related subjects.

Our team has particular expertise in:

  • Pedagogic research
  • Motivation in language learning
  • Technology in education
  • Interdisciplinary teaching and learning
  • Open educational resources
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Transition from secondary to higher education
  • Internationalisation of higher education

Our research

The following are selected examples of our recent research:

Scoping studies and literature reviews

Bernasek, L. and Bunt, G. (2010) Islamic Studies Provision in the UK: a report to HEFCE by the Higher Education Academy. Bristol: HEFCE. Available at:
Corradini, E., Borthwick, K. and Dickens, A. (2010) Information and communication technologies in foreign language learning. Southampton: LLAS Centre. Available at:

Evaluation report

Dickens, A. (2012) Project evaluation for: Bridging the Gap: Teaching Adaptations Across the Disciplines and Sharing Content for Curriculum Renewal (Adapt project).

Large-scale surveys

Canning, J. (2011) Survey of non-specialist language learners (Southampton: University Council for Modern Languages) Available at
Canning, J., Gallagher-Brett, A., Tartarini, F. & McGuinness, H. (2010) Routes into Languages: Report on Teacher and Pupil Attitude Surveys. Southampton: LLAS Centre.

More information on our research and expertise can be found on individual staff profile pages.

For more information on our research and evaluation services, please contact us at or on 023 8059 4814.