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The Open University

  • 2006 Report Production
    • Pareas Associates finalised a major report for the OU Marketing team to examine the effect of learner styles on qualification, outcome and progression within the OU Business School. The report was compiled using data previously collected over the period 2002–2004.
  • 2006 Languages Project
    • In 2006 we devised and worked on an online survey for the OU - for recent enquirers about their language courses. They were keen to establish why the conversion rate from enquiry to enrolment was not higher and whether this was an issue relating to the courses, or if it was due to the circumstances of the enquirers. A report was provided on the outcomes of the research.
  • 2005 'Early Years' Learning Project
    • We carried out a project to establish the reason behind the uptake of one of the OU courses as part of the 'Early Years' suite of awards. The project involved a telephone survey with 300 students.
  • 2004 One-to-One Mentoring of OU Research Staff
    • We were engaged to provide support to the OU Market Research team by offering a one-to-one coaching and mentoring service for recently appointed staff.
  • 2004 The Market for a Degree in Primary Education
    • We carried out telephone interviews for the OU Teaching Courses team to identify the extent of the market for a degree in Primary Education. We provided the team with a report on the findings.
  • 2004 The Market for Paediatric Nurses
    • In January 2004 we carried out a project for the OU Health and Social Welfare faculty on the numbers and demand for paediatric nurses in the UK.
  • 2004 Volunteering and Non-Executive Directors in the UK
    • During 2004 we delivered a project for the OU Market and Product Development office. This was an investigation into the situation, numbers and status of volunteering and non-executive directors in the country.
  • 2003 Troubleshooting
    • This contract with the OU was to support the Head of Product Management and Market Intelligence by providing project management services for a number of research projects. Our primary roles were follow up, client-agency liaison and information management.
  • 2002 Non-Continuers Study 2
    • We worked on a second study to identify reasons for non-continuation of programmes. As the project expanded we covered a wider selection of courses for the OU.
  • 2000 Non-Continuers Study
    • The OU awarded us a contract to undertake qualitative research to identify reasons for non-continuation of programmes.
  • 1999 Market for Programmes
    • We undertook preliminary research to establish the potential market for management level Certificate and Diploma programmes in Leisure and Tourism.
  • 1998 Matching Employer Needs to Educational Provision
    • We collaborated with programme tutors to help re-design the course content of a programme in Computing for Commerce and Industry.
  • 1997 Readership Research
    • We carried out the first stage of a readership survey on how students use the OU magazine 'Sesame' - to help further development, content and format.
  • 1997 Library Research
    • We ran focus groups with academic staff to evaluate their use and experience of electronic journals available through their library facility.