The new centre will provide a focus for the university’s research on learning and innovation. In addition to conducting fundamental research on learning, the centre will study processes of educational innovation, including processes and structures which improve the connections between research on learning and sustainable educational innovation. Its remit will also include researching processes of innovation and change outside formal education, whenever such change involves a significant element of individual, group, organisational or community learning. The centre will include all staff and research students with interests in learning, innovation and change (in formal education and also in workplace and community settings).
Methodological innovation will be a core activity for the centre. This reflects a conviction that the speed and complexity of change in the world demand new forms of inquiry that can connect evidence to action in a timely way.