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Research Profile

Prof Ewart Keep 

Professor Ewart Keep
Position:Deputy Director, SKOPE
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 70396
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Address:1.29 Glamorgan Building


Holds a 1st class honours degree in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from Royal Holloway College, University of London (1976-79), and a PhD on 'Joint Industrial Councils Since World War Two: Adaptation or Decline?' from the Industrial relations Research unit, University of Warwick (1982-85).

Research Interests

UK and international education and training policy analysis

Initial vocational education and training

The relationship between workforce skill and productivity

Higher education and the labour market

Learning Organisations

Managerial attitudes towards investment in skill

The measurement of skill

Performance management systems within education and training

Research Grants

E. Keep, K. Mayhew and R. Pring.  For the period October 1998 to end September 2003, the sum of £2.3 million for the ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance at the universities of Oxford and Warwick.

E. Keep and K. Mayhew.  For the period October 2003 to end September 2008, the sum of £2.4 million for the ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.

A. Brown and E. Keep.  £9,500 from the ESRC to undertake a review of UK VET research (1989-1999) as part of the EU’s COST Action A11 programme.

D. Ashton, A. Felstead, D. Gallie, F. Green, E. Keep and K. Mayhew.  From January 2001, £700,000 from the DfES to design, run and analyse a second version of the Skills Survey.

E. Keep, K. Mayhew, T. Hogarth and R. Wilson.  From October 2002, £90,000 to run a series of seminars to support the DTI’s work on skills and to undertake research into the product market strategies of firms in the East and West Midlands in selected sectors.

G. Hayward, A. Hodgson, J. Johnson, E. Keep, R. Pring and K. Spours.  From September 2003, £370,000 from the Nuffield Foundation to undertake the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training (for three years).

E. Keep, K. Mayhew, G. Hayward and G. Rees.  From October 2008, £4.8 million from the ESRC to support the Centre on Skills Knowledge and Organisational Performance.