We develop the research and evaluation capacity of students and practitioners and so run an ongoing internship programme.

This is for people seeking work experience or a venue to undertake their dissertation.

Recent examples include:

A Critical Investigation of the Brathay Model of Youth Development, from the Perspective of Four Diverse Groups of Practitioners. Sinead Kelly. Dissertation presented in part fulfilment of the requirement of the degree of Master of Arts in Transcultural European Outdoor Studies, University of Cumbria. July, 2014.

The Impact of the Aspiring Leaders Programme on the Voluntary and Charitable Sector of Cumbria and North Lancashire. Louise Williams, Oxford University, Summer internship work experience placement, 2014.

We also currently supervise students in their doctoral studies:

Kate Breeze is studying “Working with Families through Outdoor and Experiential Learning.” This research project looks into family intervention programmes developed by three contrasting organisations each of which use outdoor and experiential learning and/or residential experiences in their work with families. This collaborative action research study examines ‘home grown’ programmes, reflecting on practitioners explicit and tacit professional knowledge, and exploring the meaning and impact of outdoor and experiential learning opportunities for the families and for the workers involved.

Academic Partners

Our activities are enhanced by partnerships with the:

  • University of Cumbria (incl. ethical clearance for our research) 
  • Institute of Applied Social Science at Bedfordshire University
  • Lancaster University


If you are interested in volunteering as a research intern, click here to get in touch