About the Research Group

The Participant Centred Learning (ParCeL) network was established in 2016 from a gathering of leading researchers and mentors, young early career researchers and commercial practitioners, based in the UK and TR; providing a unique opportunity for exchanging knowledge, sharing best practice in participant-centred learning.

An ancient proverb states: “Tell me and I will listen, Show me and I will observe, Involve me and I will learn.”

Extensive practice and research into management education has led to new and innovative learning approaches, which have had a positive impact on learners in a global learning context.  Research into student-centred learning practices, including the development of innovative approaches in management case study delivery and work-based learning (WBL), has examined the impact on learning and subsequent employability of learners. 

Our projects include collaborations with entrepreneurial SMEs housed in university technoparks and incubators, which often partner with universities and other higher education institutes (HEIs) for training and consulting support and benefit greatly from WBL initiatives. This network seeks to share insights into activities undertaken to examine student-centred learning approaches adopted in management education in the UK and Turkey and to consider the positive cultural impact and implications of adopting shared/collaborative approaches to learning in this very topical, fast-developing sector. A ‘Connect4Innovation’ project, funded by British Council (2021-2023) is enabling the research group to develop and research the use of live case studies in entrepreneurial education, in both the UK and Turkey.

Previous collaborations have included ventures between the University of Worcester (UK), Istanbul Technical University (TR), The Case Development Centre at Rotterdam School of Management (NL) and Middle East Technical University (TR).