We are pleased to announce the launch of two exciting new research themes which will significantly broaden the scope of TASO’s work and the focus of our research projects in the coming years.

The new themes will be as follows:

  • Theme 3: Employment and Employability
  • Theme 4: Mental health and disability

In addition to our existing themes (Theme 1: Effectiveness of Widening Participation Outreach; Theme 2: Gaps in the Student Experience), the new themes will guide our future research priorities.

All TASO themes are guided by a group of representatives from the sector to help us decide which research projects we should commission. This is a key part of our collaborative approach to working with the sector, ensuring all of the research projects we undertake and commission are relevant, useful and informed by a wide variety of stakeholders.

More details about how these themes were selected can be found in our Sector Consultation report.

“The establishment of these new themes is an important step in TASO’s growth and will shape much of our research from now on. We feel that we’ve selected two important themes, rich with potential to further our understanding of the most effective approaches to improving access and outcomes for disadvantaged and underrepresented students in higher education. These themes recognise that educational inequality is a broad and multi-faceted issue that spans from before a student applies to higher education institutions, affects their experience while in higher education, all the way to their entry into the labour market.”

Dr Omar Khan, Director of TASO


We look forward to sharing more about how these new themes will shape our work going forward. We are also seeking members for new working groups on each new theme to help shape our programme of work in each area.

For more information on the theme working groups and details on how to get involved, click here.