Stage of Research: Implement Team Members: 7
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Digital Makers

The Bradford economy is estimated to be underperforming by as much as £4 billion per year and currently as many as a third of local businesses cite a lack of digital expertise as a major block to their growth. One reason for this is that the city is one from education and skills deprivation – a factor which only serves to amplify the digital skills gap. It is vital that we act now to prevent Bradford’s young people, and with them the region’s economic fortunes, falling further behind the rest of the country.

Digital Makers combines a comprehensive programme of research and training that will equip our schools with the knowledge and insights they need to transform the digital education landscape.

Supported by the Digital Futures Commission, The Department for Education, OFSTED, The Alan Turing Institute, the UK Catapults Network and a number of high profile industrial partners, we will plug into the unique Connected Yorkshire data set which links routine anonymised data on 1.4 million people across the county’s NHS and social care providers to create a new digital data stream to run in parallel to the Born in Bradford research study.

In what will be one of the world’s largest ever co-produced science programmes, we will also engage with every secondary school pupil in the district to ensure they have multiple opportunities to shape and participate in the research.

Digital Makers will ensure Bradford is digitally prepared by empowering school leavers need to access the digital world and by identifying and fast-tracking the digital leaders of tomorrow.

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Fundamental Research

Core Science

Fundamental Research

Discovery and Design


Trials and Assessment


Large Randomised Controlled Trial

Refine and test across ~ 100 schools


Regional Rollout


Evidence-based Policy

Our team members

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Jen Shaw

Centre for Applied Education Research - Research and Implementation Assistant (Digital Makers)

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Rafe Clayton

University of Leeds - Lecturer at the School of Media and Communication

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