Apprenticeships Research Unit

Coordinating Degree Apprenticeship research activity across the University and beyond

The Apprenticeships Research Unit (ARU) aims to become a leading research unit in the field of apprenticeships research, with a specific emphasis on higher, degree and masters level apprenticeships.

As one of the largest providers of Degree Apprenticeships, Manchester Metropolitan University is an ideal location for pioneering research on this higher-level training pathway.

Building on existing relationships with employers and students, we will produce high-quality academic research outputs, which will also help to inform policy and practice.

Our research

The ARU is an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Dr Raheel Nawaz and Dr Katy Jones, and our research focuses on three key areas:

If you’d like to work with us or require further information on our research please get in touch:

Current projects

Working Life After Degree Apprenticeship

This is a qualitative, longitudinal study that will provide some of the first insights into the experience of individuals completing degree apprenticeship programmes, and reflections from employers on the impact of the programme to date. Contact Katy Jones for more details at

Understanding the participation of degree apprentices and undergraduate students

This is a quantitative study that compares the characteristics of a large sample degree apprentices with undergraduate students enrolling on similar courses. It seeks to uncover key differences and similarities between those enrolling on degree apprenticeship and traditional undergraduate courses. Contact Qi Cao for more details at