We are a Social, Market and Educational Research Consultancy based in Bristol, UK. We provide strategic research services for National and European Government agencies, private sector organisations, the third sector, and to support academic research projects.
Timmus has been running since 2003. We design ways to collect reliable and valid data, including via online surveys, cognitive interviewing, and user interviews. We are proud to be a MRS (Market Research Society) Company Partner.
The Office of National Statistics // LSIS // JISC // North Lincs. County Council // Process Management International (PMI) Ltd. // SpilGames, Netherlands // University of Cambridge // University of Bristol // City University London // CeDARE // CUREE
We design, build and manage effective ways to collect reliable and valid data. We also analyse and present the findings using thematic (qualitative) and statistical (quantitative) methods.
In practice this usually involves online surveys, face-to-face or remote user testing and interviewing, impact evaluations, desk research, training or data analysis. Every job we do is different. Every solution is bespoke. One thing stays the same: we have a reputation for creating excellent deliverables and exceeding client expectations.
We have over twelve years’ experience of diverse research challenges, ranging from designing and analysing customer satisfaction surveys for the Office of National Statistics to evaluating the impact of £1.3 million pounds of funding in Further Education Colleges.
Current projects include designing well-being surveys for children in the UK care system, identifying ways to measure digital competence of schools across the EU, and analysing data about the evolving pedagogies of newly qualified teachers.
Here are some other examples of projects we’re worked on. Click on each to learn more about our bespoke solution to each client’s problem.
Jim Devine works in the field of educational policy development, project implementation and evaluation at European level. He fulfilled an institutional leadership role in higher education as President (2001-2011) of the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) in Dublin. Prior to joining IADT he led the development of open/distance education postgraduate programmes in Dublin City University. He regularly evaluates projects and proposals for DG CNECT and EACEA in the field of TEL and policy-oriented digital learning funding calls. He has a particular interest in questions of scale, sustainability and impact of initiatives designed to modernise schools and higher education.
Dr Tabetha Newman is principal consultant at Timmus, an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol, and preferred analyst for their R&D team. She is a member of the Market Research Society, the Social Research Association, and the Alliance for Useful Evidence. She is a Governor at her local primary school.
Tabetha’s qualifications include a degree in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Animal Behaviour. In 2000 she moved from academia into the field of science communication and e-learning, producing solutions for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, and KPMG. She wanted to incorporate more research into her work, so in 2003 she left to found Timmus.
Helen Beetham is a writer, researcher, speaker and adviser on e-learning issues. She has written influential reports on e-learning, digital literacy, open education, online learning and digital organisations. Helen was a member of the UK Government’s Beyond Current Horizons programme on educational futures and has led futures thinking initiatives for a number of global universities and national bodies. Helen has co-authored volumes Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age and Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age (both Routledge). Blogs at design-4-learning.blogspot.com, digitalstudent/jiscinvolve.org and digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org
Dr Mike Gulliver has the kind of wide-ranging skills that come from over twenty years of experience in both academic and professional contexts. Originally a linguist (interpreter, translator and teacher), his love for exploring and unpacking the When, Why and How brought him into historical and then minority group political research. Instinctively intuitive and qualitative, rarely conformist, and happiest breaking down complexity into its working parts, he has pioneered new areas of research and teaching, and carried out large-scale analysis and reporting work both as an academic and manager in Higher Education, in Secondary Education, and in the commercial and voluntary sectors.
Dr Emma Smith is a biologist by background, having completed a Ph.D. at Bristol University on animal welfare and behaviour. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher for a couple of years, and since 1999 has taught on the University’s part time courses, predominantly supervising research projects for postgraduates. She has a keen interest in teaching and holds a Diploma in Education. Emma puts her research, numerical and critical thinking skills to good use outside of the ivory towers, and is a fully accredited business adviser, working with clients at Outset Bristol, BRAVE and Cool Ventures. Emma has worked with Timmus as a data analysis consultant for more than six years. Outside of work, Emma enjoys horse riding and latin and ballroom dancing.
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