Rosie Gloster

BA, MSc, PGCert

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Principal Research Fellow

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Rosie primarily works on projects that span learning and skills, worklessness, and adult careers, and the links between these public policy areas.

She has evaluated Government pilots, and programmes, and developed evaluation frameworks. Rosie has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research, including conducting literature reviews, and developing and testing theory of change models. She has devised sampling strategies, developed research tools, conducted and managed telephone and face-to-face interviews and focus group discussions with senior managers, young people, students, training providers and policy-makers. Rosie has designed questionnaires and analysed quantitative data, including surveys and management information. Rosie is an experienced project manager - leading teams within the Institute and working in partnership with other research organisations, survey houses and academics; working to guide research from the development stage through to dissemination.

Rosie has varied project experience spanning the area of adult learning and skills. Her recent projects include a review of the contribution of Further Education and skills to social mobility, a study mapping investment in adult skills, a review of best practice relating to engaging people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in the workplace, research exploring the transitions of mature postgraduate students, the evaluation of the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot Round 2, and the evaluation of Trailblazers, a policy to reform the apprenticeship system in England.

Rosie’s research experience also covers issues of worklessness and unemployment, particularly the contribution that training and skills can make to finding employment, and the use of mandation and conditionality. She has recently led a project exploring the training opportunities for benefits claimants using behavioural insights to guide the analysis, specifically focusing on the role of mandation in changing behaviour. Rosie also worked on the evaluation of the 18-21 Work Skills Pilot, which mandated young job seekers to English and Maths training and the Intensive Activity Programme Trial evaluation.

Rosie has been involved in research that has informed the development of adult careers services. She led a qualitative project exploring how adults make career decisions. Her other work in this area has included the evaluation of Skills Coaching; the evaluation of the learndirect telephone guidance trial; a project examining progression among callers to the Careers Advice Service; and the evaluation of the Advancement Network Prototypes.

Rosie has also held research positions at Step Ahead research, where she was involved in local labour market research, and at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, where she managed a large-scale longitudinal qualitative evaluation of Lone Parent Obligations for the Department for Work and Pensions and the stakeholder review of NICE guidance about managing long-term sickness absence and incapacity to work.


2006 University of Dundee, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Coventry (Distance learning) Msc, Local and Regional Economic Development (Distinction)
2002 University of Leeds BA, Economics


2008‑2010 Senior Researcher, Centre for Social and Economic Inclusion
2005‑2008 Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies
2002‑2005 Researcher, Step Ahead Research

Research publications

Articles and chapters

Conference appearances

  • Rethinking resettlement and work, with women refugees in mind, Gloster R, University of Sussex, September 2021
  • Refugees into sustainable employment: key findings from the evaluation, Gloster R, Renaisi RISE seminar: Improving life for refugees in London: How can we collaboratively create change?, Renaisi, City Hall, London, June 2018
  • Adult career decision-making: qualitative research, Gloster R, NICEC Seminar, NICEC, London, January 2014
  • Adult career decision-making: qualitative research, Gloster R, National Careers Service Network Day, Prospects, London, December 2013
  • Meeting Public Sector Equality Duties, Gloster R, Fairness During Fiscal Austerity: What Does It Mean for Different Groups?, ESRC, London, February 2011
  • Lone Parent Obligations. A review of recent evidence on the work-related requirements within the benefit systems of different countries, Gloster R, Finn, D, Casebourne J, Welfare to Work Convention, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, Liverpool, June 2009
  • Findings from the Careers Advice Service Progression Insight Research, Newton B, Gloster R, Policy makers' seminar, April 2009
  • Vocational Guidance using new technologies - Lessons from Learndirect Guidance telephony-based service UK, Newton B, Gloster R, Bringing Public Employment Services directly to jobseekers, employers and local communities using accessible, sustainable systems and technologies, EU Open Access Project, FAS - Irish Employment Board, Dublin, November 2008
  • Evaluating delivery and impact of adult advice and guidance, Page R, Pollard E, NICEC seminar, National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, Brighton, May 2007