Business Partnerships

The Institute of Educational Technology’s (IET) expertise in nearly half a century of world-leading research and innovation is also making an impact beyond the education sector.

The IET collaborates and works in partnership with world leading universities, organisations and businesses from across the globe to undertake world leading research into educational technology, helping them improve the way they work by drawing upon our prowess in using the latest digital technology to help with the evolution of learning.

Consultancy and partnerships

The IET’s research is integral to the mission of The Open University to be the world leader in delivering supported open and distance learning. That’s helped us to offer informed consultancy work to external clients in areas including learning design, project evaluation and professional learning. Our clients cover the spectrum of business, government and the third sector, and include organisations such as Shell, the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence and Oxfam. For example IET recently established the Centre for Policing Research and Learning, along with 17 police forces and law enforcement agencies in the UK to improve their policing. Our research is helping to bring about smarter, more effective everyday police work in the face of greater expectations and reduced police budgets. And we are working with Shell and the Energy Institute to help key players in the energy industry learn from incidents, accidents and events.

State-of-the-art facilities

IET researchers and our partners also reap the benefits from using our cutting-edge technology. The Jennie Lee Research Labs are home to a range of facilities including two Human Computer Interaction labs and the Podcast suite, helping us to develop and evaluate educational research. The labs have dedicated support staff to guide the study of how learners interact with the latest educational media and technologies, both at the labs and remotely.

Selection of our partners

  • Oxford University
  • Gates Foundation
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Shell
  • Beijing Normal University
  • UCL (University College London)
  • Creative Commons


For more information about consultancy or partnering with IET, contact:

Michelle Bailey, Senior Research and Impact Manager,