At UK online centres we conduct extensive research in order to monitor the network, find out more about our current users and target audiences and gain insight into wider issues around online take-up. You can download some of our previous research reports here, and see some of the latest reports from Ofcom, the Office for National Statistics and other key partners.
The internet and informal learning
This research, commissioned by UK online centres from research agency ICM, presents the new face of informal adult learning, which has been revolutionised by the new tools available to help people learn more and discover more online. It also brings together the existing statistics on informal learning, and discusses the need for us to find a new definition of adult learning based on these new findings.
Between 14 September 2011 and 30 April 2012, UK online centres worked collaboratively with Sheffield City Council, Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice and The Pensions Service on an innovative project in Sheffield to increase awareness of the benefits of using online public services.
What can you do?
If you are a local authority, a medium-sized organisation or a local community partner and you would like to build a similar partnership in your area why not read the report above and then use our free toolkit?
ONS Internet Access Quarterly Update - May 2012
The ONS Internet Access report focusses on the use and non-use of the internet. This report, published in May 2012, shows that 8.12 million adults (16.1%) had never used the Internet. This is about 1 per cent lower than 2011 Q4 and 7 per cent lower than 2011 Q1. Men (86.1%) were more likely to be Internet users than women (81.3%)
ONS Internet Access Quarterly Update - February 2012
The ONS Internet Access report focusses on the use and non-use of the internet. This report, published in February 2012, shows that 8.2 million adults in the UK have never used the internet, down 229,000 on the previous quarter. Of these 8.2 million, 3.98 million are disabled adults and 67% of the total offline population is over 65.
UK online centres Online jobs report
This report, commissioned by UK online centres from research agency ICM, throws a light on the attitudes of employers towards online skills, and highlights the disadvantage online jobseekers are putting themselves at in their search for work. The report provides a national focus, as well as a specific focus on 6 areas of the country; Newcastle and Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Hull, Nottingham, Liverpool and Wolverhampton.