Colleges Research Network Journal

The first edition of the 'Colleges Action Inquiry Research Network' (CAIRN) journal has now been published and you can access this here.

CAIRN is a practitioner led and oriented research network for those working in the further, adult and vocational education sector in Scotland. The journal offers all those working in the sector the opportunity to share their practitioner-enquiry research with colleagues and to help shape future developments in the sector. 

Whilst promoting high quality and rigorous practitioner-enquiry research the journal also offers a flexible, open and inclusive opportunity for all those in the sector to share and showcase the findings and insights from their own practitioner-enquiry research more widely. The Journal also welcomes contributions from stakeholders working in partnership with sector.

This first edition includes articles on classroom teaching innovations, reflections on student persistence, transitions, research methodology and a review of the support for colleges provided by the National Library of Scotland.

  • Daniel Kiraly is a Construction and Civil Engineering Lecturer at UHI Perth. Read his article
  • Frances Ann Whittet is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Health & Social Studies at UHI Perth. Read her article

If you have a piece of work that you think could be of interest to your colleagues in the sector, please contact 

Patrick is one of the editors who will be pleased to offer help and guidance. You can also email