© Learning Skills Research 2016

Learning Skills Research is an independent charitable organisation devoted to improving the quality of learning. It raises funds for scientific research, public lectures and policy development in the revolutionary field of educational neuroscience and for other academic research programmes that will lead to the discovery of new learning techniques.

We focus on ‘how people learn’ as opposed to ‘what people learn’. We are closely engaged with the Centre for Educational Neuroscience (CEN) and others working in the fields of neuroscience and education with the principal aim of providing a bridge between the latest academic discoveries about how the brain functions and the teaching community.

We work to promote vital dialogue that will enhance understanding of the underlying processes of how brains encode learning of new information and concepts. This will allow us to shape education for all in the future based on universal, evidence-based principles rather than constantly changing theories and policies of the day.

Our aim is to come up with practical solutions and we have established Learnus® as a think tank to pave the way.

Identifying and sharing new developments in learning
promoting their application by connecting ideas with practice
Registered Charity No: 1124064
Making Learning Connections





Professor Simon Baron-Cohen FBA   Professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge. Director of the University’s Autism Centre, Fellow of Trinity College, Vice-President of the National Autistic Society
Sir David Cannadine FBA FRSL FSA FRHistS   British author and historian who specialises in modern history. He is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University, a Visiting Professor of History at Oxford University
Lord Clement-Jones of Clapham CBE   Liberal Democrat Peer and their spokesman for the Creative Industries in the House of Lords. Honourary President of Ambitious about Autism
Professor Dame Uta Frith FRS, FBA, FMedSci   German developmental psychologist working at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.
The Rt Hon. the Lord Foster of Bath   British Liberal Democrat politician who represented Bath, Somerset as its constituency MP from 1992 until 2015.  From October 2013 to May 2015 he held the ex-officio title of Comptroller of the Household as Liberal Democrat Chief Whip.
Professor Gavin Henderson CBE   English arts administrator, conductor and trumpeter. Since 2007 he has been Principal of the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London.
Former Patrons    
Baroness James of Holland Park OBE, FRSA, FRSL (1920 - 2014)
  P.D.James was an English crime writer. She rose to fame for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh.
Sir Brian John Maynard Tovey KCMG (15 April 1926 - 23 December 2015)   Founder Patron of Learning Skills Research Sir Brian was a British intelligence analyst who was director of the British signals intelligence agency, GCHQ, a post he held from 1978 to 1983.
John Nicholas Walton, Baron Walton of Detchant, Kt. (16 September 1922 - 21 April 2016)   British neuroscientist and member of the House of Lords. He was former President of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council, the Royal Society of Medicine and the World Federation of Neurology.