Stuart Cole

Research Development Manager

As Research Development Manager at DSC, Stuart provides research and consultancy to inform policy and practice in the charity sector.

Stuart specialises in armed forces charities and heads DSC’s Armed Forces Charities research project, which is funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, co-authoring eight Focus On reports and two Sector Insight reports on the subject. He is also the winner of the 2021 FiMT Research Award for his work in this field.

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Stuart’s research interests also involve the application of methodologies to measure and evaluate charity sector projects for stakeholders and service users. Before joining DSC in 2015, Stuart held an academic post in public health research, working on projects in partnership with the World Health Organization, Alcohol Research UK, and the NHS.

Stuart holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology, an MSc in Applied Psychology, and a PGCE in Psychology. He is a qualified teacher and taught for five years before moving into applied research.