Badge showing an otter with a magnifying glass, surrounded by the words 'Department for Education User Research Community' Our mission patch

The DfE user research community designed this sticker together. Like us, otters are collaborative, adaptable, and effective as individuals but with a strong sense of community.

Get a mission patch laptop sticker from your local UR community lead.

Find a DfE user researcher

We keep a list of all user researchers currently working in the Department (DfE SharePoint users only).

Why we have a user research community

It's our goal to make Department for Education the best place in government to be a user researcher and our active and supportive community of practice, made up of our more than 110 brilliant user researchers, is a big part of that.

When you join DfE, you're joining a friendly group of passionate professionals, who want to deliver great research for our teams, and make a real difference to the users of DfE services and policies.

We regularly come together in community of practice meetups, have active and friendly Slack channels, and various community initiatives, working groups and interest groups to get involved in.