Cambridge ups the ante on education research
The latest push to expand research capacity at Cambridge Assessment takes place today. Two more recruits are sought to take the organisation’s research teams up to fifty staff. The enhanced research programme is designed to help examination boards, Government and regulators make better decisions on assessment.
The Research Division has increased by a third to twenty researchers since the beginning of the year, whilst Cambridge ESOL’s team numbers thirty. This gives Cambridge Assessment the largest such capacity in the UK. The expansion will lead to an increase in the number of research projects undertaken, including long range theoretical work and practical developments related to current examinations and tests.
In addition to the new researchers, Tom Bramley, a psychometrician who in the past has worked on statistical evaluation work for National Curriculum tests, has been promoted to Assistant Director of Research. He also leads the Evaluation Group.
Sylvia Green, Director of the Research Division, said: “Cambridge Assessment strives to be at the forefront of assessment research. By expanding our teams we will have the capacity to influence thinking and to underpin developments in new assessment methods.”
The researchers have a wide variety of skills and qualifications between them, having collectively amassed 16 PhDs. Researchers conduct programmes to support the organisation’s wide range of professional, rigorous and high standard assessments, over eight million of which are taken every year in over 150 countries.