Tim Oates CBE, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment
Tim joined Cambridge Assessment in May 2006 to spearhead the rapidly growing Assessment Research and Development division. He was previously at the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency, where he had been Head of Research and Statistics for most of the last decade.
Work included advising on a pan-European 8-level qualifications framework. He has advised the UK Government for many years on both practical matters and assessment policy.
He started his career as a research officer at the University of Surrey. He moved to the FE Staff College in 1987 where he helped run the Work-Based Learning project. London University's Institute of Education then appointed him as NCVQ Research Fellow. In 1993 he joined one of the QCA's predecessor bodies, the National Council for Vocational Qualifications, as Head of GNVQ Research and Development. Promotion to Director of Research followed two years later.
Tim was awarded CBE in the 2015 New Year's Honours for services to education.
Dr Martin Johnson, Senior Research Officer, Assessment and Research Division of Cambridge Assessment
Prior to working at Cambridge, Martin was a teacher for ten years. His areas of interest are, amongst other things, the impact of assessment mode on performance and behaviour, learners’ perceptions of assessment materials, the social implications of assessment, and influences on motivation. Martin has published in a number of areas, including research into the question writing process, the links between assessment outcomes and the technology through which they are mediated, assessors’ communication practices, and studies looking at the psychological and social aspects of assessment processes.
Tori Coleman,Research Officer, Assessment Research and Division of Cambridge Assessment
Tori is involved in a variety of projects on curriculum and assessment and qualitative research methods. Prior to joining Cambridge Assessment she completed her MPhil in Education (Psychology and Education) at the University of Cambridge.