New Research Director appointed

15 May 2017

Cambridge Assessment today announces the appointment of a new Research Director.

Tom Bramley takes over from Sylvia Green, who is retiring after 22 years at the international exams group, which has the largest research capability of its kind in Europe.

Tom, who joined Cambridge Assessment in 1995 in what was then its Research and Evaluation Division, has been Assistant/Deputy Director to Sylvia Green for the past 11 years, leading the Educational Measurement team.

He now takes over responsibility for a team of 27 which is dedicated to validating, improving and developing assessments and services, and to influencing thinking and policy on educational assessment nationally and internationally.

Much of Tom’s research work has related to standards, especially exploring ways of involving expert judgement in the process of setting exam grade boundaries, and he is a member of the Standards Advisory Group at the England exam regulator Ofqual. A familiar face in the research world, his work is widely published and he has given numerous presentations on assessment topics including basic statistics, item and test development, reliability, validity, test equating, standard setting and maintaining and Rasch measurement.

Tom said: “I’m delighted to take up this new role and am now looking forward to continuing the good work of the Research Division at a time of significant reform of qualifications and assessments in England.”

Tim Oates CBE, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, said: “I have great pleasure in confirming Tom Bramley as the new Director. His accumulated expertise in assessment and his wide internal and external networks equip him strongly for the role.

“I welcome the opportunity of working with him in planning and delivering the wide-ranging research programme which provides essential underpinning to the domestic and international work of the Group.”