I am a maths education specialist, having completed a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Mathematics Education at the University of Warwick, before going on to earn an ESRC-funded MSc in Educational Research Methodology and DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford.
My DPhil focused on the transition between secondary and university maths, specifically looking at the roles of questions and students’ approaches to learning. I carried over some of this work when I joined Cambridge Assessment in 2013, researching the differences between the skills assessed in different post-compulsory maths qualifications. The biggest project I have worked on so far concerned the maths needs of students going on to study STEMM or social science degrees of university, where we surveyed over 4,000 current undergraduates who had taken AS or A Level maths to see how well-prepared they believed they were for the mathematical demands of their degree.
I have also worked on projects outside of maths education, working on a wide range of topic areas including citizenship education, GCSE Geography resource accessibility, A-level History option choices and the needs of non-specialist teachers.
My current research projects concern the use of technology in maths assessment in other jurisdictions, and work to validate and improve the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA). The TMUA was developed by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing based on some of the ideas in my DPhil research, part of which compared the skills assessed by a range of maths admissions tests.
Whilst at Oxford I rowed in the Women’s Boat Race against Cambridge, and have raced for England at the Home International Regatta. I currently row for Cantabrigian Rowing Club, where I am the women’s captain. I serve on the editorial board of the IMA journal, Teaching Mathematics and its Applications.