My background is in Psychology, and I hold a BSc from the University of York as well as a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Bristol. Post university, I worked for both the Medical Research Council in London and the Department of Psychiatry in Cambridge, researching the impact of transition to community, rather than hospital-based, care upon the lifestyle and wellbeing of adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
I joined the newly-formed research department of UCLES, as Cambridge Assessment used to be known, in January 1994 and have worked on a wide variety of projects including extensive comparability work, questionnaires and surveys of centres and candidates, and detailed evaluation of individual specifications. I lead the comparability strand of our research programme, and have been involved for more than 20 years with our Aspects of Writing research which examines elements of 16+ candidates’ writing at various points in time.
At present, I am revisiting the topic of teaching and learning practical cookery skills in schools, which we first researched in the early 2000’s. I am closely involved with comparability research in many different guises; plus I am enjoying settling into a new role as Deputy Director of Assessment Research and Development, which brings with it a greater involvement in the management of the division.
At home, I am often to be found in the greenhouse or at the allotment and my research role at work is reflected in an ongoing fascination with family archives and genealogy.