Since joining Cambridge University Press & Assessment in 2005, I have worked on a wide range of projects, including research on subject choice, progression from general and vocational qualifications to further/higher education and employment, quality of marking, and comparability of standards in high stakes examinations.
My current areas of interest include different aspects of qualification reform (e.g., the impact of the reform of GCSE and A level maths qualifications; changes to the post-16 education landscape), the application of comparative judgement to the moderation of school-based assessment, the reliability of qualifications, the move from paper to digital assessment, and the validity of our qualifications as predictors of university and career success both in the UK and internationally.
I hold a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Statistics from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Aberdeen. I conducted two years of my doctoral research on disease map modelling and surveillance of diseases at the University of South Carolina.
Much of my work involves the use of large educational databases such as the National Pupil database and the HESA Student Records. I have expertise in the analysis and modelling of assessment data and I am skilled in statistical programming in several languages including SAS and R. I have presented the outcomes of my work at national and international conferences and published in education and assessment journals.
Outside of work I enjoy reading, swimming, and spending time at home or travelling with my husband and two children.