My professional life revolves around identifying complex questions, finding things out, and formulating comprehensible answers. I spent over a decade in or around academia before joining the Civil Service as a Senior Research Officer at the Strategic Analysis and Research Division of the UK Department for Education. My work involves multi-disciplinary analytic support on strategic and cross-cutting areas of UK educational policy and practice, especially as part of the Government’s educational strategy on social mobility and disadvantage.

Prior to joining the Department, I was based at The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the world’s first and oldest international university network. Alongside colleagues, I analysed the outcomes of a £25m per annum government-funded scholarship program – the UK’s Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships – for individual recipients and societies, in addition to writing about scholarship program outcomes, the state of evaluation practice, and the wider implications of higher education development programs.

Until mid-2017 I edited the blog series ‘Measuring Success?’, which draws together expert contributions on analysing scholarship programs and aims to facilitate dialogue between the various government agencies, private foundations, and academic researchers working in the sector. I have also sat on various working groups concerned with international higher education, development, and research approaches, including the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility’s expert working group and the Donor Harmonization Group of agencies and researchers involved in higher education development cooperation.