Professor Jannette Elwood

Jannette Elwood is Professor of Education and Director of the Doctoral Research Centre in the School of Education at Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked in educational research, teaching and policy in a variety of organisations.

Before moving to Queen’s in 2000, she worked for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in England where she was responsible for the management and development of key stage 3 national curriculum tests for 14 year olds in England. Prior to joining QCA she was Lecturer in Curriculum and Assessment, Institute of Education, University of London (1994 – 1999) and was Research Officer at ULEAC/ULSEB (1989-94). In 2000, she was appointed to a Chair at Queen’s University, Belfast. She has been a Visiting Scholar at two universities (Bristol, QUT Australia), was recognised as a Fellow of the Association for Educational Assessment-Europe and was Vice President of that Association from 2004-2006.

Jannette is an executive editor of the journal Assessment in Education, is Chair of Assessment and Qualification Alliance’s Research Committee and has recently been appointed to the Ofqual’s Standards Advisory Group.   She was Co-Director , with Jo-Anne Baird, of the Centre Research Study (CReSt) 14-19, a research study of the impact of 14-19 educational reforms on schools and colleges (funded by QCDA).

Professor Elwood’s work in association with OUCEA will seek to complement the already excellent work of the centre with her focus on the impact of assessment policy and practice on children and young people. Such a focus will bring a new dimension to the work of the centre as well as contribute to the developing research area within the centre of critical analyses of assessment policy reforms and these are enacted in real contexts. Professor Elwood will work within the centre on dissemination of research, support for doctoral students and promoting the work of the centre internationally.


  • Honorary Research Fellow

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