Department of Education

Michelle Meadows

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Michelle Meadows is Executive Director of Strategy, Risk and Research at Ofqual.

She is responsible for research that supports the development of high stakes assessment; successful delivery of reliable and valid public examinations; qualification design that stimulates high quality teaching and learning; and setting and maintaining examination standards. She is also responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of standards over time and between awarding organisations.

Michelle has a PhD in psychology from the University of Manchester and is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Department for Education at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include quality of marking and she has conducted a range of research in this area, for example, exploring the impact of examiner characteristics such as teaching experience on marking reliability; examiner job satisfaction; and varying conceptualisations of ‘true mark’. She has also researched the wash back effects of qualification design on teaching and learning, for example, the impact of the introduction of additional stretch and challenge at A-level on teacher and learner behaviour. Michelle has published work in academic books and journals, and has presented at national and international conferences.

Prior to May 2014 Michelle was Director of AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice and was a member of AQA’s Executive Board, responsible for ensuring that AQA’s strategy, products and policies were grounded in a robust research evidence base.

Michelle will be collaborating with colleagues from OUCEA on research responding to the changing qualifications policy environment, in particular with regard to changes to GCSEs and A levels.

Research interests
  • Assessment reliability and validity
  • Qualification design
  • Education policy
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