Dr Karen Skilling is a mathematics educator and researcher at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.
Her research interests include: student engagement and motivation in mathematics; teacher beliefs and practices for promoting student engagement; mathematics instruction across primary through to secondary years; integrated STEM learning, STEM project based activities; and vignette methods
Karen is a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London.
Gillian is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Education working with Professor of Psychology and Education, Charles Hulme.
Recent projects include an EEF-funded randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) in 200 primary schools across the UK. Watch a video of an intervention session in action on the recent trial here.
She is currently working on the development and evaluation via RCT of an early language enrichment programme for children in nursery and the development and standardisation of the LanguageScreen app, which assesses a range of language skills in young children.
Gillian completed her PhD at UCL under the supervision of Professors Charles Hulme and David Shanks. Her research combined an interest in both memory and language, investigating the relationship between procedural and declarative memory processes and language-related attainment in children.
Xin (许心) is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Higher Education, Department of Education, and a Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
She has strong research interests in the internationalisation and globalisation of higher education and academic research.
Xin completed her DPhil in Education at the department as a Clarendon Scholar. Her doctoral research investigated the internationalisation and evaluation of humanities and social sciences research, with a focus on the influences of incentives for international publications in Chinese higher education. The thesis won the 2020 Emerald/HETL Outstanding Doctoral Research Award and the CIES 2020 Globalization & Education SIG Dissertation Award.
Previously, she completed a BA in English Language and Literature at Tsinghua University (First-Class Honours, one-year exchange at Heidelberg University), and received her MA degree in Higher Education at Peking University (Distinction).