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Research interests

Biography and research interests

I am a Reader in Social Statistics and Co-Director of the Centre for Multilevel Modelling (CMM) at the School of Education, University of Bristol, UK.

My methodological interests are in the development, application and dissemination of multilevel and related models to analyse educational and other data. My substantive interests focus on design, analysis, and communication issues surrounding school performance measures and league tables, especially the use of value-added models for estimating school effects on student achievement for accountability and choice purposes.

I was awarded the Frances Wood Medal in the Royal Statistical Society's 2017 honours for my contributions to Social Statistics over the past 10 years, especially my school league table research.

I am currently principal investigator on an ESRC standard grant on new school league table research and am a co-investigator on an MRC grant and on a Swedish Research Council grant. Previously, I held an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant and have been a co-investigator on four other substantial ESRC grants.

My research has been published in various international journals, including: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series AJournal of Educational and Behavioral StatisticsJournal of Educational Measurement; and Journal of Statistical Software.

I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A.

I have taught over 50 multilevel modelling short courses across UK, Europe, Australia and US.

Research grants

I have been grant funded 40% of my time over the ten year period 2010/11 through 2019/20. My grants as Principal Investigator sum to £650,000 while my grants as Co-Investigator sum to over £5 million.

Current grants

Past grants

External positions

Associate Professor (Status only), Graduate Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto

1 Jan 200131 Dec 2017

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  • Modelling within-individual variation in repeated continuous exposures

    Tilling, K. M., Heron, J. E., Goldstein, H., Muniz-Terrera, G., Howe, L. D., Macdonald-Wallis, C. M. & Leckie, G. B.


    Project: Research

    Research Output

    Analysing inter-provincial urban migration flows in China: A new multilevel gravity model approach: A new multilevel gravity model approach

    Zhang, N., Wang, W., Harris, R. & Leckie, G., Mar 2020, In : Migration Studies. 8, 1, p. 19–42 24 p., mny026.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Estimating reliability statistics and measurement error variances using instrumental variables with longitudinal data

    Goldstein, H., Leckie, G., Haynes, M. & Tran, P., 10 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Prizes

    Royal Statistical Society Wood Medal

    Leckie, George B (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Educational Effectiveness EARLI SIG meeting

    George Leckie (Speaker)

    Aug 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    HEFCE (External organisation)

    George Leckie (Advisor)

    12 Apr 2016

    Activity: Membership typesAdvisory work for/on national or international committee or working group

    External PhD Examiner, University of Toronto

    George Leckie (Examiner)

    15 Jun 2016

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    Supervised Work

    Analysis of longitudinal jaw growth data to study sex differences in timing and intensity of the adolescent growth spurt for normal growth and skeletal discrepancies

    Author: Sandhu, S. S., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Leckie, G. (Supervisor), Tilling, K. (Supervisor) & Hughes, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    A Study of Interprovincial Migration in China Using Extended Gravity Models

    Author: Zhang, N., 19 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Leckie, G. (Supervisor), Wang, W. (Supervisor) & Harris, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms

    Author: Kwong, A. S. F., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Manley, D. (Supervisor), Timpson, N. J. (Supervisor) & Leckie, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)