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Biography and research interests

I am a Professor of 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 first-authored research includes publications in leading applied statistics journals: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series AJournal of Educational and Behavioral StatisticsJournal of Educational MeasurementJournal of Statistical Software; and Psychological Methods; as well as substantive educational journals: British Educational Research Journal. 

My co-authored research includes publications in further applied statistics journals: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics; Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation; Statistics in Medicine; and Statistical Methods in Medical Research; and other top substantive journals: American Journal of EpidemiologyAmerican Sociological ReviewCriminologyDevelopmental PsychologyJournal of Management Studies.

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), University of Toronto

1 Jan 200131 Dec 2017


  • Multilevel modelling
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • School value-added models
  • School performance measures, league tables, accountability, choice, and improvement
  • Applications of social statistics in education


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