Katie joined Qa as Research Manager (Field) in 2022, with a dual role specialising in managing education projects, as well as quantitative fieldwork.
Katie completed her BA degree in 2016 and since then worked in various student support and recruitment roles within higher education.
Previously, Katie’s experience working within higher education roles included student support, student recruitment and academic partnership work, establishing and maintaining relationships with new and existing partnerships (both UK and overseas). This experience allowed her to gain knowledge of motivating and supporting students in an education setting.
Since joining Qa, Katie has taken over the management of a team of Student Assessors, university students from across the UK, recruited from education and psychology-based degrees to assist in completing education and classroom assessments.
Previous education projects have included leading Qa’s completion of the YARC (York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension) evaluation, in partnership with What Work’s for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) and The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) for the Catch Up Literacy Intervention. Catch Up Literacy is a pilot study, working with children currently living in foster care, to evaluate the process of conducting reading assessments online.
Also, managing the Opportunity North East Transitions Program, developed by The Policy Institute at King’s College London and commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2020. Two classroom assessment methods have been developed to assess the effectiveness of the DfE’s four Opportunity North East Programs.
At Qa, Katie works in partnership with numerous clients who require fieldwork support on their projects. These clients include universities, local authorities, government agencies, charities, and research consultants.