Researcher (Graduate Programme)
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Jennifer joined NFER as a graduate researcher in October 2016 and is currently working in the Centre for Statistics. She is involved in a number of projects from working with the Impact team to statistically analyse the effectiveness of the current grammar school system, to calculating weights to ensure the representativeness of participants in the NFER’s Teacher Voice survey.
Jennifer has a 1st class BA (Hons) in Educational Studies from the University of York. Her dissertation involved quantitative analysis of the Longitudinal Study of Young People in Education (LSYPE), used to measure the association between socioeconomic status and educational achievement in England. During her time at university, Jennifer gained a variety of teaching experience including at an orphanage in Uganda. Before joining NFER, she spent one year working at a boarding school where she was responsible for pastoral care and extra-curricular activities.
Q+A with Jennifer on the NFER Educational Research Graduate Scheme...
- Why did you choose to join the NFER Graduate scheme?
I chose to join the NFER graduate scheme because I have a keen interest in both education and research. I strongly believe in the importance of education, so the prospect of contributing towards an excellent education for all learners appealed to me greatly. Furthermore, I was attracted by the opportunity to increase my understanding of the research process and develop the quantitative skills I developed during my degree.
- What have you worked on so far?
I am currently working in the Centre for Statistics. So far, I have carried out descriptive analysis, regression analysis and data matching on a number of projects. Furthermore, I have calculated weights to ensure the representativeness of participants in the NFER’s Teacher Voice survey. Meanwhile, my graduate project has allowed me to undergo the process of designing a research study in an area of particular interest to me.
- What have you enjoyed working on most so far?
I have most enjoyed the opportunity to apply the new statistical and analytical skills I have learnt to real life projects. In particular I have enjoyed working with the Impact team on a project which analyses the effectiveness of the current grammar school system. It was great to follow a project through from start to end and learn many new skills along the way.
- What would you say to someone considering applying to the NFER Graduate Programme? (Who would it be most suitable for?)
I would highly recommend applying for the NFER Graduate Scheme, as it provides an excellent opportunity to increase your knowledge of education whilst developing a broad range of skills in a variety of areas. I believe the ideal candidate would have an understanding of statistics, experience of quantitative research and an interest in education.