PhD student, University of Oxford

Rachel Taylor is a part-time PhD student at the University of Oxford, where she is studying under the supervision of Professor Steve Strand and Professor Jo-Anne Baird at the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment.

Alongside studying, she is also employed as a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Education Research and Practice (CERP) at AQA, one of the UK awarding bodies. Before joining AQA, Rachel studied for her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield and her Masters degree in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Manchester.

Rachel's research interests lie in the field of educational assessment. Her PhD is exploring the issues surrounding early entry to GCSE examinations, particularly in Mathematics, and the implications of this for the maintenance of examination standards.

Throughout her employment, she has also been involved in a number of projects in the field of education and assessment and has recently published a paper exploring students' subject choices in post compulsory education.


  • –present
    PhD student, University of Oxford
  • 2012–present
    Senior Research Associate, AQA
  • 2009–2012
    Research Associate, AQA
  • 2006–2009
    Research Assistant, AQA


  • 2005 
    University of Manchester, MRes/Psychology
  • 2003 
    University of Sheffield, BSc/Psychology


  • 2014
    Using the theory of planned behaviour to understand students’ subject choices in post-compulsory education, Research Papers in Education
  • 2011
    Online or face-to-face? An experimental study of examiner training, British Journal of Educational Technology