Amanda has lead Advance HE’s research team since November 2017 and over the course of the last three years has helped establish team’s unique position as qualified researchers working within the realms of higher education and equality, diversity and inclusion. Under her management, the team has been awarded several large high-profile grants including two extensive evidence reviews for UK Research and Innovation, assessing the key challenges for equality, diversity and inclusion, and identifying what types of interventions are more effective, both in the UK and internationally.
Amanda’s expertise lies in quantitative methods, including conducting nationally representative surveys, designing and implementing impact evaluations for social programmes, analysing national datasets to extract trends over time and using longitudinal datasets to depict developmental changes. Her current work includes developing a toolkit for European institutions to use in evaluations of their gender equality plans, a project commissioned by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 scheme.
Amanda completed a PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 2016, focusing on how children’s socioeconomic background interacts with their cognitive and social development. While completing her degree, she worked at the Faculty of Education (University of Cambridge) on a project exploring the social and academic impact of an after school chess club for children from socially disadvantaged primary schools.