Staff Profiles

Dr Carol Brown

DPhil (Oxon), MSc Social Studies (Oxon), BSc (Hons) Psychology (Lond), DipSW, QTS

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education

School of Education

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carol Brown

Phone number: 01865 488576


Location: A1.06

Carol Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education. She completed her DPhil in the Department of Education, University of Oxford. This examined the factors that motivate A-level students to achieve with a particular focus on the role played by expectations and values and how these link to the identity of students. It also examined the outcomes of students based on their socio-economic status, gender and ethnicity. It used cognitive and developmental pathways to explain individual differences in educational achievement at A-level, employing a mixed methods design, sampling 930 A-level students in Oxfordshire. Data was analysed using structural equation modelling amongst other methods.

Carol has been employed on a number of large scale research projects including an SSAT project on the under achievement of White Working Class boys, the predictability of Irish examinations, GCSE's as world class qualifications and an Ofqual project examining the impact of modular and linear GCSE's.

She also has an MSc Social Studies (Oxon) and a BSc Psychology (London) and is both a qualified social worker and teacher, having initially worked in mental health before a 15 year career as an A-level Psychology teacher in Oxfordshire. She also delivered CPD for Oxfordshire Psychology Teachers and has been a visiting lecturer on MSc and PGCE courses at the Institute of Education and the University of Oslo. Alongside this Carol has written several AS and undergraduate psychology textbooks and online psychology courses. She is an expert advisor to Ofqual, an external examiner for a PGCE Psychology course, safeguarding officer of a local youth trust and has previously been a primary school governor and chair of a preschool.