Dr. Emma Vardy

Emma Vardy received her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology from Coventry University in 2008 and her PhD from the University of Worcester in 2014. Emma is also a qualified Prince2 practitioner. She has worked as a Research Assistant and Hourly Paid Lecturer at Coventry University and a Widening Participation Researcher at the University of Hertfordshire before joining the Research Centre in 2013 as a Research Associate. She is a Chartered Psychologist and the Chair of the British Psychological Society West Midlands Branch. Her research interests are in the area of psychology of education with a specific interest in children’s literacy. 

  • Evidence-based education workshops. To devise a suite of twilight evidence-informed practice sessions for teachers to attend.
  • Evaluation of Chatterbooks. An evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of Chatterbooks in a primary school setting.
  • Evaluating the Impact of Extra Curricular Reading Group Approaches to Improving Reding for Pleasure in Year 7 pupils. An 18 month project evaluating and extending the Reading Agency's Chatterbooks reading groups as a mechanism for raising reading achievement in underachieving secondary school pupils.
Coventry University ranked 15 in the UK
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
Coventry City of Culture 2021