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.
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