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Dr Nick Saville
Since 2003 Nick has been the Director Research and Validation and a member of the Cambridge English senior management team. Nick is the elected Manager of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) and has close involvement with other European initiatives, such as the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and related ‘toolkit’. Nick holds a PhD from the University of Bedfordshire in language test impact, as well as a BA in Linguistics and an MA in TEFL from the University of Reading. Before moving to Cambridge in 1989, he worked at the University of Cagliari (Facolta' di Magistero) in Italy from 1980 to 1986 teaching English, and has specialised in language testing and assessment since 1987. Initially he managed a test development project for Cambridge in Japan based at the British Council, Tokyo (1987-1989). He is a member of the University's interdisciplinary team responsible for coordinating the English Profile Programme that includes the development and analysis of learner corpora, is on the Board of the Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA), and a member of the Executive Committee of the University’s Language Sciences Initiative. His current research interests include: the development of models for investigating test impact; the implementation of quality management systems (QMS) in test development and validation; the uses of language assessment for migration and citizenship purposes; and Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA). Nick presents regularly at international conferences and has published widely on issues related to language assessment. He was a founding associate editor and is now on the editorial board of Language Assessment Quarterly; is joint-series editor of the Studies in Language Testing series with Professor Cyril Weir and founding editor of the English Profile Studies series with Dr Michael Milanovic (both with Cambridge University Press). He serves on the Board of Trustees of The International Research Foundation (TIRF).
Dr Ardeshir Geranpayeh
Head of Automated Assessment and Learning
Ardeshir holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh on the comparability of language proficiency testing. He has over 26 years’ experience of test validation and has contributed to the design, development, validation, revision and evaluation of several internationally recognised language proficiency tests. He also has a strong background in computing and information technology. Ardeshir has run several workshops on Basic statistics, Item Response Theory, Test Equating, Structural Equation Modelling, Differentiating Item Functioning, Test of Listening and Test Security, discussing various aspects of Practices, Policies, Consequences and technical advancements in these areas. He is a regular presenter and workshop leader in several international conferences such as; National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), Association of Test Publishers (ATP), Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE), Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Language Testing Forum (LTF), and International Test Commission (ITC) and has published extensively on language proficiency testing and cheating detection. His current interests include: the use of Digital Technology in Adaptive Learning and Assessment, Automated Assessment of Writing and Speaking and Test Fraud Detection. Recent publications include Examining Listening: Research and Practice in Assessing Second Language Listening (2013) and Detecting Plagiarism and Cheating (2014).
Kevin is a psychologist with research specialisms in measurement, personality and academic writing. He is currently involved in operational and research activities related to university admissions tests, capitalising on his interests in higher education pedagogy and assessment. Prior to joining the group, Kevin lectured in Social Psychology and Research Methods at Loughborough University, Birmingham City University and University of Derby. His doctoral research developed a psychometric model of authorial identity, a psychological construct used to reduce plagiarism in university contexts. Kevin’s current research interests include the role of testing in healthcare study and the use of non-cognitive tests in admissions contexts.
Maggie Dunlop conducts research on learner-oriented language assessment, including integration of assessment and instruction and digital learning. She also specializes in educational program evaluation. Before joining Cambridge, Maggie worked and published on language assessment and learning projects for children, internationally educated professionals, immigrants, university students and indigenous communities, and taught English as a Foreign Language. She has worked in China, Japan, the Philippines, Mozambique, the USA and Canada. Maggie holds an MA in International Education from the George Washington University, DC, USA and is a PhD candidate in Language and Literacies Education at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Evelina has a background in Applied Linguistics and holds an MA and EdD degrees from Columbia University (USA. She has extensive experience as an ESOL teacher, teacher trainer and program administrator and has taught and delivered training courses on language assessment in North America, Asia and Europe. Within Cambridge English Evelina is Principal Research Manager and leads on research on speaking assessment. Her other responsibilities include Learning Oriented Assessment and its implementation in practice, and the assessment of teaching competence. She also works on projects which involve benchmarking against the CEFR, including large-scale projects with Ministries of Education. She is Managing editor of the Studies in Language Testing series.
Evelina regularly presents at international conferences and has published in assessment journals and academic volumes, including publications in Language Assessment Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, and Examining Speaking (CUP). She is a member of the Language Assessment Quarterly Editorial Advisory Board and is a coordinating committee member of the BAAL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group.
Gad Lim is Principal Research Manager, leading research on the assessment of writing and speaking and on IELTS. His research work is informed by many years of experience as an examiner, item writer, test designer, and test development manager. He has also taught in higher education and trained language teachers and testers in Asia, North America, and Europe. Gad reviews for all major language testing journals, and has published articles and chapters on language teaching, performance testing, raters and rating scales, test validation, standard setting, and on the CEFR. His PhD is from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Jane holds a degree in Linguistics from York University, an MA in Linguistics and TESOL from Leicester University, and an MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University. Her current responsibilities involve working with three ALTE members on the statistical analysis of their tests and on improving quality assurance procedures. Before joining Research and Validation, Jane worked in Japan, South East Asia, Turkey and the Middle East as a teacher, trainer and manager in state schools and higher education. Her interests lie in change management, and institutional culture and the validation of tests at national level, and research projects which involve national organisations, ministries or institutions involved in large scale testing.
Mariangela holds an MA in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Salento, Italy, where she studied English, Spanish and French. Prior to joining our organisation, Mariangela worked as an administrative assistant for a company in her hometown. She also worked in the public library of her hometown, where she organised English courses, cultural events and coordinated library activities across the Puglia region. Mariangela’s current role involves supporting the work of the ALTE Secretariat by coordinating ALTE’s programme of meetings, courses and conferences, as well as providing administrative assistance to the Research and Validation group.
Sarah holds a PhD in Cognitive Development from Queen’s University Belfast. She is involved in a range of operational research and validation activities related to university admissions tests such as the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT), and the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). Prior to joining the group, Sarah worked as a post-doctoral researcher in psychology at Oxford University, where her research focused on the development of tests of verbal and spatial reasoning for children. Her current research interests include the role of admissions tests in identifying students’ potential, widening participation at university, the predictive validity of admissions tests, and the assessment of young learners.
Ella has eight years’ experience in administration and office management within the education sector. Before joining our organisation, she worked in an independent primary school in Cambridge as School Administrator, this role involved all non-curriculum related matters including HR, finance, parent liaison and event coordination. Ella is responsible for providing PA support to the Director of Research and Validation, coordinating administrative support for the Research and Validation group and administering the department budget. She is also the Risk Assessor and Health and Safety Inspector for the team.
Angeliki holds a PhD in English and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. She has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher on English language processing at Cambridge where she developed a strong background in quantitative research. As Principal Research Manager, Angeliki coordinates a team of Research managers with responsibilities for the delivery of bespoke projects (e.g. benchmarking) for governmental and corporate sectors worldwide. She leads on CEFR-related issues, the English Profile Programme, second language learning and its interface with assessment. Her research interests currently include bilingualism, learner corpus analysis and test impact. Several pieces of Angeliki’s work in the above fields have been published.
John holds an MA in English Literature and History from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University. Before joining our organisation, he worked as a freelance proofreader. In his current role he supports editors and authors with the project schedules, copy-editing, proofreading and production of various publications, such as the Studies in Language Testing series, English Profile Studies and Research Notes. He also provides editorial support for project related reports.
Ivana holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Cambridge. Previously, she worked as an EFL teacher overseas where she taught adult learners. Her role involves providing research support to Cambridge English: ESOL Skills for Life examinations. She has run courses on assessment of reading comprehension and English for Specific Purposes (ESP). She has presented at international conferences and has published in the areas of language assessment and second language acquisition. Her current research interests include assessment of ESP and reading comprehension, learner corpus analysis and impact of the English language examinations on various stakeholders.
Carrie holds a BA (Hons) in Business and Tourism Management from the University of Wolverhampton. Prior to joining our organisation, she worked in a PR and advertising agency. Since joining Cambridge Assessment in 2000, she has gained extensive experience of working in assessment. Carrie is jointly responsible for providing PA support to the Head of Automated Assessment and Learning, and support for research publications, staff conferences and seminars, and the Cambridge English staff induction and training programme. She is also the Cambridge English librarian and she provides support for the Research and Validation department as part of the administration team.
Jing received his PhD in Applied Linguistics and Technology from Iowa State University (ISU). His research interests include automated language assessment, validity theory, and computer-assisted language learning (CALL). As a Senior Research Manager, he is currently involved in research projects related to automated speaking assessment, digital language learning, and assessment literacy. Before joining Cambridge English, Jing worked as an assistant coordinator for the Oral English Certification Test (OECT) at ISU, a research intern at Educational Testing Service, and an English language instructor. Jing has published in refereed journals such as Language Testing and CALICO, authored two book chapters on CALL, and co-edited a volume on diagnostic language assessment.