Kathy is a freelance researcher and research consultant and has previously worked in research posts for local authorities, an independent educational research organisation and a Russell Group university. Her research experience and expertise covers both quantitative (e.g., surveys) and qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups, textual analyses) methods and she has conducted social and educational research for a wide range of clients including schools, universities, health services, local authorities and community groups.

Kathy has particular expertise in analysing both the ‘tick box’ and free text responses to survey questions and has taught an undergraduate student module on survey design and analysis. She also has considerable experience of designing, conducting and analysing qualitative research including focus groups, interviews, observational studies and the analysis of texts such as diaries, blogs and social media postings. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Research Methods and a PhD from the University of Nottingham’s School of Education which involved the design and conduct of a mixed methods research project.