Claire M Oakley

Graduate Laboratory Assistant
Department of Psychology
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Psychology
 Claire M Oakley


Ask me about
  • Educational achievement gaps
  • Longitudinal, secondary data analysis
  • Adolescent development
  • Intersectionality
  • R / R Studio


PhD researcher working with large secondary datasets, examining educational achievement trajectories from mid-primary to mid-secondary school to understand when pupils diverge from expected progress and how individual and socioeconomic factors may contribute to achievement against potential. In particular, investigating whether the changes associated with adolescent development contribute to educational outcomes. Previously an experienced IT Manager, Programme / Project Manager and IT Consultant within various industry sectors, much in Financial Services.


  • MSc Psychology University of Essex (2019)

  • MSc Software Engineering with Applications Aston University (1994)

  • BSc Mathematical Sciences University of Leicester (1993)

Research and professional activities


Longitudinal, secondary data analysis of academic achievement. Does differential adolescent development contribute to educational achievement gaps and underachievement?

Supervisor: Professor Gijsbert Stoet; , Professor Reinhard Pekrun



Colchester Campus