Skip to Content
Piloting Measures of Learning Gain



Project members

  • Neil Ward

    Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

    Profile: Neil Ward is Deputy Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor-Academic at the University of East Anglia (UEA). His research has been in the fields of British and European agriculture, rural and environmental policies. He began his career at University College London and has held chairs at the Universities of Newcastle and Leeds. He served as Director of Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy from 2004 to 2008. He spent a period seconded to the Prime Minister’s Performance and Innovation Unit in the Cabinet Office preparing for New Labour’s 2000 Rural White Paper and he worked for a year for the Economic and Social Research Council helping prepare for the UK Research Council’s Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) Programme. At UEA, he was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 2008 to 2013. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a co-opted member of HEFCE’s Quality, Assurance and Regulation Strategic Advisory Committee and a member of the Higher Education Academy’s PVC TEF Working Group.
  • Helena Gillespie

    Academic Director of Widening Participation

    Profile: Helena Gillespie is Senior Lecturer in Education and Academic Director for Widening Participation. After leaving UEA with a BA (Hons), PGCE and Masters in Education, she spent ten years teaching in Primary Schools before returning to Higher Education as a PGCE tutor, and gaining a PG Certificate in Higher Education Practice. Helena now teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the field of Learning Technology and Primary Education, as well as on the University’s professional development programme. As Academic Director, she contributes to UEA’s development of inclusive education as well as providing expertise in learning technology projects. Helena also chairs the University’s Information Services Education Board. Helena’s research interests are in student learning in higher education and technology enhanced learning. She also leads the University’s partnership with FutureLearn, the first UK based MOOC provider. She is a regular contributor to the debate about learning technology in higher education in general and MOOCs in particular. In 2015, Helena received grants from the HEA and HEFCE to research the metrics of learning and teaching in Higher Education.
  • Fabio R. Aricò

    Senior Lecturer in Economics

    Profile: Dr Fabio Aricò is a Senior Lecturer in Macroeconomics. He studied at the University of Pavia (Italy) and at the University of Warwick, where he was awarded his MSc and PhD in Economics. Prior to joining UEA, Fabio worked at the University of Warwick, Vanderbilt University (US), and at the University of St Andrews. Fabio is a labour economist, and his current research interests are focused on Higher Education policy and practice. His work investigates widening access and outreach policies, student self-efficacy and self-assessment, learning analytics, and technology-enhanced learning. Fabio is a multiple teaching award winner. He received funds from the HEA to develop projects on student self-efficacy, and on student’s sense of belonging.
  • Simon Lancaster

    Professor of Chemistry

    Profile: Simon is a Professor of Chemistry Education. As President of the Education Division Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry he has an interest in policy at every level of our education system. A enthusiastic advocate for active learning, he practices student-coauthored peer instruction in the lecture theatre facilitated by Turning Technologies clickers and apps for whom he is an International Distinguished Educator. His influence upon his discipline and well beyond has been recognised by a National Teaching Fellowship (2013). He is a trustee for Learning on Screen. His interest in learning gain stems from a desire to quantify the impact of teaching initiatives and provide compelling evidence to promote effective practices.
  • Annamari Ylonen

    Senior Research Associate/Associate Tutor

    Profile: Annamari Ylonen (PhD, London School of Economics) joined UEA in January 2016 as a Senior Research Associate for the Piloting Measures of Learning Gain project. Before taking up her role at UEA, Annamari was the lead evaluation officer of a large-scale Lesson Study mathematics project at the London Borough of Camden. She has previously worked as Research Associate at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, where she also was a visiting researcher, and as a Research Fellow at the Universities of Exeter and Greenwich. Annamari’s research interests include social justice as applied to education policy and practice, higher education, market-oriented education reforms in Finland and globally, Lesson Study and teacher professional development.
  • Caroline Sauverin

    Head of Learning and Teaching