Personal profile


I joined the School of Education and Professional Development in February 2016 to work on a three-year national research project on initial teacher education for vocational science, engineering and technology teachers working in colleges. The project is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. I also work one day a week for the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (Chemistry Department) at the University of York evaluating the "Children Challenging Industry" schools programme.

Previously I worked at the Institute for Effective Education, University of York where I was involved in evaluations of science, maths and literacy interventions at both primary and secondary school level. Many of these took the form of randomised controlled trials. Before that, I worked at the University of Southampton where I focused on research into science education, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. I was also responsible for course evaluation and market research for the Science Learning Centre South East. Before working in universities, I was involved in market, social and media research in a variety of organisations including the Independent Television Commission, the British Board of Film Classification and the Co-operative Wholesale Society. I also worked as a journalist on Which? magazine.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Research in further education
  • Equality of access for all
  • Schools/industry outreach
  • The use of mixed methods in research

External positions

Researcher, University of York

1 Oct 2016 → …

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Research Output 2014 2017

Good Practical Science: Appendix 1 - Rapid Evidence Review

Cukurova, M., Hanley, P. & Lewis, A. 25 Sep 2017 The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. 44 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
gray literature
2 Citations

Teaching Mindfulness to Teachers: a Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis

Emerson, L., Leyland, A., Hudson, K., Rowse, G., Hanley, P. & Hugh-jones, S. Oct 2017 In : Mindfulness. 8, 5, p. 1136-1149 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
4 Citations

Reassessing RCTs as the ‘gold standard’: synergy not separatism in evaluation designs

Hanley, P., Chambers, B. & Haslam, J. 2 Feb 2016 In : International Journal of Research and Method in Education. 39, 3, p. 287-298 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
gold standard
development of science
22 Citations

Experimental evaluations of elementary science programs: A best-evidence synthesis

Slavin, R. E., Lake, C., Hanley, P. & Thurston, A. Sep 2014 In : Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 51, 7, p. 870-901 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cooperative learning
2 Citations

Success for All in England: Results From the Third Year of a National Evaluation

Tracey, L., Chambers, B., Slavin, R. E., Hanley, P. & Cheung, A. 12 Aug 2014 In : SAGE Open. 4, 3, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Oral presentation

Enhancing Pedagogy in the Teaching of Vocational Science, Engineering and Technology

Orr, K. (Speaker), Thompson, R. (Speaker), Hanley, P. (Speaker), Hepworth, J. (Speaker)
25 Aug 2017

Activity: Oral presentation