Professor Richard Daugherty

Professor

School of Social Sciences

Richard Daugherty has been an Honorary Professor in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences since 2006.   His early career publications were in geography education including, for example, Geography into the Twenty-First Century (Wiley 1996) co-edited with Eleanor Rawling. 

The main focus of Richard' s publications in recent years has been on education policy, especially policies on the school curriculum and on student assessment. With Gareth Rees and Robert Phillips he co-edited Education Policy-making in Wales (University of Wales Press 2000) and in 2007 he edited a special issue of the Welsh Journal of Education on education policy in Wales since devolution.    

Journal articles on education policy in Wales have included research on policy-making in the late 1980s (British Journal of Educational Studies, 2003) and reflections on evidence-informed policy in the post-devolution era (Cambridge Journal of Education 2008). He has also discussed the Assessment Reform Group' s experience of the interface between academic research and education policy (Research Papers in Education 2007).

In 2007 he led a seminar series on $acirc; Assessment of Significant Learning Outcomes$acirc; (2007) funded by the ESRC$acirc; s Teaching and Learning Research Programme.

Richard Daugherty was appointed Honorary Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University in 2006.   

After a first degree in geography at the University of Oxford and a Diploma in Education, he taught geography at Manchester Grammar School. He was then Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at Swansea University and Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies before becoming Professor of Education and Head of the Education Department at Aberystwyth University. Richard was also Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Aberystwyth where he is now Emeritus Professor. 

In October 2010 he was appointed Director, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA).

Professional memberships

Richard Daugherty is a member of the British Educational Research Association and of the Geographical Association, of which he was President in 1989/90.   He has had several advisory roles to government in Wales including chairing the Curriculum Council for Wales (1991-93), chairing the Daugherty Assessment Review Group (2003-04) and carrying out a policy audit (2007).

Richard was elected a member of the Academy for the Social Sciences in 2002 and was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2005. He currently chairs the Wales Development Network of the Duke of Edinburgh' s Award.

Since 1992 Richard has been a member of the Assessment Reform Group, a group that has brought research evidence to bear on assessment policy developments across the UK and has published collaboratively, for example Assessment for Learning: 10 Principles (2002).

Richard is a member of the editorial board of The Curriculum Journal and of the editorial committee of The Welsh Journal of Education.    He has reviewed research proposals for the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust and articles submitted for publication to several journals, including Assessment in Education.

Richard Daugherty is a member of the British Educational Research Association and of the Geographical Association, of which he was President in 1989/90.   He has had several advisory roles to government in Wales including chairing the Curriculum Council for Wales (1991-93), chairing the Daugherty Assessment Review Group (2003-04) and carrying out a policy audit (2007).

Speaking engagements

In the past four years Richard has been invited to give presentations at a number of conferences in the UK and elsewhere, including Portland (Oregon), Oita (Japan) and Hong Kong and Queenstown (New Zealand).

His interest in assessment research dates back to experience as a chief examiner at GCE A level in the 1970s, research on the GCSE exam in the 1980s and involvement in national policies as a council member of the School Examinations and Assessment Council from 1988 to 1991. 

He co-directed the official evaluation of the first three years of Key Stage 2 testing in England and Wales and published National Curriculum Assessment: a review of policy (Falmer) in 1996. He also co-directed the Wales Curriculum Review project (1997-99).

Research interests

  • Assessment and evaluation systems
  • Education policy
  • Devolution and education