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Research Profile

Prof Richard Daugherty 

Career Profile

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).

Awards and Prizes

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). 

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 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.


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).