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Dr Rhian Barrance

Dr Rhian Barrance

Research Associate, WISERD

School of Social Sciences

+44 (029) 20688723
46,Park Place
Welsh speaking

I am a Research Associate at the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD). I am currently working on WISERD Education research project, which is a large-scale longitudinal cohort study which has been surveying pupils across Wales on aspects of their lives and education over the last seven years. During my time at Cardiff I have completed two projects for the Children's Commissioner for Wales, including an evidence review on the human rights of children in Wales.  

Prior to joining WISERD, I completed my PhD in Education at the Centre for Children's Rights, Queen's University Belfast. This was a mixed-methods project which used a children's rights approach to identify students' views and experiences of GCSEs and their reform in Northern Ireland and Wales. While completing my doctorate I worked as a Research Fellow on a University of Oxford and Queen's University Belfast project investigating the predictability of Leaving Certificate examinations in the Republic of Ireland.

My research interests include assessment and qualifications, education policy, children's rights and equity in education.

Additional advisory roles: 

  • Member of Qualifications Wales's Research Advisory Group
  • Advisor to Plan International on Girls' Rights in the UK
  • Trustee of Play Wales

Education and qualifications

2012-2016: PhD Education, Centre for Children's Rights, Queen's University Belfast

2010-2011: PGCE Secondary English, Cardiff Metropolitan University

2008-2009: MA Medieval British Studies, Cardiff University

2005-2008: BA English Language and Literature, University of Oxford