The Researcher

Julie Bailey BA(Hons) MA MEd PGCE MBPsS                                        

Julie is an experienced teacher, educator, academic mentor and researcher based in Cambridge. She gained a BA in Geography at the University of Cambridge before completing a PGCE at Oxford University. Following a career as a teacher and leader in secondary schools, Julie returned to studying, and to Newnham College, to compete a MEd in Psychology and Education. Her current doctoral research supports inclusion for autistic students by better understanding their educational experience.

The current project focuses on exploring the way that autistic students engage with difference learning activities, both in-person and online. She is developing a new self-report measure of engagement with specific learning activities that will allow us to compare the experience of learning and the level of successful engagement with learning between different types of learning activity and different contexts.

Julie’s doctoral research project builds on her MEd study in which she developed behavioural measures to explore differences in attention, reasoning and discomfort associated with autism in a scientific reasoning task.

Alongside her research, Julie is a specialist learning mentor for the University of Cambridge and supervises undergraduates studying education. She is also a school governor, working with The Morris Education Trust on the design of The Cavendish School, opening in September 2021 to provide specialist provision for children with autism.  Julie is qualified teacher and member of the British Psychological Society.

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