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  • Vilma Agalioti-Sgompou Data Manager
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    Vilma Agalioti-Sgompou
    Vilma Agalioti-Sgompou
    Data Manager
    Room number:
    109
    Tel:
    02079115311
    Email:
    v.agalioti-sgompou@ucl.ac.uk

    Vilma's expertise is in survey design and she is interested in data testing and management. She is an enthusiast of R. She is also currently pursuing a PhD in Survey Methodology. Before joining the CLS, Vilma worked for the ISER at the University of Essex and for NatCen Social Research.

  • George Andrew Cohort Maintenance Officer
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    George Andrew
    George Andrew
    Cohort Maintenance Officer
    Room number:
    201
    Tel:
    020 7612 6857
    Email:
    g.andrew@ucl.ac.uk

    George Andrew joined CLS in 2001. He works as part of the specialist CLS Tracing and Operations Team responsible for maintaining the address information that is essential for maximizing responses to surveys of the CLS cohorts.

    His responsibilities include tracing NCDS cohort study members who have moved, using a variety of specialist and publicly available sources of information.

  • Tony Ball Database Manager
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    Tony Ball
    Database Manager
    Room number:
    204
    Tel:
    0207 911 5326
    Email:
    t.ball@ucl.ac.uk

    Tony joined CLS as Database Manager in October 2013.  He is responsible for creating and documenting an address database and user interface for the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England. He also works to maintain and develop address databases for the Millennium Cohort Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study and the 1958 National Child Development Study.

    Tony previously worked as IT Support Officer in the Institute of Education's IT Services.

  • David Bann Research Officer
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    David Bann
    David Bann
    Research Officer
    Room number:
    301
    Tel:
    020 7911 5426
    Email:
    david.bann@ucl.ac.uk

    David's research interests include socio-economic inequalities in health and function, and the causes and consequences of obesity and physical activity levels.

    David is a ‘life course’ and ‘social’ epidemiologist who uses longitudinal studies, particularly birth cohort studies. The ultimate aim of this work is to provide evidence which can be used to improve population health and its equity across life.

  • Jennie Blows Communications and Events Assistant
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    Jennie Blows
    Communications and Events Assistant
    Room number:
    107
    Tel:
    n/a
    Email:
    j.blows@ucl.ac.uk

    Jennie Blows is the Communications and Events Assistant for CLS and CLOSER. Her role includes web content management, social media management and assisting with the organisation of CLS and CLOSER events.

    Before joining the UCL Institute of Education, Jennie has worked for the University of Brighton as a Programme Administrator and as a Communications Assistant at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

    She graduated from Bournemouth University in 2012 with a BA (Hons) degree in Television Production.

  • Ryan Bradshaw Communications Officer
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    Ryan Bradshaw
    Communications Officer
    Room number:
    107
    Tel:
    0207 612 6516
    Email:
    r.bradshaw@ucl.ac.uk

    Ryan is Communications Officer for CLS and CLOSER. His role includes media relations, writing press releases, writing and editing publications such as research briefing papers and web-content, managing online media and organising events and training.

    Since graduating from King's College London in 2001, Ryan has enjoyed working in various journalism, publishing and communications roles for organisations such as IPC Media, Ten Alps and Wilmington Publishing.

    Before starting at the UCL Institute of Education, Ryan spent four years as a Communications Officer for the e-Learning and technology organisation, Jisc.

    During this period he also completed an MA in Film and Television Production at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
     

  • Denise Brown Cohort Studies Administrator
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    Denise Brown
    Cohort Studies Administrator
    Room number:
    202
    Tel:
    020 7612 6902
    Email:
    denise.brown@ucl.ac.uk

    Denise Brown is an Administrator and Database Administrator at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the Institute of Education, University of London. 

    Denise works on all three of the Cohort Studies based at CLS and co-manages the Access databases containing confidential records of contact information for up to fifty thousand individuals who are members of these studies.  Her responsibilities include database development and implementation, preparing data files for mailings to cohort members and overseeing all other aspects of mailings including the printing and preparation of materials, generating report of outgoing and return mail; and monitoring supplies, timetables and costs.

  • Matthew Brown Survey Manager (NCDS/BCS70)
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    Matthew Brown
    Survey Manager (NCDS/BCS70)
    Room number:
    102
    Tel:
    020 7911 5325
    Email:
    matt.brown@ucl.ac.uk

    Matt joined CLS as the survey manager for the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the British Cohort Study (BCS70) in June 2007. Matt's responsibilities include questionnaire development, fieldwork monitoring and liaison with survey contractors.

    Matt was previously employed as a Senior Research Executive at BMRB Social Research and was responsible for the day-to-day management of many projects including the Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey for the Scottish Executive.

    Matt has an MSc in Social Research Methods and a BA in Geography.

  • Robert Browne Database Manager
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    Robert Browne
    Robert Browne
    Database Manager
    Room number:
    204
    Tel:
    020 7911 5550
    Email:
    robert.browne@ucl.ac.uk

    Robert joined CLS as a database manager in July 2004. He has responsibility for the development and support of the Cohort Studies address databases and the associated survey data processing procedures, plus the development of the CLS Scanned Archive system.

    Robert has a BSc in Electronics and an MSC in Operational Research from the University of Warwick and started work as an analyst at Plessey Radar. He worked as senior programmer and manager for a startup company developing a commercial online information service, and then became an independent database developer working for (amongst others) the British Library of Political and Economic Science (at the LSE) and The National Archives at Kew.

  • Katherine Butler CLS Communications Manager
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    Katherine Butler
    CLS Communications Manager
    Room number:
    107
    Tel:
    020 7612 6530
    Email:
    k.butler@ucl.ac.uk
  • Anthony Buttaro Visiting Academic
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    Anthony Buttaro
    Visiting Academic
    Room number:
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    Tel:
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    Email:
    a.buttarojr@ucl.ac.uk

    Anthony Buttaro is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).  His areas of interest are early childhood, sociology of education, logic of inquiry and methodology with emphasis on the micro-macro link, causal analysis and advanced statistical modelling for longitudinal analysis.

    While at CLS, Anthony works with Prof. Heather Joshi on the Home Moves project - a comparative study of the US and UK, using Fragile Families and the Millennium Cohort Study to investigate childhood residential mobility.

  • John Bynner Emeritus Professor
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    John Bynner
    John Bynner
    Emeritus Professor
    Room number:
    301
    Tel:
    020 7612 6901
    Email:
    j.bynner@ucl.ac.uk

    John is currently an Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences in Education.  Prior to this, he was Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies from 1998-2003, leading the Centre’s work on the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

    Previous posts in the Institute of Education include Director of the Bedford Group for Lifecourse and Statistical Studies; Executive Director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, and first Director of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC).

    Prior to joining the Institute his posts included: Dean of the School of Education at the Open University; and Director of the Social Statistics Research Unit at City University. John was also national co-ordinator of the “ESRC 16-19 Initiative” (1985-1991), which included a comparative study of transition to work in England and Germany, funded by the Anglo-German Foundation.  He was a member of the ‘Moser Committee’ on Adult Basic Skills and of the Social Exclusion Unit Policy Action Team on Disaffected Youth. 

    Research interests include: basic skills, economic and political socialisation, social exclusion and comparative and longitudinal research.

  • Lisa Calderwood Principal Investigator of Next Steps and Senior Survey Manager
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    Lisa Calderwood (May 2012)
    Lisa Calderwood
    Principal Investigator of Next Steps and Senior Survey Manager
    Room number:
    102
    Tel:
    020 7911 5510
    Email:
    l.calderwood@ucl.ac.uk

    Lisa is Principal Investigator of Next Steps, formerly known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). Lisa is also the Senior Survey Manager for CLS, and is responsible for leading the survey management and cohort maintenance teams on the Millennium Cohort Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study and the 1958 British Cohort Study (National Child Development Study).

    Lisa has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of survey design and is able to offer consultancy in this area. Her research interests are in survey methodology, particularly in relation to longitudinal survey design and implementation. She has also recently sucessfully completed a PhD.

    Details of Lisa's research activities can be found on the Institute of Education website.

  • David Church Assistant Data Officer
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    David Church
    Assistant Data Officer
    Room number:
    G03
    Tel:
    020 7612 5357
    Email:
    utnvdch@ucl.ac.uk

    David is the new Assistant Data Officer, joining his colleagues Jon, Rachel, Maggie and Claude in the Data Team.

    He is an urban designer by background and training and is in the final stages of his PhD. Originally from Belfast, he moved back to the UK in 2004 after almost six years living and working in the Netherlands. During this time he studied urban planning and city design at UCL, Manchester and LSE and he has worked at Camden and Lambeth councils. His most recent role was as a GIS/spatial analyst.

  • Gabriella Conti Co-Investigator of NCDS
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    Gabriella Conti
    Co-Investigator of NCDS
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    Email:
    gabriella.conti@ucl.ac.uk

  • Peter Deane Cohort Maintenance Officer
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    Peter Deane
    Peter Deane
    Cohort Maintenance Officer
    Room number:
    201
    Tel:
    020 7612 6858
    Email:
    p.deane@ucl.ac.uk

    Peter Deane joined CLS in July 2001. He works as part of the specialist CLS Tracing and Operations Team responsible for maintaining the address information that is essential for maximizing responses to surveys of the CLS cohorts.

    His responsibilities include tracing Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) members who have moved, using a variety of specialist and publicly available sources of information.

  • Shirley Dex Emeritus Professor
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    Shirley Dex
    Shirley Dex
    Emeritus Professor
    Room number:
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    Tel:
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    Email:
    s.dex@ucl.ac.uk

    Shirley Dex is now Emeritus Professor of Longitudinal Social Research in Education.

    She joined the Institute of Education in 2002. Previously, she has held posts at the Judge Business School (University of Cambridge), the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) (University of Essex), and the Economics Department at the University of Keele. She also acted as an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Work and Family Life Programme from 1998 to 2004.

    She has published, authored and edited books on the Millennium Cohort Study, and papers on analyses of women’s employment using NCDS data.  She has also published many articles on flexible working, cross national comparisons of women’s employment, labour market behaviour, household employment, flexible working arrangements in organizations, equal opportunities, work and care, family policy and research methods. Much of her research work has involved the analyses of longitudinal data. She has successfully carried out research and consultancy for government departments, voluntary bodies, international agencies, EU commissions, equality commissions, the ESRC, charities, research foundations and a range of private UK organizations.

    Shirley is continuing to work at the Institute of Education in the Department for Education-funded Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre, as well as being involved in research in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, primarily on research methods. She is also on a government Taskforce, led by ONS, to devise measures of  subjective wellbeing for children and young people.

    Details of Shirley's publications can be found on the IoE website (link).

  • Brian Dodgeon Research Fellow
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    Brian Dodgeon
    Brian Dodgeon
    Research Fellow
    Room number:
    301
    Tel:
    0207 612 6877
    Email:
    b.dodgeon@ucl.ac.uk

    Brian joined CLS in 1990 as a Research Fellow within the ONS Longitudinal Study academic interface. In 2001 he moved to the Birth Cohort Studies User Support team, specialising in the NCDS and BCS70 cohorts.

    Brian has a degree in Pure Mathematics and post-graduate qualifications in Social Administration and Applied Social Studies from Bristol University.

    His research has focused on changing socio-economic indicators, protective factors against cognitive decline, social capital and educational qualifications, physical activity, alcohol use and urban/rural migration.

    Details of Brian's research activites and publications can be found on the IoE Website.

  • Sarah Dowie Communications Assistant
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    Sarah Dowie
    Communications Assistant
    Room number:
    107
    Tel:
    0207 612 6636
    Email:
    s.dowie@ucl.ac.uk

    As Communications Assistant, I am involved in managing the production of print materials, web content and social media management and assisting with the coordination of CLS's training workshops and webinars.

  • Sharon Etienne Programme Administrator
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    Sharon Etienne
    Programme Administrator
    Room number:
    G03
    Tel:
    0207 911 5382
    Email:
    sharon.etienne@ucl.ac.uk

    Sharon's career commenced in the public sector when she started working as an Administrative Officer for the Medical Research Council (MRC), servicing their committee’s grant schemes and managing relationships with three funders.

    She then went on to work as an Enabling Agreement Officer at King’s College, and as an Invigilator at Queen Mary University. She has also been employed by the Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of Emergency Medicine where she worked within their Examinations department.

    Sharon has formerly been employed at the IOE where she held posts as Student Placements Officer and Project Administrator.