Kat joined Edge in early 2018 as a Senior Researcher in the Research & Policy Team. She has worked within the field of education for the majority of her career. She started working in the social care and education section at Sheffield City Council, analysing and monitoring the city’s education and young people’s social care outcomes.
Kat spent several years working in a higher education environment, conducting research and market intelligence around student admissions, recruitment and widening participation. More recently she taught the IB Primary Years Programme at an international school in Vietnam, using project-based learning (PBL) approaches and leading on the development of the primary STEM curriculum.
Her undergraduate research background started in Psychology with a particular focus on developmental psychology, early learning, language acquisition and memory. At postgraduate level her research particularly focused on international development, health inequalities and in particular mental health.
At Edge, Kat’s main areas of research are in higher education, vocational education, skills shortages in the economy and employability skills.
- International Case Studies to Drive Teaching Excellence in Technical Education in collaboration with SKOPE (University of Oxford). October 2020 – April 2021, funded by WSUK
- Joint Dialogue phase 2 – pupils understanding of employability skills
- Online learning in FE colleges in an island context in collaboration with University of Nottingham. September 2020 – September 2021
- Degree Apprenticeships – how to degree apprenticeships contribute to widening participation in higher education for young people? December 2020 – August 2021
- Green skills in the construction sector: building back better? In collaboration with SKOPE (University of Oxford). February 2021 – October 2021
- Virtual employer encounters and work experiences during the pandemic
Externally funded completed research projects
- WorldSkills UK – Four Nations Project. Internal report. February - May 2019, funded by WorldSkills UK.
- Joint Dialogue: How are schools developing real employability skills? in collaboration with Education and Employers and National Education Union. October 2017 - November 2018
Other professional engagement/activities
- Leads Edge’s Innovative Higher Education (HE) Network (link) and developing HE case studies of good practice
- Oracy – Voice21 oracy pioneer (link to EFL?)
- Emms, K. & Laczik, A. (2020). Cardiff National Software Academy: A contemporary approach to employable graduates?
- Emms, K., Laczik, A., Dabbous, D. (2020). A journey to employment for young people with additional needs. September 2020. London: The Edge Foundation
- Dabbous, D., Emms, K. (2020). Education Technology in Further Education Colleges: how are colleges integrating digital technologies into their practice? The Edge Foundation. July 2020
- Edge Foundation (2020). The Impact of Covid-19 on Education: evidence on the early impacts of lockdown. London: Edge Foundation
- Newton, O., Laczik, A. and Emms, K., Cohen, K. (2018). Towards a Twenty-First Century Education System. London: The Edge Foundation
- Kashefpakdel, E., Newton, O., Clark, J., Emms, K., Laczik. A., Rehill, J., Taylor, J. (2018). Joint Dialogue: How are schools developing real employability skills? London: Education and Employers
- Newton, O., Percy, C., Laczik, A. and Emms, K. (2019). Our Plans for Apprenticeships. Broader, Higher Quality, Better Prepared. London: The Edge Foundation