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Karen Poulter

  • Co-Chair, Sub-Committee on Development and Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (DELT)
  • Member by invitation, University Board of Teaching and Learning and Student Experience (UBTLSE)
  • Member, Senate Standing Committee on Examination Results (SSCER)
  • Member, Senate (elected UTF representative)
  • Member, University Personal Titles Committee
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies

Areas of interest

  • Applied statistics
  • Pedagogy
  • Leadership in Teaching and Learning (T&L)


Research projects

I am teaching intensive and so do not carry out research which is linked to the department’s research groups. I do, however, sometimes engage in collaborative pedagogic research, primarily performing statistical analysis of data related to teaching and learning issues.


Following completion of my PhD, I started work as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry. This was a fixed term contract and in the middle of 1999 I returned to Reading as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the then Department of Applied Statistics at the University of Reading. In January 2002 I became a Lecturer in what was the School (later Section) of Applied Statistics, and in 2010 Applied Statistics merged with the Department of Mathematics to create the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (later renamed Associate Professor) in 2011 at the University of Reading, and moved from a Teaching & Research to Teaching Intensive contract in 2013. I was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2015.

Academic qualifications

1994  BSc Pure Mathematics (1st class honours), Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London

1995  MSc Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

1998  PhD Applied Statistics, University of Reading

2003  Certificate in Further Professional Studies in Higher Education, University of Reading

Professional bodies/affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


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