The founders

Founder and CEO, OxEd and Assessment
Charles Hulme

Founder and CEO, OxEd and Assessment

Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Education and William Golding Senior Research Fellow at Brasenose College, University of Oxford

Charles is an expert on reading, language and memory processes and their development (see publication list ). He has developed a number of effective language and reading interventions. Charles is a Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of Academia Europaea. He has received numerous awards for his research including the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (2019).

Director of OxEd and Assessment
Maggie Snowling

Director of OxEd and Assessment

President of St. John’s College and Professor of Psychology, University of Oxford

Maggie is a world-renowned expert on children’s reading and language difficulties (see publication list ). She served as a member of Sir Jim Rose’s Expert Advisory Group on provision for Dyslexia in 2009. Maggie is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. She was appointed CBE for services to science and the understanding of dyslexia in 2016.

Director of OxEd and Assessment
Gillian West

Director of OxEd and Assessment

Lecturer in Child Development and Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford

Gillian completed her PhD at UCL investigating the relationship between memory processes and children’s reading and language skills. Her recent research has focussed on language and interventions for children of different ages and the development of language assessments. She is currently working on the development and evaluation of an early language enrichment programme for children in nursery schools.

The research behind our screening apps

LanguageScreen was developed by a research team led by Professor Charles Hulme at the University of Oxford and is the product of extensive research. LanguageScreen was developed by the same research team responsible for the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) programme. We developed LanguageScreen because we believe it is essential for teachers to be able to assess children's language skills.

LanguageScreen was used in a study evaluating the effectiveness of the NELI programme in 193 schools (involving testing roughly 6,000 children). In this study, LanguageScreen was effective in allowing school staff to identify children with language difficulties and also provided an accuarate measure of the improvements in children's language skill's following the NELI programme.

The research team behind Language Screen and NELI are continuing to develop methods to help schools identify and remediate children's language difficulties including two new apps, MathsScreen and ReadingScreen, due to launch soon.

OxEd's founder, Professor Charles Hulme, discusses inteventions to improve children's early language skills in this seminar for LuCID, the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development.

The OxEd team

Software Manager
Dr Mihaela Duta

Software Manager

Mihaela is a Research Associate & Senior Research Software Engineer at the University of Oxford. Her software development focuses on translational research. She also conducts research in neural network models of language-mediated attention (for a full profile see orcid.org/0000-0002-0435-571X)

Technical Manager
Joe Lowe

Technical Manager

Joe has 23 years' experience providing IT solutions and support to all sectors of industry. He is the CEO and Director of PCQ Solutions Ltd, a successful Managed Service Provider and customer support focused IT company, specialising in public WiFi, hosting and GDPR compliance.

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Finance Manager
James West

Finance Manager

James is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW). James has 30 years of post-qualification experience working in Finance Director and Financial Controller roles within a range of corporate and commercial environments.

Board Advisor
Andrew Mendoza

Board Advisor

Andrew is an experienced adviser to founders, management teams and investors to companies in the digital media and technology space. Over the last few years Andrew has worked with a number of innovative edtech businesses, focused on language and literacy.

Operations Manager
Sue Lowe

Operations Manager

Sue has a BSc (Joint Honours) in Applied Psychology and Sociology. She has worked as project manager for a range of environmental organisations, including the roll-out of biodiversity software and a web-based global database of certified forest products.

Support Team Operator
Ina Skronska

Support Team Operator

Ina has a degree in Speech and Language Therapy and Applied Linguistics with Audiology from the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University and has experience providing Speech Therapy directly to children along with extensive service and support experience.

Support Team Operator
Susan Scrimgeour

Support Team Operator

Susan has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. She has wide experience managing, organising and supporting research projects at post-graduate level, including working on standardising the LanguageScreen app.

Support Team Operator
Kevin Price

Support Team Operator

Kevin has a BA in Journalism and Media from Coventry University. He has more than ten years’ experience in consumer service with a specialist focus in complaints handling, conflict resolution and adjudication.