Clare Huxley

BA, MSc, PhD

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Senior Research Fellow

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Clare joined IES as a research officer in December 2014 before becoming a Research Fellow in 2016. Her main interests include equality and diversity issues, the Higher and Further Education sectors, and health and wellbeing at work. Clare draws upon experience of working on equality and diversity issues in both policy and research contexts, having worked for equality charities, research consultancies and the National Union of Students.

After completing a PhD in psycholinguistics at the University of Edinburgh, she has used a range of quantitative and qualitative skills. Particular specialisms include quantitative analysis including workforce data, management information and survey data; survey design, analysis and management; and qualitative research on sensitive topics such as wellbeing and health.

Clare has extensive knowledge of the higher education sector including both staff and students. Her research experience comprises a diverse range of projects for a variety of clients such as the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Education. Research themes include: student finances and wellbeing; modes of, and motivations for, study; mental health experiences among postgraduate research students; and the experiences and decision-making of EU staff currently working in the UK.

She is also an experienced researcher in the area of health and wellbeing. Clare led analysis of management information as part of an evaluation of the Fit for Work Service and the use of Return to Work plans for the Department for Work and Pensions. She has interviewed employers and users of a Wellbeing Through Work programme for Remploy, and interviewed carers and cared-for individuals to develop case studies to evaluate pilot programmes supporting carers in employment (SCIE). Clare has also managed a multi-method evaluation of mental health training for new recruits to the emergency services including longitudinal surveys, interviews and case studies for the mental health charity Mind.


2009 University of Edinburgh PhD, Psycholinguistics
2004 University of Edinburgh MSc, Psycholinguistics
2002 King’s College, London BA (Hons), German


2013-2014 Research and Data Officer, Equality Challenge Unit
2012-2013 Research Assistant, National Union of Students
2010-2011 Research Intern, nfpSynergy
2010 Events and Communications Intern, Hansard Society
2009 Campaigns Assistant, British Humanist Association   


Research publications

Articles and chapters

Conference appearances

  • Coaching Early Conversation Interaction and Language: An implementation and process evaluation of two speech and language therapy programmes in early years settings, Dawson A, Huxely C, European Early Childhood Education Research Association, September 2021
  • Recommendations for higher education institutions on supporting wellbeing and mental health among postgraduate researchers, Huxley C, London Metropolitan University Conference: Staff wellbeing in higher education: Precepts, practices and potentialities in challenging times, London Metropolitan University Conference, London, July 2018