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William Roberts

Research Assistant

Areas of specialism

  • Interviewing
  • Desk research
  • Editing
  • Higher Education sector

Will works as a Research Assistant for Shift Learning. He has a particular interest in the Higher Education sector; specifically, in the challenges the sector faces and how well-grounded research can be used to overcome these. He has worked on projects for the University of Southampton, the Association of Project Management and Oxford University Press, amongst others.

Having previously worked as a Research Assistant for UCL, Will has experience in conducting comparative desk research, interviewing, and carrying out editorial work within the education sector.

Before joining Shift Learning, Will studied History at UCL in which he specialised in 20th century Anglo-American social movements. As part of his degree, he studied abroad in Santa Barbara, California, where he decided to focus his dissertation on social movements specific to the 1980s. The dissertation provided an opportunity to engage with a significant number of interviews with movement activists, and thus exposure to qualitative data methods.

Since his degree, Will spent several months studying Mandarin in north-eastern China, as part of a British Council scholarship programme. He brings his varied experience of education systems across of the world to his work at Shift Learning.