Melissa plays a key role at Shift, providing support to the team on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative projects. The nature of Melissa’s role has made her incredibly versatile when working across many different projects simultaneously. Melissa has specialist skills in both national and international recruitment and now has the responsibility for managing recruitment across all projects. Melissa’s other skills lie in data processing, interviewing and assistant moderation of focus groups.
Melissa joined Shift Learning in 2016 as a Research Assistant after completing a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Having spent a year working as a Primary School teacher, Melissa has gained a deep understanding of the school and education sector, giving her first hand experience of the needs of both teachers and learners. This specialist school knowledge has been invaluable when working with various clients including, Oxford University Press, Rising Stars, Pearson, NCFE, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Macmillan Education, Wildlife Aid Foundation and Cambridge English.
Melissa has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, where she developed valuable research skills from Research Methods modules throughout her degree. In her final year project Melissa conducted a quantitative research project looking at the eating behaviour of children, gaining skills in research proposal writing, presenting and reporting. During her university degree Melissa was trained in using the statistical software program SPSS. Since joining Shift she has also been trained in using Q Research Software, ATLAS.ti coding software and SNAP software.