Karen Dunn

Karen’s role involves developing the British Council's language testing and assessment research focus to provide high quality analysis for specialised interest groups. She also carries out work evaluating the functioning of new and established tests across the Aptis suite, and is also involved with on-going work in producing and refining the annual operating report.

In addition, Karen contributes to a range of British Council research projects with a language testing focus, such as English Impact and the vocabulary research study. In the past she has been involved with item analysis of Aptis test items, and British Council research in conjunction with international organisations, such as the Rwandan Ministry of Education and the Pratham-ASER Centre in India. 


Areas of Expertise

  • Measurement and Evaluation


Dunn, K., Darlington, E., and Benton, T. (2016)Revisiting the topics taught as part of an OCR History qualification. Research Matters: A Cambridge Assessment publication, 22, 2-8.

Dunn, K. and Darlington E. (2016) ‘GCSE Geography teachers’ experiences of differentiation in the classroom’. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. Vol. 25, Issue 4.

Darlington, E. and Dunn, K. (2015) ‘Motivations for case study selection in GCSE Geography’. Teaching Geography, Spring 2015.

Dunlea, J. and Dunn, K. (2013) English language learning outcomes at the primary school level in rural India: Taking a fresh look at the data from the Annual Status of Education Report. In V. Berry (Ed.) English Impact Report: Investigating English Language Learning Outcomes at the Primary School Level in Rural India. London: British Council.


  • PhD in Applied Statistics, Lancaster University
  • MA in Language Studies, Lancaster University
  • MRes in Applied Social Statistics, Lancaster University
  • BA (Hons) English Literature with Philosophy, University of Leeds.