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Dr Jamie Dunlea, Senior Researcher and Manager, Assessment Research Group

Jamie leads the British Council’s Assessment Research Group. He works on a range of language test development and validation projects for assessment systems developed by the British Council, as well as collaborating on projects with researchers and organisations internationally.  Jamie has extensive experience in aligning examinations and assessment systems with international standards and frameworks such as the CEFR, and has worked extensively with local standards, including leading an international project to link UK examinations to the China’s Standards of English. He has advised Ministries of Education and national agencies on large-scale assessment reform projects and is active in the language assessment research community. He joined the British Council in 2013, having previously worked in research, development, and validation of large-scale English language exams in Japan as the Chief Researcher at the Eiken Foundation. He has 30 years of experience working in EFL education, first as a teacher, then in test development and production and assessment research. 

Watch the panel discussion " Synergies and tensions: exploiting the benefits of the “common” dimensions of standards for language education", chaired by Jamie Dunlea at the 2022 British Council New Directions conference in Denpasar, Indonesia, below:

Areas of expertise

  • Language test design, development and validation
  • Test specifications
  • CTT and Rasch analysis
  • Standard setting in relation to the CEFR
  • Use of automated text analysis tools
  • Theory and practice of validation in the field of language testing


  • PhD,  CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire
  • Graduate Certificate, TESOL, Aston University 
  • Graduate Certificate, Teaching Second Languages, University of Southern Queensland