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Name Dr George Leckie
Job title Reader in Social Statistics
Department School of Education University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc, MSc, PHD(Bristol)
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Keywords multilevel modelling
school league tables
measuring school effectiveness
the quality of marking of educational tests
social and ethnic segregation among schools
Areas of expertise Research interests

Methodological interests in multilevel modelling include: mixture models; variance models; cross-classified models; and multiple membership models.

Applications of multilevel modelling to social science research problems include: highlighting limitations of school league tables; measuring school effectiveness; assessing the quality of marking of educational tests; and modelling social and ethnic segregation among schools.


I joined the Centre for Multilevel Modelling in 2005 and I am currently working on an ESRC-funded research project: LEMMA (a Learning Environment for Multilevel Modelling and Applications).

Previously, I held research positions at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation in the Department of Economics, University of Bristol and I was a visiting researcher at the VU University, Amsterdam.
Media experience My recent LEMMA research (with Professor Harvey Goldstein), on the limitations of using school league tables to inform school choice, received considerable attention in the press; including: BBC Radio 4, Financial Times, The Telegraph and The Times Educational Supplement.