About Us

The Teacher Selection Project (our research arm) and EduSelect (our commercial arm) are based at the University of York.

Our project has two main goals. The first goal is to transform how prospective teachers are recruited and selected into teacher education programs using new and innovative evidence-supported methods. The second goal is to create reliable and valid ways to develop the ‘classroom readiness’ of teacher candidates to better prepare them for classroom teaching. Our overarching goal is to improve teacher effectiveness resulting in better student outcomes.

Our selection methods have been piloted across the globe with over 20,000 applicants in partnership with teacher education providers in the UK, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Australia, Malawi, and Peru. Our team, with expertise in educational and organisational psychology and teacher education, works closely with partners to develop contextualised, valid, reliable and fair methods to recruit, select, and develop teachers.

Our original funding came from Canada’s SSHRC, and more recently from the European Research Council through a Consolidator grant and a Proof of Concept grant. 

Rob Klassen

Our Team

Our international research team is led by Rob Klassen, Professor and Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre at the University of York in the UK. Professor Klassen’s research focuses on teachers’ non-academic attributes. He comes from Vancouver, Canada, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Chartered Psychologist in the UK. He has received multiple grants as Principal Investigator from a range of funders, including SSHRC (Canada), the Spencer Foundation (US), and the European Research Council (ERC).

Liz Maxwell

Liz Maxwell

Project Coordinator (Research)
Jade Rushby

Jade Rushby

Research Technician
Lisa Bardach

Lisa Bardach

Research Fellow
Helen Granger

Helen Granger

Education Advisor
Liz Hooper

Liz Hooper

Project Coordinator (Enterprise)
Mark Davies

Mark Davies


We work with partners across the globe

  • University of York, Host Institution (England)
  • Liverpool Hope University (England)
  • Strathclyde University (Scotland)
  • Teach First (UK)
  • York St John University (England)
  • Ministry of Education and Science (Lithuania)
  • NSW Dept of Education (Australia)
  • Stranmillis University (Northern Ireland)
  • Sultan Qaboos University (Oman)
  • Teach for Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
  • University of Alberta (Canada)
  • University of Cambridge (England)
  • University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
  • University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • York St John University (England)

We have provided advice and consultancy in the UK and internationally

  • Dignitas, Kenya
  • GIZ (German Development Agency)
  • Global Schools Forum
  • Malawi Ministry of Education
  • Peru Ministry of Education (MINEDU)
  • UK Cabinet Office (Open Innovation Team) and Department for Education
  • World Bank