Dr Catherine Molesworth BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, PGCertHE


Cathy Molesworth joined the School of Education in January 2018. Here she leads and teaches across a range of modules. These include study skills and psychology for foundation and first year students and statistics for students on the professional doctorate EdD programme. Cathy also supervises final year undergraduate, master's and PhD students.

Posts held previously

Before joining the School of Education, Cathy worked as an analyst in the Directorate of Planning and Statistics at the University from 2016. Here she supervised students analysing large datasets to predict student progress and developed the University data protection policy on learning analytics. Cathy also obtained a grant from HEFCE with Dr Christine Couper for an 'innovation in teaching and learning' project. Prior to these posts, Cathy held postdoctoral research positions investigating learning processes in autism, including an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry.


Cathy is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research / Scholarly interests

Current research interests include predictors of student satisfaction and progression in HE as well as factors affecting learning in individuals with autism. Cathy has published in a range of autism and education journals.  She has also gained grant funding for education and autism related projects.

Key funded projects

Awarded: 2019. University of Greenwich Teaching and Learning Project  to G. Mansi (PI), Orpin, H., (Co-I), & Molesworth, C. (Co-I). 'Great expectations: Reflected in Pedagogy?', £2000.

Awarded: 2016. HEFCE Catalyst Fund Call A: Small-scale, 'experimental' innovation in learning and teaching to Christine Couper (PI), & Catherine Molesworth (CoI),  'A Structured Conversation: Enabling and Measuring Responsive Pedagogy', project cost: £80,500 (48% from HEFCE).

Awarded: 2013. ESRC Festival of Social Science (7th November, 2013) to C. Molesworth (organiser) for "Vulnerable Witnesses"; £2000.

Awarded: 2009. ESRC postdoctoral research fellowship (2009 – 2011)  to C. Molesworth (PI) & F. Happé (CoI).  'Investigation of contrast effects in children'. FEC. £109,482

Recent publications


Walker, Simon , Salines, Emily, Abdillahi, Abdillahi, Mason, Sharon , Jadav, Aanesh , Molesworth, Catherine (2019), Identifying and resolving key institutional challenges in feedback and assessment: a case study for implementing change. Taylor and Francis. In: , , , . Taylor and Francis, Higher Education Pedagogies, 4 (1) . pp. 422-434 2375-2696 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23752696.2019.1649513).

Walker, Simon , Abdillahi, Abdillahi, McKenna, Duncan, Molesworth, Catherine (2017), Examining predictors of retention with implications for TESTA@Greenwich. In: , , , . , The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 3 (1) . pp. 122-134 ISSN: 2055-4990 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v3i1.607).

Edited book

Jones, Harriet , Orpin, Hilary, Mansi, Gemma, Molesworth, Catherine (2023), Transitions into Higher Education. Critical publishing. In: , , , . Critical publishing, St Albans (1st) . ISBN: 9781914171291 (doi: https://www.criticalpublishing.com/transition-into-higher-education).