About us

Since its inception, the Centre has carried out many major projects for institutions and government agencies throughout the world. Clients have included: Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ), the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (Cambridge, UK), the South East Asia Ministers of Education Organisation (Singapore), the OECD (Paris) and other agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr Ute Knoch is the current Director of the Language Testing Research Centre. She has a strong track record of academic research with over 40 publications published in journals such as Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Assessing Writing, Journal of Second Language Writing and Language for Specific Purposes. Her research interests are in the area of writing assessment, rating processes, assessing languages for academic and professional purposes, and placement testing. She is currently Co-President of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australian and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) and has served on the Executive Board of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA). In 2014, Dr Knoch was awarded the TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award by the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, US), recognizing her contribution to language assessment.

Past directors of the Centre include Emeritus Professor Alan Davies (Founding Director), Distinguished Professor Tim McNamara, Professor Liz Hamp-Lyons and Associate Professor Catherine Elder. All are internationally renowned for their scholarship and service in the field of language testing.