Research Associate
Cardiff University

02922 510 324


Jen has a background in education and psychology, graduating with a first in BSc Psychology in Education, and statistics, graduating with a distinction in MSc Quantitative Methods for Science, Social Science and Medicine.  Both her undergraduate and masters dissertations were published following graduation from Lancaster University.  She moved to Cardiff University to pursue her PhD in Education within the School of Social Sciences.  Alongside her PhD studies, Jen was involved with a range of teaching and engagement activities, as well as working as quantitative assistance on a wide range of projects in the academic and third sectors.  She also undertook an internship within Welsh Government, working within the surveys team within Knowledge and Analytic Services.  She joined WISERD early in 2017, primarily to work alongside colleagues on the WISERD Education project.


Research Interests

Jen’s research interests include the use of advanced quantitative methods in and across a variety of social science disciplines.  She also has an interest in mixed methodology and methodological innovation.  Substantively, her research interests include the social psychology and sociology of education, the sociology of religion and the transmission of attitudes and beliefs.


Current Research

Jen is currently research associate in the newly established WISERD Education Data Lab, utilizing administrative and large scale datasets to conduct rigorous and innovative analysis to support the Welsh education system. Alongside this work she has been working on the Welsh arm of the international study of children’s well-being: Children’s Worlds.  This is the largest study of its kind, funded by the Jacobs Foundation and supported in Wales by multiple partners, including the Welsh Government and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.  Much of Jen’s other work at WISERD involves utilization of a range of longitudinal data sets, including studies on Welsh students’ political opinions and perceptions of school climate, using the WISERD Education project data; investigation into the intergenerational transmission of Euroscepticism, using the UK Household Longitudinal Study; and an exploratory study of the relationship between grandparents and child level outcomes, using the Millennium Cohort Study. Outside of her WISERD work, Jen’s PhD work centered on the nature of quantitative methods in the A level curriculum.  This has involved investigation into many aspects of the curriculum, including the written curriculum, teachers and students, and the relationships between them.




Continuity of learning in Wales: ‘Live’ analysis of digital learning
Summary Wales is unique in having a national digital platform for online teaching and learning – Hwb ( This means that all children in maintained schools in Wales login to and use Hwb to access learning materials provided to them by schools and
Research Team:
Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Jennifer May Hampton (Cardiff University), Samuel Jones (Cardiff University), Catriona Dickson (Cardiff University)
WISERD Education Data Lab
The aim of the WISERD Education Data Lab is to generate high quality research-based evidence to help inform and challenge our understanding of educational processes and outcomes to support the Wales education sector meet the aims of Education in Wales: our national mission
Research Team:
Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Jennifer May Hampton (Cardiff University), Martijn Hogerbrugge (Cardiff University), Foteini Tseliou (Cardiff University), Alexandra Sandu (Cardiff University)
Books and Book Chapters
Civil Society through the Lifecourse
Are young people blindly self-interested? How does university shape students’ political participation? Can busy parents and grandparents find time to volunteer? Challenging conventional thinking, leading academics explore how individuals’ relationships with civil society...
Civil Society | October 2020
The reporting of effect size in Educational Psychology literature
This dissertation discusses issues of effect size in education, psychology and educational psychology literature. Reporting and interpretation of effect size estimates are discussed in terms of the purpose of individual research as conceptualised by Kirk (2001). Also...
April 2012
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar Grandparents, grandchildren, and the development of helping behaviours
19th February 2019 |
Presented by Jennifer Hampton , Cardiff University . This seminar is part of the Cardiff WISERD Lunchtime Seminar series. If you are an external guest, please contact us (029 2087 9338) to confirm availability of places. For further information...
Conference Young People and Brexit - One year on
22nd June 2017 |
How are young people feeling about and responding to Brexit, and how will it affect their participation in the 2017 General Election? The call for papers is now open for our one-day conference that will consider these important questions. We will...