John Gardner is a professor of Education at the University of Stirling and is the former Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university. In 2012 he completed a four year term of office as President (2009-11) and Vice-President (2008-09 & 2011-12) of the British Educational Research Association. He was a member of the Education panels of both the UK Research Assessment Exercise, RAE2008 (2004-08) and the REF2014, Research Excellence Framework (2011-14). From 1994-2010 he was a member of the UK’s Assessment Reform Group and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and fellow of the British Computer Society. He has authored or co-authored seven books, the most recent being: Assessment and Learning (2012, Sage), Developing Teacher Assessment (2010, McGraw-Hill/Open University) and The Classroom X-Factor (2011, Routledge).
He has presented numerous international keynote addresses and been principal investigator for research projects exceeding £2.5million in total funding. He was a visiting professor at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Educational Assessment (2009-17) and is currently a visiting professor at Queen's University Belfast and at Dublin City University.