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Paul Kelley


Honorary Clinical Research Associate



Paul Kelley is Honorary Clinical Research Associate in the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute. From 2005-2012 he was Chief Executive of a trust and high school that applied new scientific research to education with the support of external scientists. Outcomes included original research projects in the applications of neuroscience in education.

He has worked at all levels in education, from nursery school to university.   His work 1994-2005 led to all UK students being able to study undergraduate courses from the age of 16, even if they are still in school.  For this he was awarded an honorary degree from The Open University in 2007.

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My research focuses on biological timing systems that directly impact on learning and education. Central to this is sleep and circadian rhythms research that has demonstrated the timing of the day in schools and universities for students aged 14-22 does not match their biology, leading to significant sleep loss. Addressing this mismatch was undertaken by the trust and school, implementing a later starting time based on recent sleep and circadian rhythms research. The positive outcomes of this research-based change are fundamental to our current TeenSleep Research Group.

Time patterns are also crucial in encoding long-term memories.  One of the many lines of research focuses on the use of spaced learning to encode long-term memories on time scale of minutes.  Positive outcomes of research carried out initially by the trust and school are now the subject of further research in schools and universities, including the role of sleep in long-term memory consolidation. 

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