Biography

Jamie Beaton

Jamie Beaton

DPhil in Public Policy Student (2018)

I am a New Zealand born entrepreneur. In high school, I did 10 A Levels with 8 A*s and 2 As, scoring top in the world in A Level English Literature and IGCSE English Language. I pursued a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree at Harvard under the guidance of thesis advisor Professor Lawrence Summers, graduating in three years compared to a standard five, Magna Cum Laude. At Harvard, I studied Applied Mathematics-Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Public Policy. In 2013, I founded Crimson Education, an online mentoring platform that supports students around the world through innovative personalised learning technology and a network of more than 2400 expert tutors and mentors from top institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Stanford. Crimson has a global footprint serving more than 20,000 students a year annually across more than 20 different countries with more than 200 full-time employees across the world. It has the world's most effective placement rates into top institutions such as Ivy League schools, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, MIT and other such institutions globally. The business has raised more than 25 million GBP in capital and is accelerating internationally. In 2016, I pursued an MBA and MA in Education at Stanford University. In pursuing a DPhil in Public Policy, I aim to research the potential of online schooling to address systemic issues that lead to underperformance in traditional brick-and-mortar high schools and analyse the public policy developments necessary across various OECD countries to pave the way for virtual schooling. My long term ambitions are to lead education reform in the New Zealand government.