Professor and Director for the Centre for Education Improvement Science

London (GB)
23 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

UCL Institute of Education


Professor and Director for the Centre for Education Improvement Science

Full Time : 

The appointment will be on UCL Grade Professorial. 

The salary range will be Professorial Grade, dependent on achievements, qualifications and experience, with minimum salary £70,420 per annum; a competitive salary will be available to exceptional candidates., inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for the post of Director for the Centre for Education Improvement Science at the UCL Institute of Education. 

This is envisaged as a full time post, although a fractional appointment may be available to suitable candidates, subject to negotiation. We welcome applications from candidates from both academic and policy backgrounds. 

We are setting up a flagship research centre that will locate the IOE at the cutting-edge of research and support for global educational system improvement.  We’re looking for an individual with a world-leading reputation to establish the centre on the international stage. 

This is a major investment and flagship within the IOE’s strategic direction, strengthening delivery of its mission to improve lives through education. 

Founded in 1902, the IOE is the world’s foremost centre for research and teaching in social science and education.  In 2018 it was ranked number one in the world for education for the fifth year running (QS World University rankings).  For REF2014 it was top for research power in education. 

The centre will be wide-ranging in scope, encompassing the science of learning and teaching, and neuroscience in education; and national and international education policy analysis to support educational improvement.  To fulfil its remit the centre will be interdisciplinary and inventive, drawing on expertise across the social and behavioural sciences, and the methodological and educational expertise available across the IOE and UCL.  There is considerable scope to utilise existing and new resources to create exciting and pioneering collaborations in pursuit of ground-breaking research and impact.  The centre will be a public resource – a repository of robust and original evidence.  It will also provide a hub for working with schools and colleges, to share evidence and test new approaches and insights.

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual to direct a centre positioned at the heart of the IOE, tasked with making a major contribution to international research on improving education and learning.

The successful candidate will have a world-leading reputation in the field of education improvement and/or education policy, experience of leading significant projects and teams, and a track record of success in gaining funding in the field of education policy or educational neuroscience.  S/he will have the opportunity to make appointments to the centre team.

This post represents a key appointment for the UCL Institute of Education. 

Salary will be at a level appropriate to the international standing of the successful applicant. 

Interviews will be held in London. 

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1775005 

Please include a clear statement in response to each of the selection criteria which shows how your qualifications, experience and training fit each of the criteria. An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a detailed publications list and an electronic copy of one journal article length publication or alternative piece of writing which you feel best supports your application.

Please include the names and contact details of three referees. 

For further information please contact Professor Becky Francis, Director of UCL IOE ( or Professor Alison Fuller, Pro-Director Research and Development ( 

For queries regarding the application process, please contact Katie Rychliski, ( ).

Closing Date: 16 December 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level. 

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

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