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Prof Lynn Ang
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Professor of Early Childhood
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

Prof Lynn Ang is Professor of Early Childhood in the Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL, Institute of Education. Her research interests include the interdisciplinary fields of early childhood and international development, and early childhood across cultures particularly in South East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. Lynn is interested in the social, cultural and policy influences on children's development and early learning in a range of formal and informal contexts such as preschool and home-based settings. Her research centers on the early years curriculum, international early years policy, and issues of diversity and inequality particularly in conflict-affected fragile states. Lynn has led major research grants including the first systematic review of the international evidence on early childhood development and peacebuilding across fourteen conflict-affected countries (2015-16) and A 5-year study to review to assess the effectiveness and impact of a global education programme The World Bank Early Learning Partnership and sustainability of its impact.

Prof Ang is particularly interested in constructions of early childhood care and education from an international perspective, the impact of research, and the ways in which socially relevant research and advocacy for children and families are translated into policy and practice. She has worked in Singapore, Scotland and now England. Lynn has led on research projects from the British Academy, UNICEF, National College for School Leadership (NCL) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK. Lynn is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Fellow of the ESRC Peer Review College. She serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Early Years Education and Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) journal ARNEC Connections. Working Together for Early Childhood. She is a supervisor of Doctorate students and teaches on the MA Early Years Education programme. Lynn has extensive experience of working with postgraduate students and was programme leader of the MA in Early Childhood Studies programme for ten years. Lynn is also an experienced External Examiner of Doctoral students. 

Prof Ang is Departmental Academic Head of Research (2017-present),IOE Head of Research Ethics and Governance (2015-present) with strategic and operational responsibility for research ethics and governance at Faculty-level. Lynn is also Co-Chair of UCL Research Ethics overseeing the overall governance of research ethics at UCL.

Research Summary

Prof Lynn Ang's expertise is early childhood education and development. Her research focuses on conceptualisations of children's learning and education, and the social, cultural, policy and macro-political environments that mediate and shape children's experiences from early childhood to primary education. Her work in the interdisciplinary fields of early childhood and international development examined the multiple levels of social determinants that affect children's lives, particularly in developing countries. Lynn is interested in the diverse formal and informal contexts of children’s early experiences including preschool and home-based settings. Her research comprises the following interrelated themes: the early years curriculum, issues of diversity and equality, international early years policy, and early childhood care and education across cultures particularly in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region. She has extensive methodological experience in evaluation research, systematic reviews, ethnography, qualitative and participatory methods in research. 

Lynn has led several major funded research: Principal Investigator (PI) 2016-17 Newham Teaching Alliance 'Pedagogical Innovation and Leadership in the Early Years'; PI 2016-17 Daiwa Foundation 'A comparative study of children’s daycare services in Japan and England'; PI 2015-16 United National Children's Fund (UNICEF) ‘A systematic policy review of Early Childhood Development and Peacebuilding in 14 conflict-affected and post-conflict countries’; PI 2013-14 United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) ‘Early Childhood and Peace Building in the Asia-Pacific Region’; PI 2011-12 Lien Foundation, ‘Improving the Early Childhood Sector in Singapore'; PI 2008-9 National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services (NCL), National evaluation of the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL); PI 2007-8 British Academy ‘Singapore preschool practitioners’ responses to a Kindergarten Curriculum'.

Teaching Summary

Prof Lynn Ang has extensive experience working with undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of early childhood and primary education. She has successfully taught across the levels from undergraduate, Masters to Doctorate students. Lynn is Co-programme Leader of the MA in Early Years Education online programme and Module Leader of ‘Contemporary Issues in the Early Years’ on the MA in Early Years Education on-campus programme. Prior to her appointment at UCL Institute of Education, Lynn was Programme Leader of the MA in Early Childhood Studies for ten years and developed the first collaborative overseas MA in Early Childhood Studies in Singapore. In 2011, Lynn was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (UK) as evidence of her research-informed teaching and student-focused pedagogy. Lynn is a supervisor of Doctorate students and have supervised many Masters students.

Prof Lynn Ang is an experienced External Examiner of Doctorate students in the UK and overseas, and is an Internal Examiner of many Doctorate and MPhil/PhD upgrade panels. She is currently External Examiner of the Professional Doctorate (EdD) programme, University of Sheffield. Her previous External Examiner appointments comprised a 3-year appointment on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Auston Institute of Management and University of Chichester (2013-2015); 4-year external examiner appointment, BA (Hons) Children’s Care, Learning and Development, University College Suffolk (2009 – 2012); and 3-year external examiner appointment, BA Childhood Studies Programme, University of Worcester (2009 – 2011).

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