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Prof Alison Fuller
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Vocational Education and Work
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I joined the IOE in 2013 as Professor of Vocational Education and Work. I was appointed Pro-Director (Research and Development) in 2014, stepping down from this role in April 2021. I am the founding Chair of UCL's Collaborative Social Science Domain. In the earlier stages of my career, I held research appointments at the Universities of Lancaster and then Leicester before moving to the University of Southampton in 2004 where I became Director of Research and Professor of Education and Work in the School of Education.

My aim as Pro-Director for Research was to develop the structures, culture and strategies that, working with others, facilitate and support our excellent and wide-ranging educational and social research and the vitality and sustainability of our research environment. A key objective is to generate research findings and insights that through active engagement with our major stakeholders can have a positive impact on a wide range of significant national and international societal and educational issues. As a research leader within UCL, my role includes building on and extending the IOE's interdisciplinary collaborations, aligning this activity with the goals of UCL 2034 and ensuring that we realise the full academic benefits of merger

Research Summary

My research interests are in the field of, education – work transitions, apprenticeship, workplace learning, vocational education and training (VET). I have been researching and publishing in these fields for over 25 years focusing in particular on issues of quality and progression. My recent research includes directing an ESRC funded project looking at ‘employee-driven innovation’ and learning in the healthcare sector, a study of older apprentices for the Nuffield Foundation, participation in a Cedefop funded cross-national research on adult apprenticeship in 28 countries, and exploring the relationship between apprenticeship and social mobility for the Sutton Trust. I am regularly consulted by policy-makers on vocational education and apprenticeship policy and am part of a Department for Education expert group advising on the introduction of the new T Level programme for 16-19 year olds wishing to develop expertise in a broad occupational field.

Teaching Summary

Alison Fuller contributes occasional lectures to teaching programmes in the department of Education, Practice and Society and supervises doctoral research students. 

01-SEP-2014 – 11-APR-2021 Pro-Director Research and Development   UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2013 Professor of Vocational Education and Work Education Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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