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

Prof Lynn Ang is Professor of Early Childhood Education, Pro-Director and Vice-Dean Research at UCL Institute of Education. Her current role involves strategic leadership of IOE's overall research strategy and all research-related areas including impact and engagement, ethics, global engagement, research development, and the Centre for Doctoral Education. Lynn has a long standing career of over twenty years and has served in various senior leadership roles including Co-Chair of UCL Research Ethics Committee since 2016 and Head of the Department of Learning and Leadership (2019-2022). 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 focuses on the early years curriculum, international early years policy, and issues of diversity and inequality. 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). Her recent projects include leading an evidence-based intervention programme of professional development to improve the outcome for disadvantaged two-year olds in Newham, London (2018-2021) funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Co-Investigator of a UKRI-GCRF interdisciplinary Research Hub Action Against Stunting (2019-2024) which aims to tackle the global challenge of child stunting in India, Indonesia and Senegal.

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 major 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 Fellow of the Academy of Social Science (FAcSS) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PHEA).She serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Early Years Education and London Review of Education (LRE). As an experienced senior academic, Prof Ang has successfully taught across the levels from Undergraduate, Masters to Doctoral students. Lynn is also an experienced External Examiner of Doctoral students. 

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 2021, Lynn was awarded Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PHEA), the highest recognition granted for her sustained contributions and leadership of academic practice, and impact on teaching and learning in Higher Education. 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 Internal Examiner of many Doctorate and MPhil/PhD upgrade panels. She was 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).

Academic Background
2017   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow  
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