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Prof Qing Gu
Room 652
London Centre for Leadership in Learning
UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02076126487
  • Professor of Leadership in Education
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I jointed UCL Institute of Education as Director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning (LCLL) and Professor of Leadership in Education in October 2018. I am the Immediate Past Chair of the British Association of Comparative and International Education (BAICE) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Professional Development. I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC) at the Education University of Hong Kong, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Before I joined UCL, I was a Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham where I started my academic career as a Postdoc Research Fellow in 2004 upon completion of my PhD at the University of Birmingham.

Research Summary

I research in the areas of teachers’ work, lives and effectiveness, school improvement, and educational systemic change. From 2006 until now, I have been Director and Co-Director of numerous government, research council and independent charities funded projects – which have generated a total income of more than £1.5m.

These include 2 ESRC projects (as Principal Investigator), 1 British Academy project (as Principal Investigator), 1 ESRC Knowledge Exchange project (as Co-Investigator) and 2 ESRC seminar series (as Co-I). Government funded projects included the evaluation of the impact of Teaching Schools on school improvement, the pilot of the research on why teachers leave and return to the profession, and Education Department of West Australia funded project which explores how to best support early career teachers’ resilience and effectiveness. I am currently directing two Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) funded projects investigating if and how Research Schools (RS) (which is a major education policy issued in 2016), especially those in new Opportunity Areas, embed their work within school improvement structures and processes at area level, and through this, effectively support schools to use evidence to improve teaching and learning.

My sustained research work and international collaboration with colleagues in China, Canada, Australia, USA and EU countries have resulted in a strong track record of publications, including 1 single authored book, 4 co-authored books, 3 edited books and 4 special issues in high impact journals. Some of these books have been translated in Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. My lead authored paper on teacher resilience was among the top ten most cited papers in Teaching and Teacher Education during 2005-2009. A more recent lead authored paper on teacher resilience was among the top three most read papers in the British Education Research Journal in the first three years of its publication. Two of my co-authored papers won the ‘most outstanding article’ in two international journals in 2011 and 2016. The most recent one in 2016 was given The William J Davis Award by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and we were the first English authors to have won this award since 1980 when it first began. 

I have presented almost 100 research papers at major international and national conferences and research seminars, including keynote addresses and keynote symposiums.

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