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Dr Sara Bubb
UCL Institute of Education
University College London, 20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

My current role is as Associate Professor in Education in the Department of Learning and Leadership, UCL Institute of Education. I am the Head of Research and also the Graduate Tutor with oversight of 110 doctoral students and their 45 supervisors.

I worked initially as a primary teacher in three London schools for a number of years. I joined the Institute of Education in 1994.  The main thrust of my work is on professional development and learning of all staff in schools: support staff, new teachers and leaders. 

Research Summary

I have extensive experience of undertaking research for a range of funders (e.g. DfE, LGA, HMC, GLA) and disseminating findings through reports, articles, websites and papers.I have also led and written about evaluation projects such as the Impact of London Schools for Excellence projects. I have written 15 books, 49 journal papers, 19 research reports, 9 chapters in edited collections and hundreds of articles. I was the leading co-author of the journal paper, Governing bodies, headteacher performance and pay: the role of external advisers, that received the Article of the Year award for 2016 from Educational Review.

I was convener of the professional development and learning network of the European Education Research Association for five years.

Teaching Summary

I was a Primary PGCE lecturer for many years and have taught on MA and MBA modules in Educational Leadership. I have also trained teachers and leaders overseas, including in Norway, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Holland, Malta, China, Burma and Qatar.

01-OCT-2018 Associate Professor Learning and Leadership UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2017 Graduate Tutor Department of Learning & Leadership UCL IoE, United Kingdom
19-JUL-2011 Director   Sara Bubb Associates, United Kingdom
FEB-1995 Senior Lecturer Department of Learning & Leadership UCL IoE, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2012   Doctor of Philosophy Institute of Education
1986   Master of Arts Goldsmiths College
1981   Postgraduate Certificate in Education Goldsmiths College
1980   Bachelor of Arts Cardiff University
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