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Dr Sandra Leaton Gray
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

SANDRA LEATON GRAY is Associate Professor of Education at University College London, Institute of Education. Prior to this she was Lecturer in Education at the University of East Anglia, and director of its newly established BA in Education; Researcher to the Director at the Institute of Education, under Geoff Whitty, and Research Associate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. She is also a Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. She is an applied sociology of education specialist who received her PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. She also holds degrees from the London College of Music and the Roehampton Institute. She has published extensively on education futures, education policy, the knowledge economy, curriculum, biometrics and children, artificial intelligence in education and chronology in education. She has served as a education consultant and advisor to national and international organisations including the UK Government, the EU Commission, the OECD, the UK's Royal Colleges of Medicine, the British Dental Association, the International Baccalaureate Organisation, the BBC, Channel 4, Pearson, Kaplan International, the Solicitors' Regulatory Authority, the Biometrics Institute, and the Faculty of Public Health.

Research Summary

Current research interests include the sociology of technology and its impact on children and young people, including the role of Big Data and artificial intelligence. Also interested in more general issues such as curriculum reform.

Director of the My Life Online research project, joint Principal Investigator of the project Future of the Artificially Intelligent Examination (with Dr Mary Richardson), and Director of the project Optimising 2020 secondary school transition processes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Leaton Gray is a member of the UK Government's College of Experts in the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), she is also a member of the Privacy Expert Group of the Biometrics Institute, a member of the UK Cabinet Office's International Best Practice Advisory Group, an expert advisor to the UK Government's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, and a member of the OECD's ONE AI working group.

Teaching Summary

I am interested in considering PhD and EdD proposals focused on the following areas. 

Please note: I am unable to consider applications without an outline proposal attached. I do not currently supervise quantitative projects, or doctoral projects involving the basic testing of AI products. 

1. Sociology and ethics of technology in relation to children and young people

2. Sociology and ethics of artificial intelligence and education

3. The artificially intelligent examination

4. Education futures

5. The social identities of learners in the 21st century

6. Sociology of children's digital engagement

7. Education and policy reform in the UK and Germany (including curriculum reform and digitalisation)

8. Risk and disaster reduction in education, especially pandemics

01-DEC-2012 Senior Lecturer in Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 30-NOV-2012 Lecturer in Education Education and Lifelong Learning University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2006 – 31-AUG-2007 Researcher to the Director Directorate Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 Senior Member Wolfson College University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2003 – 31-AUG-2006 Research Associate Education University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow  
2004   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1999   Master of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1993   ATQ07 - Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary edu, further edu, life long lear Roehampton University
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