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Dr Sandra Leaton Gray
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02076126765
  • Senior Lecturer in Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

  • I originally studied music and trained as a professional soprano, before performing for a short while and then moving into music teaching. 
  • I subsequently studied as a postgraduate at the University of Cambridge, before working there in the Faculty of Education as a postdoctoral researcher, and also in Cambridge University‚Äôs Centre for Applied Research into Educational Technologies (CARET). 
  • I was Director of Studies for the Sociology of Education at Homerton College, University of Cambridge for several years.
  • I then spent a year working as Researcher to the Director at the Institute of Education, University of London.
  • I took up a Lectureship at the University of East Anglia in 2007, where I established and led the BA (Education) for five years. 
  • I moved back to the Institute of Education in 2012 (which merged with UCL to become the UCL Institute of Education in 2014) where I am a Senior Lecturer in Education.

Research Summary

I mainly carry out research in the area of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, with a special focus on the sociology of technology and its impact on children and young people.  I am a member of the Privacy Expert Group of the Biometrics Institute and co-author, with Professor Andy Phippen of Plymouth University,  of the book Invisibly blighted: the digital erosion of childhood (IOE Press, March 2017). 

I am Principal Investigator of a team of departmental colleagues carrying out commissioned research on international schooling issues and the scope for integration of curriculum, assessment, and accountability. Recent sponsors have included the EU, the International Baccalaureate Organisation and the BBC. 

From 2006 onwards, I have also been exploring the nature of teacher, student and pupil identity and how they reflect education and society. I am particularly interested in how teachers attempt to construct frameworks for professional practice whilst mediating the demands of the knowledge economy, and wrote about this in my book Teachers Under Siege (Trentham, 2005). I also publish work in the area of the sociology of time and education, with particular reference to technological changes.

Teaching Summary

MA (Education)
  1. Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (Module leader)
  2. What is Education?
  3. Dissertation module (Supervisor)
I also supervise research full and part-time students on the MPhil, EdD and PhD programmes.

I am always keen to speak to potential doctoral students wishing to work in my research area, but have limited vacancies for students for the academic year 2017/8. 

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-AUG-2003 – 31-AUG-2006 Research Associate Education University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007 SFHEA ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow – Education  
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Education University of Cambridge
1999 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Education University of Cambridge
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