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Prof Sandy Oliver
Room G1
10 Woburn Square
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6747
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  • Director of the Social Science Research Unit
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Sandy joined the Institute of Education in 1995. She became a founding member of the EPPI-Centre (the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre) and developed a stream of work addressing Perspectives, Participation and Research. She has been directing the work of the Social Science Research Unit since 2015.

Sandy is now Professor of Public Policy at UCL Institute of Education and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at the University of Johannesburg.

She is a member of the Board of the Campbell Collaboration, a Cochrane editor with their Consumers and Communication Review Group, and a co-convenor of the Cochrane Agenda and Priority Setting Methods Group. She co-edits ‘Research for All’ an open-access, peer-reviewed journal focusing on research that involves universities and communities, services or industries working together.

Research Summary

For thirty years Sandy's interests have focused on the interaction between researchers and people making decisions in their professional and personal lives. With this in mind she has been developing methods to collate knowledge from whole bodies of research – systematic reviews – not just single studies, and to involve policy makers, practitioners and people using public services in decisions about what research should be done, and how.

This work has spanned a broad range of research methodologies and many academic disciplines. Originally she worked in health and education. Most recently her work has been in the area of international development where she has conducted systematic reviews and built up a programme of support for research teams conducting reviews elsewhere.

Teaching Summary

 Sandy teaches on the undergraduate module Understanding Social Policy, and supervises students completing their masters dissertations and doctoral theses.

Academic Background
1981   Doctor of Philosophy University of Surrey
1976   Bachelor of Arts University of York
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