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Dr Sai Loo
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

Sai Loo (PhD, MA, BSc, FHEA, ACA, FETC) is an academic at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, and the author and editor of eight research monographs. Before joining the Institute, he taught accounting and finance at higher education institutions on undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes, and vocational areas in further education. Sai worked in the industry as a Chartered Accountant. His publications include eight research monographs, academic articles, conference papers and keynotes (83 per cent are single-authored). He is writing his ninth book.

His research monographs include:

Loo S 2017 Creative Working in the Knowledge Economy. Abingdon, Routledge.

Loo S, Jameson J 2017 (Eds.) Vocationalism in Further and Higher Education: Policy, Programmes and Pedagogy. Abingdon, Routledge

Loo S 2018 Teachers and Teaching in Vocational and Professional Education. Abingdon, Routledge.

Loo S 2019 Further Education, Professional and Occupational Pedagogy: Knowledge and Experiences. Abingdon, Routledge.

Loo S 2019 (Ed.) Multiple Dimensions of Teaching and Learning for Occupational Practice. Abingdon, Routledge.

Loo S 2020 Professional Development of Teacher Educators in Further Education: Pathways, Knowledge, Identities and Vocationalism. Abingdon, Routledge.

Loo S, Sutton B 2021 Informal Learning, Practitioner Inquiry and Occupational Education: An Epistemological Perspective. Abingdon, Routledge.

Loo S 2022 (Ed.) Teacher Educators in Vocational and Further Education. Cham, Switzerland, Springer.

Some distinctive theoretical frameworks cover:

Creative working in the digital economy (Loo, 2017)

Occupational pedagogy of teachers (Loo, 2018)

Occupational pedagogy of teacher educators (Loo, 2020)

Occupational education: Occupational practices, (informal) learning (and teaching) (Loo & Sutton, 2021)


Some of the websites can be accessed at:



Research Summary

Sai created Occupation Education (OE) as a new area of education and is his area of expertise. OE encompasses working, teaching and learning settings across three academic levels of pre-university, higher and professional education. OE includes vocational education and training (VET) / technical and vocational education and training (TVET), higher vocational education, and professional education. OE covers continuous professional education (CPD) and is part of lifelong learning. His current research projects are on the 'Research Activities' IRIS webpage.

Teaching Summary

At the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, Sai Loo has taught in various programmes at the first degree (e.g. BA Educational Studies), postgraduate (e.g. PGCE (Post Compulsory)), Masters (e.g. MA Education, MA Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, MA Clinical Education and MA in Leadership), and Doctoral (e.g. Educational and Social Research MRes) levels.

His current teaching includes a supervisory role of postgraduate research candidates, a module leader in the Educational and Social Research MRes programme, and a sessional, academic and pastoral tutor in the MA in Education programme.

His teaching resources may be accessed at https://ucl.academia.edu/SaiLoo/.

Academic Background
    Doctor of Philosophy University of London
    Master of Arts Institute of Education
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