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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 author and editor of 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 industry as a Chartered Accountant. He has published widely in over 130 publications, conference papers and keynotes (87 percent are single-suthored). For a complete list of publications, conference papers and keynotes, please access https://ucl.academia.edu/SaiLoo.

His research monographs by Routledge (unless stated otherwise) include

Creative Working in the Knowledge Economy

Vocationalism in Further and Higher Education: Policy, Programmes and Pedagogy (Eds.)

Teachers and Teaching in Vocational and Professional Education

Further Education, Professional and Occupational Pedagogy: Knowledge and Experiences

Multiple Dimensions of Teaching and Learning for Occupational Practice (Ed.)

Professional Development of Teacher Educators in Further Education: Pathways, Knowledge, Identities and Vocationalism

Informal Learning, Practitioner Inquiry and Occupational Education: An Epistemological Approach (co-authored)

Teacher Educators in Vocational and Further Education (Ed.), Springer

Some of the websites can be accessed at




Research Summary
Occupational education (OE) is his main area of research. Sai defines OE as encompassing three 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 professionals' education. The research areas to date cover occupational pedagogy of teacher educators and teachers, teaching knowledge, professional identities, emotional ecology, the knowledge/digital economy, and creative working.

Teaching Summary
At the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, Sai Loo has taught on 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 teaching resources may be accessed on https://ucl.academia.edu/SaiLoo/.

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