Professor Becky Francis
Professor Becky Francis is Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). She joined the IOE from King’s College London, where she was Professor of Education and Social Justice. Her previous roles include Director of Education at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
Becky has combined academic research and policy work in education throughout her career. She regularly serves as a consultant to the UK government and international agencies on education policy matters, and previously served as Standing Advisor to the UK Parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising government policy on education. She is a frequent media commentator on education issues.
Becky’s academic expertise and extensive publications centre on social identities (gender, ‘race’ and social class) and inequalities in educational contexts. Her policy research and analysis has focused on school quality and social class. She has spearheaded longstanding research programmes on major reforms in the English schools system and their impact on educational inequalities – in particular, the policy of academisation. She is currently directing the Education Endowment Foundation-funded project ‘Best Practice in Grouping Students’, a large mixed methods study in English secondary schools, investigating the practice of grouping pupils by attainment and how this relates to social inequality.
Becky served as a panel member for the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework exercise, a four-yearly assessment of the quality of UK universities’ research. She has also acted as a judge for various national practitioner awards panels, including the TES Teacher of the Year awards, and the Pupil Premium Awards. She is a trustee of Impetus-PEF, which supports UK charities and social enterprises working to improve the education and life chances of disadvantaged young people.