University of Southampton hires new Head of Southampton Education School

Professor Chris Brown has been appointed as the new Head of Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

Southampton Education School has a vibrant research community, committed to addressing a range of important challenges facing education systems, nationally and internationally. As part of the Faculty of Social Sciences senior team, the Head of School will be responsible for delivering the vision of the School and crucial in championing the new University Strategy.

Society conducted a broad, global search across the top ranked education schools worldwide, identifying candidates with expertise in research areas that aligned with Southampton’s Education School, but who also bought academic leadership experience, and demonstrable evidence of research excellence.

Professor Chris Brown is currently of Professor in Education and Director of Research in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Warwick. He has previously taught at UCL, the University of Portsmouth, and Durham University, where he was Deputy Executive Dean (Research). He joins Southampton Education School on the 1st November 2023.

Chris commented:

 “I am excited to be joining such a prestigious School and to be working with this deeply talented team. Having successfully gone through the recruitment process, I now can’t wait to get started and begin to work with my new colleagues all as we take the School to even greater heights! 

 I have enjoyed working with Society throughout the process: everyone involved has been helpful, knowledgeable and has been able to provide the kind of support that candidates need in what can often be a nerve-wracking situation.”


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