Professor Colleen McLaughlin

Professor Colleen McLaughlin is the Director of Educational Innovation at the Institute of Education – University of Cambridge.

Professor McLaughlin recently came from the University of Sussex where she was Head of Department for three years.

Prior to that she was at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education where she was Deputy Head of Faculty. She taught in secondary schools and worked as an advisor in a local education authority before coming to the then Institute of Education in 1985. Her recent research has focused on wellbeing in schools; relationships in schools; sexuality and HIV related education in Africa (for the Commonwealth Centre for Education); bullying and pupils with special educational needs and disabilities; counselling in schools; and aspects of personal, social and emotional development in schools.

Support for international educational reform is also now a major area of work. She has been involved as an advisor to governments and NGOs on the personal and social dimensions of schooling.