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Leverhulme Trust appoints new Director

The Leverhulme Trust is delighted to announce that Professor Anna Vignoles has been appointed as Director of the Trust with effect from 4 January 2021.

Anna Vignoles is Professor of Education and Fellow of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. Previously she was Professor of Economics of Education at the UCL Institute of Education and Research Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance. 

Professor Vignoles is a distinguished academic whose research has focused on issues of equity and value in education, particularly the relationship between educational achievement and social mobility, and the role played by education and skills attainment in the economy and society. She has published widely on these topics.

She has acted as a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, Member of Council of the Economic and Social Research Council, and Member of the Advisory Board of the Sutton Trust. Professor Vignoles was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017 and awarded a CBE in 2019 for services to social sciences.

Niall FitzGerald, Chairman of the Leverhulme Trust, said:

“Gordon Marshall has led the Leverhulme Trust for 10 years with great distinction and success. The challenge for the Trustees has been to find an exceptional academic leader and talent to succeed Gordon. We are fortunate that Anna Vignoles stood out in a very strong field of candidates, including several serving Vice-Chancellors. She brings all the requisite experience and skills but also values closely aligned with the special ethos of the Leverhulme Trust. I very much look forward to welcoming Anna and supporting her in what will be challenging years for academic research in the UK.”

Professor Anna Vignoles said:

“The Leverhulme Trust plays a unique role in the funding landscape and its commitment to fund outstanding curiosity driven research has never been more vital. I look forward to working with the Leverhulme team to support research that is genuinely groundbreaking and pushes disciplinary boundaries.”

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