Professor Colleen McLaughlin is Director of Education Innovation at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. She is also Head of Department at the University of Sussex and Deputy Head of Faculty at Cambridge, where she leads the Education and Reform team that specialises in systemic research-informed reform through collaborations with governments, NGOs and others.
Her professional and academic interests lie in counselling and care of young people, specifically issues around vulnerable children and exclusion, school-university partnerships for educational research and practice improvement, as well as educational reform with a particular emphasis on teacher development.
Professor McLaughlin’s projects in 2016 include the transformation of the entire school education system in Kazakhstan. The team worked with the minister and the Innovative Schools Network to establish the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University. Currently working in five countries, the team also undertakes research and publishes on the topics of reform, teacher development and others.
Professor McLaughlin has been awarded several accolades including Fellow of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (in recognition of outstanding contribution to the field of counselling in schools).