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Principal of Josephine Butler College & Professor in the School of Education


Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson joined Durham University in July 2023 as the new Principal of Josephine Butler College and as a Professor of Education in the School of Education. Gillian is an experienced researcher, teacher and leader having previously served as the Head of the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex (20014-2023) and the Director of Research in the Department of Education at the University of York (2008-2014). Prior to returning to the UK in 2008, she worked as a research analyst and project leader at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC. Gillian graduated in 2004 with a PhD in Educational Theory and Policy and Comparative and International Education (dual title) from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.  


Working across a broad range of educational projects, her research broadly addresses issues surrounding social justice. Gillian applies a range of methods and approaches in her research including working on projects that involve secondary data analysis and evaluation research. Gillian is currently part of the national evaluation team for A Better Start and holds a visiting Professor position at the University of Sussex.


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