IOE - Faculty of Education and Society



Celebrating 120 years of transforming lives and society.

To mark IOE's 120th year, in 2022 we delved into the history of our work in education, culture, psychology, and social science, exploring how each decade has reflected and contributed to changes in individuals’ lives and society on a global scale.

IOE is UCL's Faculty of Education and Society


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Our work covers education, culture, social policy, sociology, economics, psychology, communications and media, and the interrelations between them.

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By focusing on people and knowledge, we keep up with a radically changing society and influence it positively – leaving a lasting impact on the nation and wider world.

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We build collaboration, curiosity and courage by leaning into uncomfortable conversations, championing education and equity, and encouraging a thirst for knowledge.

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IOE has a legacy of excellence stretching back 120 years. We influence tomorrow’s world by championing collaboration, cross-pollination, and progress.

We invite you to explore our stories, join our anniversary conversations, and connect with our community of staff, students, alumni, partners and friends. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn to keep up with what's going on.

IOE stories. For Life.

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Providing a better future for children

From 1997-2014, a major UK study led by IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, with the University of Oxford, investigated the impact of early years education on children at school and beyond.

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Addressing extremism through the classroom

As concerns grow about the scale radical content young people are coming across online, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, is working to create a more open and tolerant society.

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Ensuring children get the best start

Over the past 20 years there has been an increase in inspection and testing in early years education. This leads to questions about what the advantages and aims of early years education are.

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Exploring the politics of education

Recent global events have sparked concern about democracy’s continued existence, raising questions about how we can ensure democratic values are embraced by future generations so democracy can survive.

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Watch UCL President and Provost Dr Michael Spence and IOE Director and Dean Professor Li Wei discuss IOE's past, present and future.

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