IOE - Faculty of Education and Society



Celebrating 120 years of transforming lives and society.

Throughout 2022, we will be delving into the history of our work in education, culture, psychology, technology and social sciences, exploring how each decade of our 120-year existence has reflected and contributed to changes in individuals’ lives and society on a global scale.

MediaCentral Widget Placeholderhttps://mediacentral.ucl.ac.uk/Player/588J9G81

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

(Left to right): Percy Nunn, John Adams, Margaret Punnett
IOE at 120 – an expansive vision for teaching and learning

Over the course of the year, we will be publishing a monthly blog exploring each decade of IOE’s 120-year history in the context of the education and society of the times. Read the first blog in our series by Professor Tom Woodin.

IOE is UCL's Faculty of Education and Society


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

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.

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

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.

Building skills for the future

Teenage girl using laptop with white text ‘Building Skills. For Life.’

Major advancements in technology are changing the world of work and global economies. We are working to ensure people learn new skills to meet the evolving needs of the future.

Tackling food poverty

Child’s legs jumping on wooden blocks in a school playground with white text ‘Confronting disadvantage.’

Food poverty is increasing in the UK. IOE academics are working to raise awareness of families’ experiences and change government policies so that children no longer have to experience food poverty.

Addressing employment inequalities

Young people in conversation looking at laptops with white text ‘Equality. For Life.’

Inequalities between different ethnic groups remains a critical issue in the UK workforce. Our researchers examined employment prospects of millennials from different ethnic groups in the UK and the impact of their employment status on their mental health

Changing the face of politics

Young woman speaking in front of class with white text ‘Changing the face of politics.’

There is a class divide in young people’s access to political activities such as school councils, leading to unequal engagement in politics. We are leading the conversation around equal participation in democracy.


(facebook button)