IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Professor Susan O’Neill appointed Head of Learning and Leadership

17 March 2022

Professor Susan O’Neill has been appointed as Head of the Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society.

Professor Susan O'Neill

Professor Susan O’Neill will be joining IOE from Simon Fraser University (Canada) where she is currently Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Professor O’Neill gained her PhD in Psychology at Keele University where she served as a Senior Lecturer before moving to Canada where she held academic positions at the University of Western Ontario and Simon Fraser University. She was awarded visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan, University of Melbourne, and Trinity College Dublin.

Professor O’Neill has served on several national education and research advisory councils in Canada, UK and USA, as Chair of the Simon Fraser University Steering Committee on Community-Engaged Research, and as President of the UNESCO-affiliated International Society for Music Education. She brings a wealth of international and interdisciplinary teaching, research, leadership and administrative experience with postgraduate degrees in three disciplines (psychology, education and music).

Professor O’Neill’s research focuses on young people’s creative learning ecologies, intergenerational and intercultural learning and the social-emotional impact of creative learning on children’s lives. An intergenerational arts programme she developed through her research won a provincial award for Excellence in Public Education.

Professor O’Neill said: “I am very much looking forward to joining IOE and taking up this leadership role with the Department of Learning and Leadership. I am excited about the opportunities to work with colleagues at a world-leading university and to support DLL’s vision and the positive impact they are making through high-quality education and research.”

IOE Director and Dean Professor Li Wei said: “Susan brings a huge amount of experience from working in different countries and institutions. Her expertise connects well right across the IOE and beyond. I am very much looking forward to working with her as part of the senior management team in taking the Department of Learning and Leadership forward.”



Courtesy of Simon Fraser University