IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Former General Secretary of the National Education Union named IOE Honorary Professor

8 March 2024

IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society has granted Mary Bousted an Honorary Professorship with the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research (CTTR).

Mary Bousted, honorary professor at IOE. Image permission: Mary Bousted.

Professor Bousted will join the CTTR to continue her work on teacher professionalism, the causes of the teaching crisis, and possible solutions to the issue. As an Honorary Professor, she will contribute to the centre’s research on professional learning and practice to support the development of teaching as an agentive profession, with the aim of enhancing educators’ capacity to impact inequalities. 

Professor Bousted began her career as an English teacher, and received her Master’s degree at IOE in language and literature in education. Throughout her career, she has campaigned to improve teachers’ working lives, remaining a strong advocate for effective education policy. 

She was formerly the Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), the largest education union in Europe with over five hundred thousand members. Before this, she was also the General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. 

In both these roles, she represented the teaching profession to various international and national stakeholders, the government and employers. In her book Support Not Surveillance (2022) she explores potential resolutions to the teacher retention crisis. 

Professor Bousted has also worked in higher education. She was Head of Secondary Education at Edge Hill University, and Head of Education at Kingston University. At the latter, she led programmes at Master’s and PhD levels and primary and secondary teacher training, and oversaw the introduction of a foundation degree in early years education.

Related links