IOE Student Helpdesk


Learning and Teaching

Key Faculty Members 

Professor Li Wei, Director and Dean, IOE, Faculty of Education and Society    
Executive Officer: Samantha Arnold s.arnold@ucl.ac.uk       

Simon Buller, Director of Operations    
Executive Assistant: Maria Lane maria.lane@ucl.ac.uk     

Professor Lynn Ang, Pro-Director: Research & Development    
Executive Assistant: Maria Lane maria.lane@ucl.ac.uk     

Professor Nicola Walshe, Pro-Director: Education    
Executive Assistant: Asti Bradshaw asti.bradshaw@ucl.ac.uk    

Professor Martin Oliver, Pro-Director: Academic Development   
Executive Assistant: Asti Bradshaw asti.bradshaw@ucl.ac.uk    

Faculty Education Leadership Team   

Faculty Tutor: Undergraduate – Evi Katsapi e.katsapi@ucl.ac.uk  
Faculty Tutor: Postgraduate Taught – Dr Jo Fraser Pearce j.fraser.pearce@ucl.ac.uk    
Faculty Tutor and Head of Initial Teacher Education: Dr Jasper Green  jasper.green@ucl.ac.uk   


Welcome from the Provost

Dear students,    

A warm welcome to those of you who are new and congratulations on making UCL your university of choice. To those of you returning, welcome back.    

Your UCL education will take you deep into your chosen field and give you its broader context in our rich multidisciplinary academic culture. It will help you develop skills and networks to prepare you for your future.    

We want you to learn how to think, not what to think, through UCL’s research-based approach to education. Our students are our partners and contributors, working alongside world-leading academic staff to pursue excellence, break boundaries and make an impact on global challenges.    

I warmly encourage you to shape your journey at UCL. Take our university-wide surveys and work in partnership with academics to make your programme of study even better.  Each programme also has opportunities for you to volunteer as an academic representative to work closely with your department to improve the student experience. 

This is an exciting time to make your voice heard, with our recently opened campus at UCL East and work underway on implementing our 2022-2027 strategic plan for education. Preparations have also begun on marking UCL’s bicentennial in 2026 and our student partners will be involved in planning an inspiring programme of events to celebrate this landmark anniversary. 

UCL is a community of great minds. You are a valuable member of that community. I hope you will take every opportunity to shape your time with us, so that your experience is the best possible.    

Dr Michael Spence   
UCL President and Provost   


Welcome from the IOE Director and Dean

Dear students, 

On behalf of myself and my colleagues, a warm welcome to the 2023-24 academic year; we are delighted to have you study with us.  

Whether you have joined us for a few months or much longer, we want your time at IOE to be transformative. Some of you are commencing your course straight from school or college, and others long after the start of your career. Regardless, this is the start of a new journey – of meeting new people, engaging with new knowledge and ideas, learning and honing new skills. This should be challenging, rewarding – and transformative – for your own development, but also for the communities and workplaces you are part of. This is because our students and how they put their learning to use are our most important legacy.  

How do we support this? IOE is an incredibly vibrant and inspiring place to work and learn, and I am very proud to be its Director and Dean. It is home to a rich concentration of world-leading scholars in the fields of education, social science and the humanities, as well as a student body from over 100 countries, all supported by our fantastic library. Your course will be demanding, but I hope you can also make the most of wider opportunities, including the many seminars and events at IOE for you to get involved with and, indeed, initiate. This is not to mention all the facilities, societies and sources of support available to you across UCL, including the newly opened campus at UCL East, and through the Students’ Union.    

Please do let us know how we’re doing, so that we can develop the support and opportunities available for our students in close collaboration with you.    

In the meantime, over the coming months I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and hearing about your time at IOE. For now, I wish you every success with your programme.  

Professor Li Wei    
Director and Dean    
IOE, Faculty of Education and Society