Dr Olga Cara is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology of Education with mixed methods and quantitative methodology expertise and research interests in the relationship between ethnicity, language, and education as well as parental engagement. Olga has more than 15 years of experience in investigating EAL and ESOL related issues involving primary data as well as secondary analysis of large administrative datasets.
Professor Li Wei is Director and Dean of UCL Institute of Education, which was recently ranked World Number 1 for Education for the eighth year in a row. He was Director of the ESRC UBEL (UCL, Bloomsbury and East London) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), as well as Chair of the Bloomsbury Colleges Research Committee (IOE, Birkbeck, SOAS, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Royal Veterinary College). He was a member of the Education sub-panel for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Dr Vera Hutchinson has over 20 years’ experience of the Further, Adult, Vocational and Voluntary Education sector as a manager, teacher, teacher educator and researcher. Vera Hutchinson currently teaches on the Post-Compulsory PGCE in ESOL & Literacy and until recently was a programme leader for the Masters in Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy. She has also acted as the London Regional Lead for English at the Education and Training Foundation and was involved in various NRDC projects looking at ESOL provision. Vera had a lead training role for the national GCSE English Enhancement Programme.