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Professor Anna Vignoles

Fellow, Director of Studies for the PGCE
Professor of Education

Anna Vignoles is a Professor of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, and Advisor to the Economic and Social Research Council.

Academic interests

Anna Vignoles' academic interests include:

  • Economics of education
  • Socioeconomic inequalities
  • Economic efficiency
  • Quantitative research methods.

Anna studies inequalities in education access and achievement and has published widely on widening participation into higher education and on the socioeconomic gap in pupil achievement.

Degrees obtained

  • BA Economics with Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, First Class Honours Degree.
  • PhD in Economics, University of Newcastle.


  • Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation.
  • Member of the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Board Member of Cambridge Enterprise.
  • Member of the advisory board of the Sutton Trust.
  • Associate Editor, Education Economics and the Cambridge Journal of Education.
  • Co-chair of The Cambridge Centre for Data Driven Discovery (C2D3).

Other interests

Anna uses large scale data, including administrative data, to study pupil achievement and outcomes after leaving education.

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Publications, links and resources

A list of Anna's publications can be found on the Faculty of Education website

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