Andrew Brown has dedicated most of his working life to education, and is driven by a commitment to education at all levels as a means of transforming lives. Having dropped out from a degree programme in theoretical physics, he worked as a kitchen porter and bingo caller before returning to university to study education, mathematics and psychology.
On graduation, he taught in primary and secondary schools and adult education in London and studied part-time for a Masters degree in sociology. Having served as a mathematics advisor and deputy/acting headteacher of an Inner London school, he joined the Institute of Education (IOE, now UCL Institute of Education) as a teacher educator, and studied part-time for a PhD in the Sociology of Education.
At IOE he has subsequently served as Interim Director, Pro-Director, Dean of the Faculty of Policy and Society and Dean of the Doctoral School. Over this period the IOE has been ranked number one in the world in the field of education (QS rankings) for four consecutive years and has been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Award for the quality and impact of its research.
He has been Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, served as a Director of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency and worked as an international consultant on teacher education and research capacity building projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Romania, Singapore and South Africa.
He has served as a governor of three primary schools and a secondary school in London. He is currently Professor of Education and Society and Pro-Vice-Provost (London) at UCL and Senior International Research Advisor at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Andrew has lived in East London for 40 years, and his son studied digital media at Barking and Dagenham College.