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Professor Alison Wolf

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich


Alison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, and she sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. She specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce. The latter is particularly appropriate to the Chair she holds, established in memory of an influential government adviser on medical management. Alison's latest book is The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society (Profile Books 2013). 
Professor Wolf is the director of the MSc Public Policy & Management, which recruits students who are either already working in or planning a career in the public services (including the voluntary sector). She is also highly involved in policy debate, both in this country and more widely. She has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons select committee on education and skills; writes widely for the national press and is a presenter for Analysis on BBC Radio 4; and in March 2011 completed the Wolf Review of Vocational Education for the Secretary of State for Education. 

While most of her current work focuses on the interface between education institutions and labour markets, she also has long-standing interests in assessment, and in mathematics education. Professor Wolf was awarded the 2008 Sam Aaronovitch memorial prize for her article in Local Economy on the Leitch Review of Skills. She has been an adviser to, among others, the OECD, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Ministries of Education of New Zealand, France and South Africa, the European Commission, the International Accounting Education Standards Board, and the Bar Council. She was educated at the universities of Oxford (MA, MPhil) and Neuchatel; spent her early career in the United States working as a policy analyst for the federal government, and spent many years at the Institute of Education, University of London, where she is a visiting professor.  Professor Wolf was awarded the CBE for services to education in the Queen's 2012 birthday honours.  


MSc Public Policy & Management 

SSMM401 The Political Economy of the Public Services

SSMM407 Education and Training Policy and Practice

School roles

  • Director of MSc Public Policy & Management 
  • Academic Member of College Council

Contact details

Professor Alison Wolf
Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management
Tel + 44 (0)20 7848 3724
School of Management and Business
Franklin Wilkins Building
150 Stamford Street
London  SE1 9NH
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