Alison Wolf CBE is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, and she sits as a cross-bench peer (Baroness Wolf of Dulwich) 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
- the role of universities in modern societies
- the medical workforce.
The latter is particularly appropriate to the Chair she holds, established in memory of an influential government adviser on medical management. She currently directs the MSc in Executive Management.
Alison has been seconded part-time to central government since 2020, as an expert adviser on skills and manpower policy. In 2019 she delivered the annual King's lectures, on 'Universities. the economy and the state'. In February 2018, she was appointed to the English Government's Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, as a member of the independent expert panel.
The report of the panel ('the 'Augar Review') was published in 2019: the government has published an interim response, accepting some of the key recommendations. In 2015/16 she was a member of the independent panel on technical education, chaired by Lord David Sainsbury, whose report formed the basis of the Government's 2016 Skills Plan.
In March 2011 she completed the The Wolf Report for the English government. Alison 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.
While most of Alison's current work focuses on the interface between education institutions and labour markets, she also has long-standing interests in assessment, and in mathematics education. She was the founding Chair of Governors of the King's College London Mathematics School, established by King's College London and continues to be a governor of the school. 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.
Alison's books and monographs include The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society (Profile Books 2013) and Remaking Tertiary Education (Resolution Foundation 2016): she has also published widely in applied economics and education journals. She was educated at the universities of Oxford (MA, MPhil) and Neuchatel.
Alison spent her early career in the United States working as a policy analyst for the federal government, and worked for many years at the Institute of Education, University of London. Alison was awarded the CBE for services to education in the Queen's 2012 birthday honours.
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Wolf, A., 1 Aug 2020, In: European Review. 28, S1, p. S28-S43 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1062798720000885
Wolf, A., Augar, P., Crewe, I., de Rojas, J., Peck, E. & Robinson, B., May 2019, Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 210 p. Research output: Book/Report › Book
Wolf, A., 2019, Campus Meltdown: The Deepening Crisis in Australian Universities. Coleman, W. (ed.). Redland Bay Australia: Connor Court Publishing, p. 145-171 26 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Wolf, A. & Jenkins, A., 4 Oct 2018, In: HIGHER EDUCATION QUARTERLY. 72, 4, p. 286-303 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12162
Wilkinson, B. J., Wolfe, C. D. A. & Wolf, A. M., 2018, The Policy Institute at King's. 61 p. Research output: Book/Report › Report › peer-review
Jenkins, A. & Wolf, A., 15 Sep 2016, UCL Institute of Education, p. 1-49, (Department of Quantitative Social Science (DoQSS) Working Papers). Research output: Working paper/Preprint › Working paper
Wolf, A. & Jenkins, A., Aug 2014, In: British Educational Research Journal. 40, 4, p. 585-609 25 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3110
Wolf, A., 25 Apr 2013, Profile Books. 464 p. Research output: Book/Report › Book
Wolf, A., 2012, The Role of Elites in Economic Development. Amsden, A. H., DiCaprio, A. & Robinson, J. A. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 120-139 20 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Wolf, A. & Dept. for Education, Great Britain, 7 Mar 2011, n/a ed. London: TSO (The Stationery Office). 196 p. Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report