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Professor Chris Downey

Professor Chris Downey

Professor of Education

Research interests

  • The relational capital of students and educators
  • Collaborative networks in the work of educational leaders 
  • Educators' use of and attitudes toward data in their professional practice

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Chris is a Professor of Education at the Southampton Education School and works for the Faculty of Social Sciences on projects supporting equity of student outcomes from our undergraduate and postgraduate provision.

He is also engaged in University-wide committees and projects, especially those focusing on access and particpation, educational enhancement and academic quality and standards. 

Chris recently served as Associate Dean Education for the Faculty of Social Sciences (2022-23), working with colleagues leading our education provision across the Faculty's five Schools (Southampton Business School, Southampton Education School, Southampton Law School, the School of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences).