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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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Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)


Chris Downey currently serves as Associate Dean Education for the Faculty of Social Sciences and as Professor of Education at the Southampton Education School.

In his role as Associate Dean Education, Chris supports colleagues leading our education provision across five Schools:

  • Southampton Business School
  • Southampton Education School
  • Southampton Law School
  • School of Mathematical Sciences 
  • School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences    

Chris works with the Dean, a team of Deputy Heads of School (Education) and elected student representatives to develop, implement and review our Faculty Education Strategy. He is also engaged in University-wide committees and projects, especially those focusing on access and particpation, educational enhancement and academic quality and standards. 

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