University of Cambridge
Diane Reay grew up as a free school meal pupil on a large council estate and was the first in her family to go to university. She became an inner city, primary school teacher for 20 years, trying to make education a more positive experience for working class children than it had been for her. It was her failure to achieve this that led to a change in direction and a research career in order to understand working class educational failure. She is now a Visiting Professor at the LSE and Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge. She has researched extensively over the past 30 years in the areas of social class, gender and ethnicity across primary, secondary and post-compulsory stages of education. Her latest book Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes, was published by Policy Press in 2017.