Anna Vignoles is a Professor of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. Anna undertakes research into how we can improve students’ academic achievement and help them develop the skills they need in the labour market. She has a particular interest in researching the inequalities we see in access to education (globally) and, in the UK context, the lower levels of educational success of children from poorer families. She also studies the economic and social outcomes from education. Anna has been advisor to Dame Shirley Pearce’s Teaching Excellence Framework review, is on The Sutton Trust Advisory Board and has advised numerous government departments, including the Department for Education, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury.