Anna Vignoles appointed Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation

20 October 2015

The Nuffield Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Anna Vignoles to its Board of Trustees.

Professor Vignoles is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and is a Visiting Professor at the UCL Institute of Education. Anna is also the economist member of the NHS Pay Review Body, an Associate Editor for The Cambridge Journal of Education and Education Economics and a member of the ESRC Evaluation Committee. Until September 2015 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Anna has advised numerous government departments, including the Department for Education, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury. She provided advice to the Browne Review of Higher Education Funding, the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee investigation of higher education funding, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee, as part of their inquiry into education and training opportunities for young people, and Lord Leitch's Review of Skills.

Professor Vignoles’ research interests focus on widening participation in higher education, social mobility, the impact of school resources on pupil achievement and on the socio-economic gap in pupil achievement. 

Professor David Rhind, Chairman of the Nuffield Foundation said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Vignoles to the Nuffield Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Her extensive experience as a researcher and a policy adviser will be of great value to the Foundation, both in relation to our grant-making and the role we play in ensuring the work we fund has impact on policy.”

Professor Anna Vignoles said: “As an economist who specialises in education I share the Nuffield Foundation’s commitment to the value of independent and rigorous research evidence to the policy-making process. I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees and staff to ensure we are doing all we can to achieve the Foundation’s aim of improving social well-being.”

Professor Anna Vignoles’ term as Trustee began on 12 October 2015. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of five years, with a maximum total term of twelve years. A list of the Nuffield Foundation’s Trustees is available at: