Dr Michelle Jones FRSA is recognized internationally as an expert in educational leadership, professional learning and blended/flipped learning. Before taking up her most recent academic post at the University of Swansea, she held a post at the University of Bath, and she was Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya, where she led on Academic Development and Internationalization.

Dr Jones' commitment to educational excellence has driven her entire career. In 2008 she was seconded to the Welsh Government, UK as an Education Adviser and co led the national implementation of the ‘Professional Learning Communities’ programme involving every school in Wales. She has been an Education consultant for the World Bank since 2010 contributing to several research and development projects, assisting school improvement in challenging circumstances in various regions in Russia.

Most recently, she has been working with government agencies in England, Russia, Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia assisting with the design and delivery of their leadership and professional learning programmes. Dr Jones is a Research Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Education and a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research University, Moscow Higher School of Economics. She is the co-editor of a well-established international journal ‘School Leadership and Management’ that publishes articles, reports, news and information on all aspects of the organisation and management of schools and colleges.


  1. Jones, M. The Inconvenient Truths of Leading Education reform
  2. Harris, A., Jones, M. Qualified to lead? A comparative, contextual and cultural view of educational policy borrowing Educational Research 58 2 166 178
  3. Harris, A., Jones, M. Professional learning communities and system improvement Improving Schools 13 2 172 181
  4. Jones, M. Professional learning communities in action
  5. Jones, M. Disciplined collaboration: Professional learning with impact

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  • EDN304 Leading and Managing in Education

    This module will introduce students to the factors in the nature of the individual and system that are related to their capacity to lead and manage in educational organisations. The historical trajectory of research and practice knowledge in the field will be outlined, including the move from advocacy of distributed leadership to institutional leadership. An examination will also be made of contemporary issues such as leadership for inclusivity / diversity and leadership for social justice, together with global perspectives on leadership.

  • EDPM07 Leading and Managing Change in Education

    This module is designed for those working with or within schools who are new to, or aspire to, a leadership role. This module will allow students to critically analyse the latest education research relating to leadership and management and will support students in conducting their own research focused on an identified area of leadership and management. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the key concepts in educational leadership and will be able to apply this knowledge to issues of change or challenge within their own context. Students will receive guidance to help them identify their own leadership strengths and to identify their future professional needs. The module will provide knowledge and understanding of how to lead change at the classroom, school and system level.

  • EDPM20 Research Methods

    This module will provide an overview of research methodology in preparation for the research aspects and requirements of the Masters programme. It will cover the main aspects of social science research and will guide participants through research design, data collection, data analysis and data representation. The course will offer a guide to the main steps involved in planning and designing a research project and will offer advice on how to practically manage this process. It also will include consideration of how to select and refine research questions, how to conduct a literature review and the ethical considerations that may arise within a social science setting.


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Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Head of Department - Swansea University School of Education

    2018 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2016 Deputy Director Institute of Educational Leadership University of Malaya, Malaysia

External Responsibilities

  • Professional Adviser, Welsh Government

    2012 - 2012

  • Research Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Education

    2012 - Present

  • Senior Research Fellow, National Research University, Moscow Higher School of Economics

    2012 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Teacher Training Incentives in Wales: International policy context (ITER 002) 2019 - 2019

    , with Professor Alma Harris, Education Workforce Wales

  • ‘The Teaching- Research Nexus in the Humanities and Social Science in Higher Education 2018 - 2019

    , with Professor Alma Harris, British Academy