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

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  • EDN204 Education Policy into Practice

    The module will introduce students to the factors in the contemporary relationship between politics and educational policies. It will consider the history of political change and educational change, and the various political determinants of policy change, the political system / parties, the media interest / pressure groups and societal ideologies about schools / schooling. Particular attention will be given to case studies of policy change in the last two decades, which show a variety of political contextual factors, political inputs, programme / policy characteristics and policy outcomes. Attention will also be given to the effect of globalization in generating an international discourse about education / schooling, and by so doing privileging certain policy formulations.

  • 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.

  • EDN308 Curriculum Studies

    This module is designed to enable students to develop an understanding of specific aspects of the core subjects of the National Curriculum for Mathematics, Science and English. Taught sessions will focus on identifying the factors that create an effective learning environment for pupils in schools and will address issues relevant to the primary and secondary phases. Particular attention will also be given to the cross-curricular responsibilities of literacy, numeracy and digital competency and how these provide a continuum of development across the age phases.

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