Professor Chris Chapman, BSc (Hons), MA, PhD, FRSA, was Director of Policy Scotland from 2019 to 2021.
Professor Chapman is Chair of Educational Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow.
Chris is seconded part-time to Scottish Government as Senior Academic Adviser in the Learning Directorate where most of his work focuses on supporting the Scottish Attainment Challenge. He is also a member of the First Minister’s International Council of Education Advisers and President-elect of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement.
Professor Chris Chapman sits on on several Scottish Government working groups:
- Coronavirus (COVID 19): Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues, which is developing iterative operational guidance for providers of learning, childcare and children’s services.
- COVID Expert Advisory Sub-Group on Universities and Colleges
- COVID-19 Educational Recovery Group’s workstream focusing on disadvantaged learners
He also sits on the Welsh Government’s Academic Expert Group to advise on the development of their Educational Research Strategy and COVID-19 continuation of learning recovery plan.
Chris’s research focuses on the interaction between educational and public policy and practice, specifically in relation to the improvement of outcomes in disadvantaged settings. The recurring themes are leadership, improvement and effectiveness, collaboration, equity and organisational/system reform.
Before moving into academia Chris taught in challenging secondary schools in Birmingham where he undertook a part-time MA. He then completed his PhD thesis on intervention and improvement in schools in challenging circumstances.
He held academic and research posts at the universities of Nottingham and Warwick , before being appointed Professor of Education at the University of Manchester.