UCL Institute of Education Press

The UCL Institute of Education, a graduate college of the University of London until December 2014, is now a school of University College London. Mirroring this change, IOE Press changed its name to UCL IOE Press in February 2016. In this new role we remain passionate about furthering education in its broadest sense, for all, and supporting those who make it possible. Our work is rooted in a commitment to truth, critical reason, and social justice. It is through the Institute’s independent voice and unique breadth and depth of specialism, across the foundation disciplines of education, the social sciences, and the humanities, that we are able to make an exceptionally rich and insightful contribution to this vital endeavour.

In Professor Richard Aldrich’s account of the history of the Institute, The Institute of Education 1902-2002: A Centenary History (IOE Press: 2002), he notes that:

‘The period between the formation of the Institute of Education in 1932 and the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 was of great importance. Advanced work was developed, a Commonwealth and broader international role assumed, prestigious lectures and publications initiated…’

Aldrich demonstrates how the Institute has always had a strong commitment to sharing knowledge through public engagement and publishing in and for education. Since then, our publishing programme has expanded and our books are available worldwide through a network of trusted partners.

UCL IOE Press is a university press that aims to meet the needs of UK and international practitioners, students, and scholars while complementing the Institute’s mission to pursue excellence in education and related areas of social science and professional practice. Innovation and quality underpin all of our work, and our books receive regular attention in the media, ensuring that UCL IOE Press is able to position our authors and their work at the heart of contemporary debate contributing to knowledge, developing practice, and generating impact.

While UCL IOE Press is a relatively new university press, as Aldrich underlines, our commitment to publishing the best books in education and social research extends back to the origins of the IOE itself.


Trentham Books

In 2012, UCL IOE Press acquired Trentham Books to join our growing publishing programme as an imprint. It was founded by educationalists Professor John Eggleston and Dr Gillian Klein in their spare time and grew out of the practitioners’ journal they set up in 1982 on multicultural education, now called Race Equality Teaching, which Gillian still edits. Gillian continues as the Publisher of Trentham Books, securing the legacy of this unique and valued imprint.

Trentham Books is at the leading edge of education and social justice. It publishes groundbreaking books and has blazed a trail in developing educational provision for bilingual learners, refugee children, Travellers, and other minorities, and in challenging bigotry and discrimination in schools and society.

Trentham Books has attracted big names such as Harold Rosen, Tariq Modood, Lynn Davies, and Jim Cummins. But it is the many first-time authors who add so much to its distinctive character, from Robin Richardson’s Daring to be a Teacher (1990), to Kehinde Andrews’s account of Saturday schools, Resisting Racism (2013). Were it not for Trentham Books, many significant voices would not be heard.

Trentham has won awards for both its design and content from, among others, the TES, NASEN, the Standing Conference of Studies in Education, and the Independent Publishers Guild. In 2009, Gillian was awarded an honorary doctorate for ‘Trentham’s services to education’.