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Launch of Voices in the Air: Making sense of policy and practice in education by Chris Husbands

UCL IOE Press hosted a book launch party last Monday, celebrating the publication of Chris Husbands’ new book, Voices in the Air.

This dynamic new collection of journalism and policy commentary was written during Professor Husbands’ directorship at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). Friends, colleagues and journalists turned up to the launch held at Blackwell’s Bookshop at the IOE.

The evening began with a warm welcome Chris Husbands Book Launchfrom Laura McInerney, the editor of Schools Week. Laura talked about how she picked up the book on her first day of holiday and was in ‘tears – and hysterics’ by the time she got to page 3. A wave of glee rose from the guests as Laura remarked on blog posts covering topics ranging from a 1940s Meccano manual to the case against grammar schools.

Laura concluded by asking, ‘What do school exams and phone hacking have in common?’ She advised the audience to read page 81 to find out.

Following Laura’s amusing presentation, Professor Husbands stepped forward to reflect on the art of blogging and his thoughts and experiences as Director.

Other guests at the launch included Becky Francis, new Director of the UCL Institute of Education, Mary Stiasny, Geoff Whitty, Titus Alexander and Hugh Starkey.


Professor Chris Husbands has been Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016. He was Director of the Institute of Education between 2011 and 2015, leading the merger of the IOE with UCL.

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