Cyfarwyddwr WISERD, Director of WISERD Education
Cardiff University

Prior to joining the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University in 2004 as a Professorial Fellow, Sally Power was based at the Institute of Education, University of London, where she was Head of the School of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies and Director of the Education Policy Research Unit. Before that she also worked at the Universities of Bristol, Warwick and West of England. 

Her research interests focus on the relationship between education, civil society and inequality, and particularly social class differentiation, as well as the relative success and failure of education policies designed to promote greater equality of opportunity.

Alongside her role as Director of WISERD, she co-directs the WISERDEducation Multi-Cohort Study (WMCS) and an ESRC project on ‘Excluded Lives’ which, in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast, and the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, examines the nature of school exclusions across the UK.  She is also a Theme Leader within the ESRC/WISERD Civil Society Research Centre.

She is an elected fellow of the Learned Society for Wales and the Academy of Social Sciences.

Nawddogaeth, elîtau a pherthnasau pŵer
Mae Nawddogaeth, elîtau a pherthnasau pŵer yn ystyried systemau nawddogaeth o fewn cymdeithas sifil a’r cysylltiadau rhwng cymdeithas sifil, haeniad dinesig a ffurfio elîtau. Mae’n ystyried gwreiddiau a phenllanw noddwyr mewn sefydliadau cymdeithas sifil, yn ogystal ag
Research Team:
Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Sally Power (Cardiff University)
The changing frontiers of the state and civil society in education: a comparative analysis of France and Wales
This project, facilitated through WISERD and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, is exploring the contrasting relationship between education, the state and civil society in Wales and France. France and the UK provide two important contexts in which to explore these issues as
Research Team:
Sally Power (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Daniel Frandji (TRIANGLE), Philippe Vitale (LAMES-MMSH, AMU)
Development of the new curriculum in Pioneer schools
Research Questions How are Pioneer Schools developing the new curriculum in a way which benefits all learners? What are Pioneer Schools doing to ensure that the implementation of the new curriculum benefits all learners, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds? What
Research Team:
Sally Power (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Nigel Newton (Cardiff University)
SEREN Network Evaulation Mae’r cynnwys hwn ond ar gael yn Saesneg. Cewch eich cyfeirio at y fersiwn Saesneg drwy glicio.
Research Team:
Sally Power (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Suhaer Yunus (Cardiff University)
WISERDEducation Multi Cohort Study
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Research Team:
Sally Power (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Constantino Dumangane Jr. (Cardiff University), Rhian Barrance (Cardiff University), Dr. Jennifer May Hampton (Cardiff University), Daniel Evans (Cardiff University), Kimberly Horton (Cardiff University), Kathryn Sharp, Kevin Smith (Cardiff University), Mirain Rhys (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
The intergenerational transmission of ‘civic virtues’: the role of the family in civil society engagement
Overview Within the social science literature, the relationship between the family and civil society is complex and contradictory. While some theories place the family as the cornerstone of civil society, others put the family firmly outside civil society. Indeed, it is
Research Team:
Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Sally Power (Cardiff University), Esther Muddiman (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University)
Tracking the progress of Assisted Place holders thirty years on
Overview The Assisted Places Scheme was introduced in 1980 by the Conservative Government in order to provide a ‘ladder of opportunity’ for academically able students from poor homes. Over the next 17 years, more than 75,000 pupils received means-tested assistance from
Research Team:
Sally Power (Cardiff University), Stuart Sims
LINK-Wales: The Learning in Wales Network
Overview This project focused on increasing the engagement between local authorities and the higher education research community in Wales by reviewing current local authority education research capacity and activity in Wales and identifying factors that had an impact on
Research Team:
Sally Power (Cardiff University), Jamie Lewis, Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Mark Connolly, Gerran Thomas, Susan Wyn Jones
Evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant
Overview The Pupil Deprivation Grant was introduced in 2012-13 and provides schools with additional resource to raise levels of achievement of a particular group of economically disadvantaged learners. This two-year evaluation looked at how schools have used this new grant
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Sally Power (Cardiff University), Samuel Waldron, Mirain Rhys (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Evaluating the Foundation Phase
WISERD undertook an independent evaluation of the Foundation Phase early years education policy for the Welsh Government. The Foundation Phase (FP) is an early intervention approach to learning for all children aged three to seven years in Wales. It is based on principles of
Research Team:
Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Trisha Maynard, David Blackaby (Swansea University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Laurence Moore, Ian Plewis, Sally Power (Cardiff University), Samuel Waldron, Mirain Rhys (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Journal Articles
Young people, family relationships and civic participation
This article examines young people’s civic participation and the extent to which this is influenced by the family. Although literature on young people’s civic participation is abundant, the role of the family in influencing this participation is largely absent. Drawing on...
Civil Society | Tachwedd 2018
Working Paper
Trust-transparency paradoxes: proceedings of an international conference
This short publication presents the main proceedings of an international conference held at Sciences Po Lyon, France, on 4 May 2018. The symposium pulled together several research initiatives around the central theme of trust–transparency paradoxes. Trust (and its corollary...
Journal Articles
Civil Society: Bringing the family back in
This paper explores the complex and contradictory positioning of the family within civil society literature. In some accounts, the family is seen as the cornerstone of civil society. In others, the family is positioned firmly outside – even antithetical to – civil society...
Civil Society | Chwefror 2018
Journal Articles
The politics of education and the misrecognition of Wales
This paper examines the positioning of the Welsh education system within contemporary policy debate and analysis. It begins by outlining some of the ways in which education policy and provision in Wales differs from that of its neighbour, England, and then goes on to...
Education | Ionawr 2016
Seminar Growing up in Wales: young people’s perspectives and prospects
28 Tachwedd 2018 |
Over the past six years, the WISERDEducation Multi Cohort Study (WMCS) has made an important contribution to understanding the lives of young people in Wales, by conducting an annual survey of over 1,000 young people, aged eight to 18-years-old. A...
Conference Symposium: Family and Civil Society: across the generations
20 Tachwedd 2018 |
Hosted by WISERD, this one day symposium will explore the role of the family in civil society engagement and the significance of intergenerational transmission in relation to political participation, trade unions and Euroscepticism. The day will also...
Conference Changing Wales: WISERD at 10
17 Hydref 2018 |
The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) will be celebrating ten years of research that has helped address some of the key social challenges facing Wales on Wednesday 17th October. This invitation only event will...
Conference Trust-Transparency Paradoxes
4 Mai 2018 |
This free one day conference explores the overarching theme of trust-transparency paradoxes. The conference panels are organised on:- 1. The relationship between trust and transparency in a context of multi-level governance: 2. The links between...
The Role of the Family in Civil Society
11 Hydref 2017 |
Open to: Public, staff and students Presenters: Dr Kate Miles, Dr Esther Muddiman, Professor Sally Power and Professor Chris Taylor (Cardiff University) In much of the literature, the family is positioned firmly outside - even antithetical to - civil...