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. Until 2012, she co-edited the BSA journal Sociology and has just finished co-editing the BERA journal - British Educational Research Journal.
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.
She is currently leading the ‘Generations’ strand of the ESRC/WISERD Civil Society Research Centre and is involved in a number of projects exploring the education reform programme in Wales.
She is an elected fellow of the Learned Society for Wales and the Academy of Social Sciences.