Professor Sue Maguire

Professor Sue Maguire has been engaged in policy-related research focusing on education, employment and training since 1988. Most of that work has involved studies of policy initiatives, which have informed, and helped to shape, the direction of policy in Britain. A particular focus of her work has been the post-16 transitions of disadvantaged and disaffected young people faced with diminishing labour market opportunities and increasing employer demand for skills and qualifications.  

Her main posts have been: Professorial Fellow (2010- 2015) and Principal Research Fellow (2004-2010) at the Centre for Education and Industry, University of Warwick; Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Policy, University of Loughborough (1999-2004); and Research Associate at the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester (1988-1993). 

During that time, she has developed considerable expertise in leading evaluations of national policy initiatives, which have focused on identifying what works, and what does not work, as well as writing policy recommendations based on evidence from a range of national and local stakeholders.

The expertise, knowledge and understanding she has accrued has been widely recognised, as evidenced by an invitation to attend a meeting at the Cabinet Office, as part of the Government Review of Interventions for 16-24-year olds, and subsequently invited by the Deputy Prime Minister to a private seminar, to discuss provision for 16-24-year olds and the transition from school to the workplace (2014). In October 2013, she provided written and oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Sub Committee B Inquiry into youth unemployment. In 2016, she was made an Honorary Professor at the Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath.