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Professor Kathy Sylva

Roles and subjects

Emeritus Fellow



Professor Kathy Sylva is an Emeritus Fellow and former Professorial Fellow of Jesus College and Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Oxford.

Academic Background

Harvard University, U.S.A.

Postgraduate Teaching

Child Development and Education M.Sc., developmental psychology, research methods, early years and primary education.

Research Interests

Early education and child care, early language and literacy, longitudinal research in development and education in developing countries.

Other Information

Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Enquiry into Affordable Childcare (2014-2015).
Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education (2001-2008).
Honorary degree from the Open University and Oxford Brookes University.
Specialist Adviser on Early Years to the Scottish Parliament (2005-2006).
Awarded OBE for services to children and families in 2008.


See also Professor Sylva‘s personal website and the Department of Education website.