Iain Mansfield

Head of Education, Skills, Science and Innovation 2019-2020


Iain Mansfield was Head of Education, Skills, Science and Innovation at Policy Exchange. He is a former Special Adviser to Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson and to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng. Prior to that he was a senior civil servant at the Department for Education, where he was the principal official responsible for the design of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and worked on an extensive range of other topics in higher education, including the Higher Education and Research Act (2017), quality assurance, and student choice. He was part of the team that carried out the 2013 Triennial Review of the Research Councils. Iain has also worked as Head of Public Sector at the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants, a global professional education organisation, and has served as a University Governor. Publications include Higher Education Policy from a Government Perspective (chapter in Influencing Higher Education, Routledge, 2019); Selective Education and Progression to Higher Education (HEPI, 2019) and Openness not Isolation: A Blueprint for Britain Outside the EU (IEA, 2014), the winner of the Institute of Economic Affairs €100,000 Brexit.

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