Lee Elliot Major is Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter.

His Penguin book Social Mobility and Its Enemies has attracted attention across the world. He recently won a major UKRI grant to look at the social mobility impacts of the Covid crisis. His next book on social mobility is due to be published this autumn. His new book What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Social Mobility? has just been published.

His Bloomsbury book What Works?, provides evidence-informed tips for teachers to improve learning and follows on from his work helping to produce the EEF teaching and learning toolkit. Lee was one of the most vocal champions for the National Tutoring Programme recently announced by the Government.

He was formerly Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, a trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, and was previously a journalist for the Guardian and THES. He has a PhD in theoretical physics and was the first in his family to attend university. Lee was awarded an OBE in 2019. In July 2020 he was one of 20 people named in ‘People Management's Diversity and Inclusion Power List’.

He is an Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, an Associate of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, a Visiting Fellow at the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute. He is also an Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute of Education. He serves as a Governor at William Ellis School, and a trustee of the Ted Wragg Trust.