Mary Wild is head of the school of education at Oxford Brookes University, having previously been principal lecturer (student experience), senior lecturer in child development and education, and subject coordinator for early childhood studies. Her research interests include early childhood literacy, children’s thinking; and the use of ICT to support learning. She has taught across a range of courses for practitioners and professionals in early years, and is a qualified teacher with experience in both the primary and early years sectors. She is a member of the National Strategy Group for the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network and of the Strategic Schools Partnership Board for Oxfordshire. Mary is a member of the British Psychological Society, the British Educational Research Association and UCET. In the charitable sector she is a patron of Quest for Learning and a member of the Learning Advisory Panel for the Story Museum.