Professor of Education, University of Cambridge

Neil Mercer is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Vice-President of the college Hughes Hall. He is a psychologist with particular interests in the development of children’s spoken language and reasoning abilities, and the role of the teacher in that development. His research with Rupert Wegerif and Lyn Dawes generated the Thinking Together approach to developing children’s talk and reasoning skills, and he has worked extensively and internationally with teachers, researchers and educational policy makers on improving talk for learning in schools. His most recent books are Exploring Talk in School (with Steve Hodgkinson), Dialogue and the Development of Children’s Thinking and Interthinking: putting talk to work (both with Karen Littleton).


  • –present
    Professor of Education, University of Cambridge


Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society; Fellow of Hughes Hall; Fellow of the University of Cumbria