Dr Duna Sabri took up the role of Director of the Academic Development Fund at UAL in December 2018. She started her career as a researcher at Royal Holloway's Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies and Equal Opportunities Unit before embarking on ten years in educational development at the University of Oxford. After completing a part-time doctorate in the assumptive worlds of academics and higher education policy makers she taught on two Masters courses in Education and began another ten years as a freelance researcher working on a range of policy problems using quantitative and qualitative methods. She was commissioned to conduct institutional research by six universities with diverse missions and co-authored a national HE research review on inequality in students' outcomes. Throughout this time she has continued an association with the Centre for Public Policy Research at King's College London, as Visiting Research Fellow. Her publications focus on the discourse of HE policy, 'the student experience', the absence of the academic from HE policy and the social impact of numbers on relationships within HE. Her current interests are the causal mechanisms that underlie institutional and global inequality in HE and approaches to building social justice.