Jan Vermunt

Professor Jan Vermunt


Jan is a Professor at the Faculty of Education, Director of Research and Co-Chair of the Psychology, Education and Learning Studies Research Group.

Jan Vermunt

Jan started as a Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge in October 2012. Before, he was a Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Previously he worked as a research associate, assistant professor, associate professor and full professor at several universities in The Netherlands and Belgium, among which the universities of Amsterdam, Tilburg, Leiden and Maastricht. In 1992 he received his PhD (cum laude) from Tilburg University with a thesis on student learning in higher education. 

From 2009 to 2013 Jan served as a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction EARLI. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Educational Research Review and Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training. With effect from 1 January 2014, he was elected as Editor-in-Chief of Learning and Instruction, one of the leading journals in the world in the fields of Educational Research and Educational Psychology. In 2016 he received an honorary doctorate in Educational Sciences from the University of Antwerp for his entire scientific work. He is outgoing Editor of the academic journal Learning and Instruction.

Research interests

The study of human learning has fascinated Jan since he started his studies in the Psychology of learning and education. In his scientific work he tries to integrate various perspectives on the study of learning, including cognitive, affective, motivational, social, domain specific, contextual and biological perspectives. Current research interests include, among others: how people integrate knowledge from different sources into a unified theory of practice; how people differ in their pathways to growth and development; how international students and staff psychologically adapt to new study and teaching cultures; and how learning environments can be created that are able to realize high quality learning processes.

His scientific work has been published in journals such as Learning and Instruction, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Teaching and Teacher Education, Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, Academic Medicine, and Medical Education. Some current and recent research projects Jan has worked on are Measurement of learning gains in higher education across disciplines, Evaluation of the Chief Residents’ Leadership and Management Programme in Medicine, Teacher learning and lesson study in mathematics higher order teaching and learning, and Student learning patterns in higher education.