Rachel Shanks is a senior lecturer in education at the University of Aberdeen. In the 1990s she was a law lecturer at Staffordshire University and worked for the TUC on its Bargaining for Skills project. She has also been a community education tutor and worked in the voluntary sector as an employment rights adviser. She moved into education research after doing a funded PhD on how new teachers learn in the workplace. Her current research is focused on professional learning and mentoring; children’s rights in education; and school uniform/dress code policies.