David Stanley Hill is a Marxist political and educational activist. He is Research Professor in Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England, and also Visiting Professor at the University of Limerick, Ireland, at the Kapodistrian and National University of Athens, Greece, and at Middlesex University, London. He was an elected Labour Party councillor for East Sussex County Council and Brighton Borough Council in the 1970s and 1980s, and has fought as a candidate in twelve local, national and European elections since 1972.Early lifeDave Hill was brought up in a working-class family from the East End of London. His mother was a dressmaker and his father, a cabinet maker and carpenter. Hill became the first in his family to go to a grammar school; he attended Westlain Grammar School in Brighton.Hill studied Politics and Modern History at Manchester University and subsequently gained master's degrees, one in politics and another in Education at the University of Sussex and a PhD at the London University Institute of Education under the supervision of Geoff Whitty. During the late 1970s and the early 1980s, he worked as a part-time photo-journalist for some of the Left Press in Britain, covering elections in Portugal, Spain and France for New Socialist, Labour Weekly and Tribune.