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New Honorary Professor for the Institute of Lifelong Learning

Professor Tom Schuller, a new appointment to the University's Institute of Lifelong Learning

New Honorary Professor for the Institute of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning champion Professor Tom Schuller to join the University of Leicester.

Professor Tom Schuller, who is director of an independent inquiry into the future of lifelong learning in the UK, sponsored by the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education, has been appointed as an honorary professor in the Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning.

On his appointment, Professor Schuller said “I'm delighted to be associated with the University's Institute of Lifelong Learning. For me personally this continues a long involvement in university adult education. But I have a particular interest in the implications of demographic change and ageing populations, where the Institute has a strong presence. The Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning which I now direct will benefit greatly from this link."

Most recently Professor Schuller was Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), OECD, Paris, an international think-tank specialising in comparative policy analysis. Formerly Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Professor of Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck, University of London from 1999 to 2003, he was also co-director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning. He worked previously at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Warwick, at the Institute for Community Studies and for four years at OECD in the 1970s. He is the author or editor of some 15 books, and his research history covers many areas of lifelong learning, but also fields such as employee participation, social capital and the social study of time. He has been an adviser to governments on numerous issues, especially on lifelong learning.

Recent publications

Measuring the Social Outcomes of Learning (with Richard Desjardins, OECD 2007)

Evidence in Education: Linking Research and Policy (edited with Tracey Burns, OECD 2007)

The Benefits of Learning: The Impact of Education on Health, Family Life and Social Capital (with John Preston et al, RoutledgeFalmer 2004)

International Perspectives on Lifelong Learning (edited with David Istance and Hans Schuetze, Open University Press 2002)

Social Capital: Critical Perspectives (edited with Stephen Baron and John Field, OUP 2000)

Part-time Higher Education in Scotland (with David Raffe and others, Jessica Kingsley 1998)

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