Alan Tuckett is Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, past president of the International Council of Adult Education, an Honorary Fellow of the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning and is a Distinguished professor at the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education in Delhi. He is an internationally recognised expert in adult education and advises UNESCO and recently the World economic Forumon adult and lifelong learning. From 1988-2011 he was Chief Executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, where he led a research and development programme totalling some £45 million, advised ministers on adult learning policy, and created the annual Adult Learners’ Week. He has served as President of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (1999-2003), was a member of the Inter-Minoisterial Skills Alliance, and has forty years of governance experience. He writes widely – his most recent book is ‘Seriously Useless Learning’ co-authored with Ian Nash. Alan has undertaken consultancy for the governments of Singapore, Australia, the Palestinian National Authority, the UK Government Office for Science Foresight programme, UNESCO and the European Union, as well as for the National Trust, and Channel 4, among others. Alan was awarded the OBE in 1995, and has honorary doctorates from 8 universities. He was inducted into the International Hall of Fame of Adult Educators (University of Oklahoma) 2006.
Alan has held visiting professorships at Essen and Wurzburg in Germany, at UTS (fellowhip)and RMIT in Australia, at Leicester, Nottingham and Bristol in Englandl He chairs the Phoenix independent cinema in Leicester.