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International honour for education professor


A University of Wolverhampton professor who is a leading authority on adult education has received a top honour in recognition of his achievements.

Professor Alan Tuckett has been awarded the distinction of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Honorary Fellow.

The award recognises Professor Tuckett’s significant contribution to the development of lifelong learning on a global scale and his dedication to working in this area.

Professor Tuckett has been Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton since January 2015.

He said: “I am deeply honoured by this award. The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning leads the world in my area of work, so I am naturally flattered to be recognised in this way.”

The award was presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at the UIL in Hamburg, Germany.

From 1988-2011 Alan Tuckett was Chief Executive of NIACE, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, advising ministers, parliamentarians, policy makers and practitioners on adult and lifelong learning issues. At NIACE he started Adult Learners’ Week as an annual festival in 1992, which spread to 55 countries.

Alan has extensive international experience, and advises UNESCO on lifelong learning.  He was President of the International Council for Adult Education 2011-2015, has undertaken work in more than 50 countries. 

He has honorary doctorates from eight universities, is a visiting professor at Leicester University, and at the Indian Institute for Adult Education in New Delhi.  He is a fellow of City and Guilds of London Institute, and of the College of Teaching.  He was awarded the OBE in 1995 and inducted to the International Hall of Fame of Adult Educators in 2006.


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Date Issued: 29th September 2016

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