Unit 5: Disseminating your research

R32: Conducting Research to Influence Policy

‌According to Burgess (2013) in an article in the Guardian ‘even politicians find it hard to ignore hard facts, and compelling research can help construct policy and predict outcomes’.  This sessions will explore the role of research in policy, its influence on policy and its role in evaluating the effectiveness of policy. It also aims to help you understand how you could influence policy with the research you conduct.

: Professor Alan Tuckett, OBE 

Alan Tuckett is Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, past president of the International Council of Adult Education, and a visiting professor at the University of Leicester and the International Institute for Adult Education in Delhi. He is an internationally recognised expert in adult education and advises UNESCO on 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, 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, 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




Vitae RDF descriptors addressed in this session are:

Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
This domain contains the knowledge and intellectual abilities needed to be able to carry out excellent research.

  • Knowledge base (A1)
  • Cognitive abilities (A2)

Engagement, influence and impact (D)
This domain contains the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage with, influence and impact on the academic, social, cultural and economic context.

  • Engagement and impact (D3)