News: Churchill Fellow awarded knighthood

Published: 13 Feb 2018

Author: Alan Tuckett
News: Churchill Fellow awarded knighthood

Congratulations to Churchill Fellow Alan Tuckett, who has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year honours list for services to adult learning.

Alan has been a lifelong campaigner for adult learning and for 23 years was Chief Executive of the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), now the Learning and Work Institute. In 1992 he launched Adult Learners’ Week, an annual celebration of adult education, which is now called the Festival of Learning and held across over 50 countries.

Alan was involved in starting the British adult literacy campaign in the 1970s and successfully campaigned during that decade to defend public spending on adult learning in west Sussex. In 1982 he travelled as a Churchill Fellow to Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe to study adult literacy initiatives.

In 1988 he took over at NIACE after a spell as principal of Clapham and Battersea Adult Education Institute in London. He stayed at NIACE until 2011, raising its turnover from less than £1million to £45million and increasing staff from less than 20 to 300. He substantially developed the research capacity of NIACE, turning them into the authoritative voice in Parliament on adult education.

After retiring from NIACE in 2011, Alan was elected President for the International Council for Adult Education, a role he carried out until 2015. He is currently Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, has 8 honorary doctorates and also authored hundreds of academic papers, and held visiting professorships all over the world. He was awarded an OBE in 1995.