Sir Alan Tuckett

Sir Alan Tuckett

Professor of Education
University of Wolverhampton

Professor Sir Alan Tuckett OBE is Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, Past President of the International Council for Adult Education, and Honorary Fellow of UNESCO,s Institute for Lifelong Learning. After work in adult education in Brighton, where he helped start the British national adult literacy campaign, and London where he was Principal of a large institute, and created innovative programmes in inclusive learning and second chance programmes, he was Director and CEO of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education from 1988-2011. At NIACE he led a £45 million programme of research and development, and started annual Adult Learners’ Weeks, later adopted by UNESCO and spread to more than 50 countries, and advised ministers on lifelong learning. From 2011-2015 he led ICAE’s advocacy in the run up to the SDGs. He was appointed to the University of Wolverhampton in 2015. He has honorary doctorates from 8 universities, and Fellowships from City and Guilds and the College of Teachers. He has held visiting chairs at 6 universities the UK, Germany, Australia and India, and was elected to the International Hall of Fame for Adult Educators in 2006. He was awarded the OBE in 1996 and a knighthood in 2018.