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International honour for Cornwall College Governor

Published: November 3, 2016

The Cornwall College Group Corporate

A Cornwall College Governor 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 was appointed as a governor on 1 June 2012 and Chairs the Excellence and Experience Committee; he has also been Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton since January 2015.

Professor Tuckett 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.”

From 1988-2011 Profressor 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.

Acting CEO and Prinicipal of The Cornwall College Group, Raoul Humphreys, concluded: “This is a tremendous honour for Professor Tuckett, but one which is thoroughly deserved!  Alan has worked tirelessly to support adult learners and to improve access to education across the globe and we are delighted that he continues to influence international policy; he is a tremendous ambassador for The Cornwall College Group.”

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