About me

If you want to know where I learned the things I write about on this site, here is a short outline of my career since graduating from the University of York in 1967.

1964-1967 University of York BA English
1967-1968 Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria Lecture in English Literature
1968-1969 University of Kent MA English & American Literature
1969-1971 Monkwearmouth College of Further Education, Sunderland Lecturer in English & General Studies
1971-1974 Workers Educational Association Tutor Organiser for North West Sussex
1974-1977 West Sussex County Council Assistant Area Education Officer
1977-1984 Essex County Council County Adult Education Officer
1984-1992 National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) Head of Unit for the Development of Adult Continuing Education
1992 Further Education Unit Deputy Director
1992-1998 NIACE Director for Research and Higher Education (half time)
Department of Employment Higher Education Adviser (half time)
1999-2006 University of Surrey Professor and Head of School of Education
2004-5 National Health Service University Head of School
2003- 2010 University of Surrey, then NIACE Director, Centre for Research into the Older Workforce
2006- 10 NIACE Head of Older People’s Learning
2010- NIACE Senior Research Fellow (ongoing)
2006 – Freelance Work on ageing and learning for various agencies

I could not have achieved any of this without the support, encouragement and friendship of a host of other people. Some of the key ones are listed here.  I have also made a short list of books which have had a particular influence on my thinking, which you can find here .