Towards an inclusive and engaged democracy (Alan Tuckett lecture)
Towards an inclusive and engaged democracy:
Universities, Learning Cities and Engaging Under-Represented Communities
We live in a fierce new world, where accelerating inequality, climate change, economies dislocated by technological change and globalisation, migration and the resurgence of nationalism and radical religion all pose challenges to informed democratic debate; and where medical and biological advances leave societies facing major ethical choices. What is the responsibility of universities to the communities in which they sit, to strengthen capacity to engage in that debate, and to better serve under-represented groups. The lecture will explore these issues, and examine how far the emergence of learning cities offer a mechanism for wider engagement.
This event is part of the Graduate School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series and is organised with the support of the Institute of Advanced Studies and Bristol Learning City. The lecture is part of a project organised by the UK Student Recruitment Team looking at new work the University can do to recruit and engage local, mature students.
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 for 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 (NIACE), 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, as a member of the Inter-Ministerial Skills Alliance, and has forty years of governance experience.