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Tom Schuller

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Birth Date - Death Date




Personal Data




  •   Master’s degree from Oxford University
  •  Post-graduate certificate in education from the University of London
  • Ph.D. from Bremen University in Germany  








  • Worked at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Warwick, at the Institute for Community Studies and for four years at OECD in 1970.
  • 1999-2003   Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Professor of Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck, University of London, also co-director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning.
  • 2003-2008 Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), OECD, Paris. 
  •  2008-2010 he directed the independent Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning, sponsored by the UK’s National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education
  • Professor Tom Schuller is currently director of Longview, a UK think-tank promoting the value of longitudinal and life course research




Awards and Honors



Membership-Professional Organizations

  • UK Academy of Social Sciences.
  • Adult Education International Hall of Fame.
  • Chair, Governing Board, Working Men’s College (London) - Europe's oldest continuous adult education college.




  • Understanding the Social Outcomes of Learning (with Richard Desjardins, OECD 2007)
  • The Paula Principle book.
  • Evidence in Education: Linking Research and Policy (edited, with Tracey Burns, OECD 2007)
  • The Benefits of Learning: The Impact of Education on Health, Family Life and Social Capital (with John Preston et al, RoutledgeFalmer 2004)
  • International Perspectives on Lifelong Learning (edited with David Istance and Hans Schuetze, Open University Press 2002).
  • Social Capital: Critical Perspectives (edited with Stephen Baron and John Field, OUP 2000) Part-time Higher Education in Scotland (with David Raffe and others, Jessica Kingsley 1998)
  • Life After Work (with Michael Young, HarperCollins 1991).




Professional Interest Areas

  • Life course analysis, including empirical, applied and theoretical work
  •  Social capital and its application to educational policy and practice
  • Lifelong learning generally




Major Contributions to Adult Education


  • Teaching some coerces related to lifelong learning.
  •  Publishing some books and articles in adult education and lifelong learning.




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