Arise, Sir Alan Tuckett – Friends Centre President and Knight Bachelor

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Alan Tuckett speaking at Friends Centre in 2017
Alan Tuckett delivers a speech at Friends Centre’s 70th birthday event.

Our president, Sir Alan Tuckett OBE recently received a most distinguished honour for his decades of work and campaigning for adult eductaion.

Sir Alan is President of Friends Centre, Professor of Education at University of Wolverhampton, an adult education specialist and lifelong campaigner. He was the Chief Executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) from 1988 to 2011, and President of the International Council for Adult Education from 2011 to 2015.

He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours in 2018 for services to education, particularly for his work in adult learning. He first worked at Friends Centre in his mid-20s, becoming principal of Friends Centre, which was housed at Friends Meeting House until 2005. He was an avid campaigner for funding in adult education, working hard to provide valuable services for the local community. When Brighton council proposed funding cuts for adult education, Alan organised a week-long, round-the-clock teach-in. “Half the people who came had never been to adult education classes before. By the end of it, the leader of the council admitted he’d been badly advised.” You can read more about Alan’s life in this Guardian article.

Throughout his career – at NIACE, in Brighton and in London, where he became Principal of Clapham Battersea Adult Education Institute in his early thirties, Sir Alan has always worked to include those who were put off from education earlier in life.

We’re thrilled that Sir Alan has received this honour, and continues to support Friends Centre after all these years. We’d like to congratulate him and thank him for his efforts to make adult education what it is today. We wish him the best of luck in continuing to campaign for adult education in the UK.


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