Professor Tom Schuller

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01 April 2021

Professor Tom Schuller

In his role as Chair, Professor Tom Schuller (MA, PGCE, DrPhil) oversees every aspect of the PLA Steering Committee, chairing quarterly Committee meetings, and ensuring that PLA functions with a valuable independent voice at its heart.

Tom brings to the PLA significant academic expertise in adult education, alongside a long-standing interest in prison education. In the last decade, he has directed the UK national inquiry into the future of lifelong learning (IFLL) and co-authored its final report, Learning Through Life (NIACE – now Learning and Work Institute, 2009); been the principal editor of UNESCO’s 3rd Global Report on Adult Learning (2016); and published a book on how and why women’s competences are under-rewarded (The Paula Principle). He has chaired the governing board of the Working Men’s College in Camden for eleven years and is a visiting professor at the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Wolverhampton. Tom also served as a member of Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET)’s Learning Matters Advisory Group from 2012.

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