Alison Fuller - Curriculum Vitae#

  • 1999 PhD ‘Qualifications, Adults and Social Change’, Institute of Education, University of London
  • 1985 BA Honours Linguistics (1) University of Lancaster.

  • Society for Educational Studies 2010 Book Prize (Highly Recommended) Improving Working as Learning, London: Routledge (Felstead, Fuller, Jewson and Unwin)
  • Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2005: Outstanding Paper in Education and Training, ‘The Gendered Nature of Apprenticeship: Employers’ and young people’s perspectives’, Fuller, Beck and Unwin)

National and International Policy Roles and Advice (selection)

UK Government (e.g. Richard Review of Apprenticeship), Government agencies (e.g. Quality Assurance Agency), UK Parliament Select Committees (e.g. specialist advisor on scrutiny of Apprenticeships Bill, 2009); 2014-15, International advisor to the NORDVET project (major study comparing approaches to vocational education and training in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, funded by NordForsk); 2015-2018, International Advisor to #Læringslivet (Learning life), funded by the Norwegian Research Council. International Advisor to the Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Helsinki.

Research funding

Recipient of 49 grants to date (total value £5.9m), 30 (£1.5m) as principal/sole investigator, from ESRC, UK Government/agencies, charitable foundations and EU.


Co/author of 185 publications, including 13 books and monographs.

Professional Activities

2013-17 Editor, Journal of Vocational Education and Training. Continuing member of editorial boards: Journal of Education and Work; Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Education and Training.

Selected reviewing duties
  • NORFACE Review and Evaluation Panel
  • ESRC Peer Review College and specific calls
  • European Science Foundation pool of reviewers
  • Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.

  • British Educational Research Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Advisory Committee for Researching Work and Learning Conference
  • International Network of Innovative Apprenticeship


External examination of PhD/EdD theses at 14 universities, UK and international; external examiner for EdD, University of Sheffield.

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