Professor Tom Schuller has been appointed Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI).
The Centre for Educational Research and Innovation carries out studies and promotes an international dialogue about education across OECD countries. It is a focal point for information and discussion on trends in education systems throughout the industrialised world. CERI has promoted research and innovation in education in OECD countries for over 30 years. Its activities aim to:
Professor Schuller's previous position was Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education at Birkbeck, University of London, the United Kingdom's premier provider of part-time higher education, and as a founding co-director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, funded directly by the Department for Education and Skills. Before that he worked in the universities of Glasgow, Warwick and Edinburgh, and for 4 years at CERI in the 1970s. Over the past few years he has held many policy advisory positions, including currently membership of the French Prime Minister's Commission du débat national sur l'avenir de l'école, and is an Executive Committee member of the European Society for Research in the Education of Adults.
He has published 14 books and over 100 articles on a wide range of issues, including ageing, pensions and industrial democracy as well as lifelong learning and human and social capital. His latest books include International Perspectives on Lifelong Learning (2002 McGraw Hill, edited with David Istance and Hans Schuetze), Social Capital: Critical Perspectives (2000 Oxford UP, with Stephen Baron and John Field), and The Benefits of Learning (Routledge, forthcoming 2004).
Professor Schuller has a Masters degree from the University of Oxford, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from London University and a doctorate from the University of Bremen. He previously held positions at the universities of Edinburgh, Warwick and Glasgow, and worked for four years at OECD in the 1970s. Professor Schuller is of British nationality. He is married with two children.