Professor Alison Fuller BA, PhD
Director of Research
- Related links
Professor Alison Fuller is Director of Research within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.
Prior to joining the Southampton Education School at Southampton, Alison Fuller held research and academic posts at the Universities of Lancaster and Leicester. She completed her doctoral research on changing patterns of adult take up of qualifications at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Alison is currently Professor of Education and Work, and Head of the Lifelong and Work-Related Learning Research Centre at the University of Southampton. She has been conducting funded research in the fields of education – work transitions; vocational education, training and apprenticeship; patterns of adult participation in education, and workplace learning – since the mid 1980s and has published widely. Her most recent book, Improving Working as Learning, co-authored with Alan Felstead, Lorna Unwin and Nick Jewson, was published by Routledge in 2009 and won a prize from the Society of Educational Studies in 2010. Alison is a member of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills' Expert Panel.
With colleagues from the Institute of Education, National Institute for Social and Economic Research and the University of Bristol, Alison has been awarded ESRC funding to develop the 'Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies' (LLAKES). Alison's research in LLAKES is focusing on the role of city regions in in enhancing life-chances through education and training.
The first research report from this study, 'Economic Regeneration, Social Cohesion, and the Welfare-to-Work Industry: Innovation, Opportunity and Compliance in the City-Region' from this study is now available to download at http://www.llakes.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/U.-Economic-Regeneration-Social-Cohesion-and-the-Welfare-to-Work-Industry.pdf.
Alison is a founding member (with Susan Halford, Pauline Leonard (School of Social Sciences) and Catherine Pope (School of Health Sciences), of the Work Futures Research Centre, one of the University’s Strategic Research Groups. The Centre has created a multi-disciplinary network of researchers from across the University and provides a forum for the development of research ideas and projects focusing on a diverse range of work, learning and employment-related issues (http://www.soton.ac.uk/wfrc/).
Alison's recently funded projects include Non-participation in Higher Education: decision-making as an embedded social practice, commissioned by the ESRC; an evaluation of the Computer Clubs for Girls initiative for the South East of England Development Agency; research (with Julie Wintrup, School of Health Sciences and Jill Turbin) on progression to Higher Education from Apprenticeship (funded by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Lifelong Learning Network); research into workplace learning for hospital porters (with Lorna Unwin and Ian Laurie), funded by Southampton University Hospitals Trust; Creating and Supporting Expansive Apprenticeships (with Lorna Unwin), funded by the Learning and Skills Council; and an EU funded comparative study into the creation of 'hybrid qualifications' designed to give access to Higher Education and to the Labour Market. The study is being conducted in four countries, England, Germany, Austria and Denmark and has its own website from which reports can be downloaded: http://hq-lll.eu/.