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Lyn carries out research within the broad area of community education and lifelong learning and in particular investigates the factors that can lead to the exclusion of adults from post-compulsory education and the action that might be taken to promote social inclusion.  She has a particular interest in the adult literacies sector and has been involved in many projects in this area.  She is currently investigating how experienced practitioners are responding to reductions in funding for their work.  She has also just completed a project with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh that have followed some mature, non-traditional students over a ten-year period from their first entrance to the university.  This research has identified the importance of supportive relationships between students, staff and peers in encouraging retention.

Initially she worked as an adult education development officer for Argyll and Bute Council's community education service and then became deputy director of the Scottish Community Education Council.  Her first academic post was at the Moray House Institute of Education where she was the Director of Community Education. Her next appointment was as Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Higher and Community Education, at the University of Edinburgh. She was awarded a personal chair in Community Education and Lifelong Learning there in 2002 and became Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Moray House School of Education in 2008. She is currently an Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh. She joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012 on a part-time basis as Professor of Community Education.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Adult literacy and numeracy:
  • The impact of international, national and local policies on pedagogy and practice 
  • Effective teaching, learning and assessment strategies 
  • The overall impact of programmes on the participants’ identities
  • Access and retention in higher education:
  • The role of staff and peer relationships 
  • The impact of different policy conceptualisations of social justice
  • The impact of class, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality on outcomes

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching
  • Pedagogy and Education
  • Learning
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Higher Education
  • Pedagogics
  • Education Research
  • Communities of Practice

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literacy Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
university Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
working class Social Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Adult literacy practitioners and employability skills: Resisting neo-liberalism?

Allatt, G. & Tett, L., 2019, In : Journal of Education Policy. 34, 4, p. 577-594 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
value system

Resisting Neoliberalism in Education: Local, National and Transnational Perspectives

Tett, E. (ed.) & Hamilton, M. (ed.), 28 Aug 2019, 1 ed. Bristol: Policy Press. 290 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

knowledge economy
human being
1 Citation (Scopus)

Transformative and emancipatory literacy to empower

Duckworth, V. & Tett, E., 2019, In : International Journal of Lifelong Education. 38, 4, p. 366-378 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

symbolic violence
knowledge economy
further education
1 Citation (Scopus)

Transforming Learning Identities in Literacy Programmes

Tett, E., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Transformative Education. 17, 2, p. 154-172 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
correctional institution

‘I had some additional angel wings’: Parents positioned as experts in their children’s education

Tett, E. & Macleod, G., 4 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Lifelong Education. 38, 2, p. 171-183 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

family education

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Oral presentation

The employability skills discourse and literacy practitioners

Gwyneth Allatt (Speaker), Lyn Tett (Speaker)
24 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation