Personal profile


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

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learning Social Sciences
literacy Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
university Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
further education Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
deficit Social Sciences

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Research Output 2000 2018

  • 26 Article
  • 8 Chapter
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Transforming learning identities in literacy programs

Tett, E. 1 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Transformative Education. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
correctional institution

From further to higher education: Transition as an on-going process

Tett, L., Cree, V. E. & Christie, H. 1 Mar 2017 In : Higher Education. 73, 3, p. 389-406 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
further education

Narratives of care amongst undergraduate students

Tett, L., Cree, V. E., Mullins, E. & Christie, H. 1 Sep 2017 In : Pastoral Care in Education. 35, 3, p. 166-178 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Participation in adult literacy programmes and social injustices

Tett, L. 11 Nov 2017 The Palgrave International Handbook on Adult and Lifelong Education and Learning. Milana, M., Webb, S., Holford, J., Waller, R. & Jarvis, P. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 359-374 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Resisting 'Human Capital' Ideology?

Tett, L. Sep 2017 In : Concept: The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory. 8, 2, 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
human capital