Michael Osborne

Prof. Michael Osborne, Co-Director PIE & University of Glasgow;

Michael Osborne is Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Glasgow and co-director of the Research Cluster in Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education. He is experienced in adult education, VET and Higher Education research, development and evaluation. He is Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning within the Faculty of Education and Co-director of thePASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning.

His teaching is in the field of lifelong learning policy and international and comparative adult education. He contributes to the BA in Community Development and MSc in Teaching Adults.

His main interests in research and development are: widening participation to higher education, teaching and learning in higher education, the VET/HE interface and the development of learning cities and regions.

He is linked internationally to specialist groups concerned with lifelong learning in Universitas 21, and to organisations such as UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Asia Europe Meeting Forum for Lifelong Learning. He has conducted many projects within the European Commission’s (EC) LLL programme, including within its Grundtvig and Transversal programmes. In the UK he has worked with government departments and with a number of agencies including the Higher Education Academy and National Association for Adult and Continuing Education. In Scotland he has worked with and for many bodies including Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament. Through the Pascal Observatory and CRADALL he works closely with many individuals, universities and regions around the world.

His current research includes EC-funded projects in the area of lifelong learning concerned with the quality of Grundtvig networks (GINCO) and of Learning Regions (R3L+), a KA4 project developing a reservoir of best practice in Learning Regions (Eurolocal) and a KA1 project concerned with tertiary lifelong learning in mid-life (THEMP). He is about to start a new project for the EC on Innovation in HE. He is a member of the team managing the Tempus Project on Lifelong Learning in Palestine. He also co-ordinates a study of universities and regional engagement (PURE) in 19 regions around the world, and is co-convenor of a collaborative group within the Universitas 21 group on research universities and their regions.

 

Recent Publications

Duke, C.Osborne, M., and Wilson, B. (2013) A New Imperative: Regions and Higher Education in Difficult Times.ManchesterUniversity Press, Manchester. (In Press)

Jordan, L., Longworth, N., and Osborne, M. (2013) The rise and fall and rise again of learning cities. In: Zarifis, G.K. and Gravani, M. (eds.) Challenging the ‘European Area of Lifelong Learning’: A Critical Response. Springer, Dordrecht. (In Press)

Krüger, K., Duch, N., Parellada, M., Osborne, M., Mariani, M., and Jiménez, L. (2013) Social efficiency of tertiary lifelong – first insights from a European research project. In: Looking Back, Moving Forward: 60 Years of UNESCO in Hamburg. UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg, Germany. (In Press)

Osborne, M. (2013) Access and retention. In: Bryce, T.G.K., Humes, W.M., Gillies, D. and Kennedy, A. (eds.) Scottish Education. EdinburghUniversity Press. (In Press)

Osborne, M. (2013) Challenges for adult access in Europe. In: Klinger, C. and Murray, N. (eds.) Aspirations, Access and Attainment: International Perspectives on Widening Participation. Routledge, London, UK. (In Press)

Osborne, M., Rimmer, R., and Houston, M. (2013) Adult access to higher education: an international overview. In: Looking Back, Moving Forward: 60 Years of UNESCO in Hamburg. UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg, Germany. (In Press)

Eckert, T., Preisinger-Kleine, R., Fartusnic, C., Houston, M., Juceviciene, P., Dillon, B., Nemeth, B., Kleisz, T., Ceseviciute, I., Thinesse-Demel, J.,Osborne, M., and Wallin, E. (2012) Quality in Developing Learning Cities and Regions: A Guide for Practitioners and Stakeholders.LudwigMaximilianUniversity, Munich, Germany. ISBN 9783000373336

Houston, M., Lumsden, M.A., and Osborne, M. (2012) The Working in Health Access Programme (WHAP): impact on school leaving exam results and applications to Medicine.

Osborne, M., and Houston, M. (2012) United Kingdom – Universities and lifelong learning in the UK – adults as losers, but who are the winners? In: Slowey, M. and Schuetze, H. (eds.) Global Perspectives on HE and Lifelong Learners. Routledge. ISBN 9780415675079

Preece, J.Ntseane, P.G., Modise, O.M., and Osborne, M. (2012) Engagement in African Universities: Perspectives, Prospects and Challenges.NIACE, Leicester. ISBN 9781862015999

Osborne, M. (2011) Jean Monnet KA1: ‘Excellence centres and chairs’. In: Interim Evaluation of the Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013). Kaunas: PPMI, pp. 100-111.

Houston, M.McCune, V., and Osborne, M. (2011) Flexible learning and its contribution to widening participation: a synthesis of research. Project Report. Higher EducationAcademy.

Osborne, M. (2011) Country report on the action plan on adult learning: UK. Other. GHK / Research voor Beleid.

Osborne, M. (2011) Regional Networks in a Transnational Context. [Keynote]. In: International Conference on Professional Network Management, Nov 24 2011 – Nov 25 2011, Potsdam, Germany.

Osborne, M., and Houston, M. (2010) Cultural and Creative Industries in the PURE Project. In: 4th Annual Conference of the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture, 14-15th October 2010, Pécs, Hungary.

Longworth, N., and Osborne, M. (2010) Six ages towards a learning region — a retrospective. European Journal of Education, 45 (3). pp. 368-401. ISSN 0141-8211

Longworth, N. and Osborne, M., (Eds.) (2010) Perspectives on Learning Cities and Regions: Policies, Practice and Participation. NIACE, Leicester. ISBN 9781862014480

Osborne, M., and Longworth, N. (2010) Introduction. In: Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (eds.) Perspectives on LearningCities and Regions: Policies, Practice and Participation. NIACE, Leicester. ISBN 9781862014480

Buiskool, B.J., Broek, S.D., van Lakerveld, J.A., Zarifis, G.K., and Osborne, M. (2010) Key competences for adult learning professionals: contribution to the development of a reference framework of key competences for adult learning professionals. Project Report. Research voor Beleid, Zoetermeer, Netherlands.

Longworth, N., and Osborne, M. (2010) Introduction: Advances in learning city/region development. In: Longworth, N and Osborne, M. (eds.) Perspectives on LearningCities and Regions: Policy, Practice and Participation. NIACE, Leicester, 1 – 28. ISBN 9781862014480

Longworth, N., and Osborne, M. (2010) PENR3L and EUROlocal – facilitators of European regional economic, social and environmental development.In: Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (eds.) Perspectives on LearningCities and Regions: Policy, Practice and Participation. NIACE, Leicester, 229 – 251. ISBN 978 1 86201 448 0

Brennan, J., Osborne, M., and Shah, T. (2009) What is learned at university? The social and organisational mediation of university learning (The SOMUL project): Key findings. Project Report. The Higher EducationAcademy, York.

Osborne, M. (2009) Adult learning professionals in Europe. European Journal of Education, 44 (2). pp. 143-144. ISSN 0141-8211 (doi:10.1111/j.1465-3435.2009.01388.x)

Osborne, M., and Sankey, K. (2009) Non-vocational adult education and its professionals in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Education, 44 (2). pp. 271-289. ISSN 0141-8211 (doi:10.1111/j.1465-3435.2009.01382.x)

Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M., and Richardson, J. (2009) Improving What Is Learned At University: An Exploration Of The Social And Organisational Diversity Of University Education. Series: Improving learning TLRP . Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415480154

Brennan, J., Jary, D., Richardson, J., and Osborne, M. (2009) The social and organisational mediation of university learning. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge, London, pp. 17-30. ISBN 9780415480154

Brennan, J., Osborne, M., and Jary, D. (2009) The universities: cultures, organisations and reputations. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge, London, pp. 33-54. ISBN 9780415480154

Jary, D., and Osborne, M. (2009) Implications for institutions, academic staff and students. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge, London, pp. 171-192. ISBN 9780415480154

Maclachlan, K., and Osborne, M. (2009) Lifelong learning, development, knowledge and identity. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 39 (5). pp. 575-583. ISSN 0305-7925

Osborne, M. (2009) Universities and their regional engagement. In: FACE Conference 2009, 1-3 July 2009, StaffordshireUniversity, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.

Osborne, M., Brennan, J., and Edmunds, R. (2009) Diversities and commonalities in the student experience. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge, London, pp. 157-168. ISBN 9780415480154

Osborne, M., and Thomas, E. (2009) La formazione continua universitaria in Europa: sistemi a confronto. In: Piazza, R. (ed.) Lifelong learning ed educazione democratica in Europa. Guerini Scientifica, Milan, pp. 117-146. ISBN 9788881072859

Lumsden, M.Millar, K.Osborne, M., and Remedios, R. (2008) Working in Health Access Programme (WHAP): initial results. Medical Education, 42 (4). pp. 412-419. ISSN 0308-0110 (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2008.03007.x)

Lumsden, M.A.Millar, K.Osborne, M., and Remedios, R. (2008) Working in Health Access Programme (WHAP): Initial results. Medical Education, 42 (4). pp. 412-419. ISSN 0308-0110 (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2008.03007.x )

Brennan, J., and Osborne, M. (2008) Higher education’s many diversities: of students, institutions and experiences; and outcomes? Research Papers in Education, 23 (2). pp. 179-190. ISSN 0267-1522 (doi:10.1080/02671520802048711)

McNair, S., Quintero-Re, L., Clarke, A., Eldred, J., Hallam, A., Lavender, P., O’Hagan, J., Pearce, R., Thomson, A., Tuckett, A., Watters, K., Osborne, M., Tibbett, J., and Tett, L. (2008) CONFINTEA VI : United Kingdom National Report: National Report on the Development and State of the Art Adult Learning and Education (ALE). National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester. ISBN 9781862013810

Osborne, M. (2008) Widening participation to Higher Education in the UK. In: Hanft, A and Knust, M (eds.) Weiterbildung im Elfenbeinturm!? Waxmann, Muenster, pp. 39-42.

Trache, M, Schuetze, H, and Osborne, M (2008) University continuing education: third mission or first? Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 14 (1). ISSN 1477-9714