Jim is currently the Development Coordinator for the Association for Education and Ageing. In this capacity he is involved in broadening and increasing membership, consulting with older learners, and helping organise conferences and seminars.
In addition Jim is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Institute of Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester. With the Institute he is engaged in two European funded projects looking at curriculum development in later life learning, staff training and effective networking. Jim is also engaged in the Institute’s ESRC funded research seminars series looking at the benefits of later life learning, and in a long running free public seminar series looking at key topical issues around ageing today and their relevance to later life learning.
Jim has recently worked with NIACE and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in an advisory role as a result of the Learning Revolution White Paper in spring 2009. The areas of interest are around Learning in Care Settings and the role of the voluntary sector in lifelong learning. He is also advising NIACE in its Department of Health funded project examining the educational aspects of preventing and overcoming elder financial abuse.
In 2010 Jim was co-chair of a workshop on later life learning at the European Commission led celebration for the tenth anniversary of the Grundtvig programme and has been invited to be a rapporteur at a similar workshop as part of the Spanish Government’s EU Presidency active ageing conference in Logrono, Spain in May 2010.
He has just completed a term as a trustee of Age Concern Northamptonshire.
In 2008 Jim retired from NIACE where had spent 12 years as the Older and Bolder Development Officer.Back to Advisory Committee