Who we are

UALL is a membership subscription organisation, a registered UK charity, and is governed by a formal constitution. Each member institution nominates one or more individuals to the Council, the primary voting and decision-making body. The Executive Committee assists the Council in preparation and prioritising of agendas.

UALL Chair

Jonathan Michie is Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of the Department for Continuing Education, and President of Kellogg College. Prior to moving back to Oxford in 2008, he was Professor of Management and Dean of the Business School at the University of Birmingham; before that he held the Sainsbury Chair of Management at Birkbeck, University of London, where he was Head of the School of Management & Organisational Psychology; and before that was at the Judge Business School, Cambridge, where he was also a Fellow & Director of Studies in Economics at Robinson College, and a Research Associate of the ESRC Centre for Business Research. Jonathan moved into academia from Brussels, where he was an Expert to the European Commission. 

Jonathan became Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) in May 2020. He is a Visiting Professor at the European University Institute in Florence; Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; and Senior Fellow of Rutgers University, USA. He is Managing Editor of the International Review of Applied Economics, and was joint secretary of the 2019 Centenary Commission on Adult Education.

He is supported by our executive, and our officers: 

  • The Honorary Secretary - Dr. Mary Mahoney, University of Wolverhampton
  • The Treasurer - Dr. WIlly Kitchen, University of Sheffield
  • UALL Vice Chair - Dr Zbig Sobiesierski, Cardiff University 
  • UALL Vice Chair - Dr Rob Mark, University of Glasgow

As well as the Executive and Council, we have convenors for our five networks. For more information of our networks please click here

UALL is also supported by a part time Administrator who is the main point of contact for the organisation. 


Birkbeck University
Bishop Grosseteste University
University of Bristol
Brunel University
University of Cambridge
Canterbury Christ Church
Dublin City
Durham University
Hong Kong
Middlesex University
Newcastle University
The Open University
University of Oxford
Trinity Saint David
Ulster University
University of York



  • Links with the major agencies in the sector, and opportunities for advocacy and contribution to policy formulation
  • Continuously-updated intelligence on policy, funding and strategy at the highest levels in the sector
  • Free or reduced price entry to conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Engagement with action, theoretical research and other funded activities
  • Opportunities for free or reduced price UALL publications
  • Membership of specialist networks, acting as communities of practice across the sector in; Employer engagement/CPD, Work-based learning, Widening participation and social inclusion, Women in lifelong learning, Student and staff development



American Association For Adult and Continuing EducationCanadian Association for University Continuing EducationEuropean University Continuing Education network Higher Education Lifelong Learning in Ireland Network (HELLIN)PASCAL International ObservatoryTurkish Council For Continuing Education (TUSEM)Association for Professional, Continuing, & Online Education (UPCEA)

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