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 formally opening 2018 Annual conference

Rev Canon Professor Peter Neil
UALL Chair formally opening 2018 Annual conference

The Chair of UALL is currently the Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil. Professor Neil is currently the Vice Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln where he has been since 2013. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University, Queen's University, Belfast and Cardiff University, holding degrees in German, Education an Theology. Originally a teacher of modern languages, Peter entered higher education at Queen's where he remained for 12 years, latterly as assistant head of the School of Education. He  then went to Wales as the inaugural director of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. During his time in Wales he was ordained as an Anglican priest in St Davids and then returned to Scotland where he worked in the University of the West of Scotland. He is a member of GuildHE executive, the Cathedrals Group and is a trustee of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion. 

He is passionate about Education in general and Lifelong Learning in particular. He is a Canon of Lincoln Cathedral. He is supported by the:

  • The Honorary Secretary - Dr. Mary Mahoney
  • The Treasurer - Dr. WIlly Kitchen
  • UALL Vice Chair - Dr Zbig Sobiesierski
  • UALL Vice Chair - Dr Rob Mark

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. 


The Open Univerrsity
Middlesex University
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
Bishop Grosseteste University
Canterbury Christ Church
Dublin City
Durham University
Trinity Saint David



  • 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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