My particular interests in post-compulsory education revolve around the nature of adult learning and the consequent effectiveness of education and training. I think these things have become more important than ever as market forces and vocationalism have been imposed on education and training in the UK and Lifelong Learning [as far as anyone can define it] has become their latest home. I would like to see higher education integrated into an all-embracing post-compulsory system that delivered genuine access and was properly resourced.
I have a background in the NHS and have been teaching in post-compulsory education for 15 years, most of it at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In that time I have taught a wide range of courses at very different levels and have been able to develop some kind of an overview of the sector and the way it works; change happens on a weekly basis however, and I'm still learning.
The one common theme, and the thing that I enjoy most about my work, is the liberating effect education can have on learners; knowledge really is power!