Lisa Vernon MBE

Principal Researcher: Policy & international

Areas of interest and expertise
  • Cultural education policy
  • Archaeology and anthropology
  • Third-sector learning provision
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Policy and action
  • Prison education and literacy programs for marginalised learners
  • Leading focus groups and public consultations
Knowledge and experience

Delivery and management of learning programmes for over 30 years, including project management and adviser roles in 13 countries, including:

  • Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea: Senior Programme Manager (Education)
  • Finnish Ambassador to Romania: Special Adviser
  • Finnish Vastra Nylands Folkhogskola: Partnerships director
  • Wanpela Skulim Wanpela, Papua New Guinea: Set up the charity to encourage grass-roots literacy provision
  • European Commission: Consultant on active citizenship education for the Grundtvig programme
  • EU Intergenerational Learning Network: Founder member
  • Campaign for Learning: Head of Policy and Research
  • Third Sector National Learning Alliance: Founder and developer
  • Derbyshire Learning and Development Consortium: Leader
  • European Commission: Training courses on leading public consultation

In 2014 Lisa was awarded the MBE for services to Learning and Skills in the UK.

Selection of research & publications
  • UK Government panel member: Functional skills development
  • The impact of Brexit on marginalised learners
  • Global skills gaps
  • Cultural barriers to literacy acquisition
  • The UK FE funding crisis