Honorary Professor

Background

Picture of Jim Gallacher

Jim Gallacher is Emeritus Professor of Lifelong Learning, Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University, and an Honorary Professor in the University of Stirling. and UHI Millenium Institute.

He is a member of the Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education, where he chairs the Access and Inclusion Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Management of Glasgow College of Nautical Studies, and a member of the Shadow Board for New College Glasgow. He was an adviser to the Scottish Parliament's Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their Inquiry into Lifelong Learning.

Research Interests

Recent and current research interests include widening access to further and higher education; links between further and higher education; work related higher education; work-based learning; and credit and qualifications frameworks. He has managed a wide range of research projects on these topics, and published numerous articles, reports and books on the basis of this work.

Publications

Books

Field J, Gallacher J and Ingram R(eds) (2009) Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning, London, Routledge Falmer

Edwards R, Gallacher J and Whittaker S (eds) (2006) Learning outside the academy. London, Routledge Falmer

Gallacher J and Osborne M (2005) A contested landscape: International perspectives on diversity in mass higher education. Leicester: National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE)

Osborne M,  Gallacher J and Crossan B (editors) (2004) Researching widening access to lifelong learning. London, Routledge Falmer

Book Chapters

Gallacher J, Ingram R and Field J (2009) ‘Conclusions- researching transitions: trends and future prospects’ in Field J, Gallacher J and Ingram R(eds)  Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning,London, Routledge Falmer

Crossan B & Gallacher J (2009) ‘The boundaries are different out here’: Learning relationships in community based further education’, in Edwards R, Biesta G & Thorpe M (eds) Rethinking contexts for learning and teaching. London, Routledge Falmer

Gallacher J (2006) ‘Researching learning outside the academy: emerging themes’, in Edwards R, Gallacher J and Whittaker S (eds) (2006) Learning outside the academy. London, Routledge Falmer

Gallacher J (2005) ‘Complementarity or differentiation: the roles of further education colleges and higher education institutions in Scotland’s higher education system’, in Gallacher J and Osborne M (2005) A contested landscape: International perspectives on diversity in mass higher education'.Leicester: National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE)

Gallacher J (2005) ‘Differentiation and stratification in Scottish higher education’, in McNay I (editor) Beyond mass higher education. Buckingham: SRHE and OU Press

Gallacher J  & Osborne M, (2005) ‘The role of short cycle higher education in the changing landscape of mass higher education: issues for consideration’, in Gallacher J and Osborne M (2005) A contested landscape: International perspectives on diversity in mass higher education. Leicester: National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE)

Osborne M, and Gallacher J (2004) ‘Researching widening access: Introduction’, in Osborne M,  Gallacher J and Crossan B (editors) (2004) Researching widening access to lifelong learning.London, Routledge Falmer

Gallacher J and Crossan B (2004) ‘Researching widening access: the future agenda’, in Osborne M,  Gallacher J and Crossan B (editors) (2004) Researching widening access to lifelong learning.London, Routledge Falmer 

Refereed articles

Gallacher J (2009 forthcoming) Higher education in Scotland’s Colleges: a distinctive tradition? Higher Education Quarterly

Raffe D, Gallacher J & Toman N (2008) The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework: Lessons for the European Qualifications FrameworkEuropean Journal of Vocational Training No 42/43 pp59-69

Gallacher J, Crossan B, Mayes T, Smith L & Watson D (2007) Expanding our understanding of the learning cultures in community based further education. Educational Review 59:4 pp 501-517

Reeve F, Gallacher J & Ingram R (2007) A comparative study of HNs in Scotland and Foundation Degrees in England: contrast, complexity and continuityJournal of Education and Work, Vol 20 No 4 pp305-318

Gallacher J (2006) Widening access or differentiation and stratification in higher education in Scotland? Higher Education Quarterly Vol 60 No4 pp349-369

Gallacher J (2006) Blurring the boundaries or creating diversity? The contribution of the further education colleges to higher education in ScotlandJournal of Further and Higher Education Vol 30 No 1 pp 43-58

Reeve F and Gallacher J (2005) Employer – university ‘partnerships’: a key problem for work-based learning programmes? Journal of Education and Work, Vol 18 (4) pp221-235

Gallacher J & Feutrie M (2003) Recognising and accrediting informal and non formal learnin g in higher education: an analysis of the issues arising from a study of France and ScotlandEuropean Journal of Education, Vol 38, No 1, pp 71-84

Crossan B, Field J, Gallacher J Merrill B (2003) Understanding participation in learning for non-traditional adult learners; learning careers and the construction of learning identities, British Journal of Sociology of Education 24, 1 pp55- 67

Gallacher J Field J, Merrill B & Crossan B, (2002) Learning careers and the social space: exploring fragile identities adult returners and the new further education. International Journal of Lifelong Education Vol 21 No 6 pp. 493 – 509

Gallacher J (2002) Parallel lines? Higher education in Scotland’s colleges and higher education institutionsScottish Affairs Issue No 40

Research reports

Gallacher J & Raffe D (2008) Difference and divergence within the UK, paper presented at Higher Education in the UK across national boundaries seminar, available athttp://crll.gcal.ac.uk/massHE/MassHEPapersSeminar6.htm

Gallacher J & Crossan B (2008) An overview of aspects of SCQF. Report prepared for Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB/Germany)

Gallacher J, Boyd V, Ingram R, Crossan B, Brodie J, Cleary P & Toman N (2007) Evaluation of Individual Learning Accounts in Scotland – Learning Providers and Intermediary Agencies StudiesScottish Government Social Research, available at www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch

Gallacher J (2007) The impact of devolution on higher education in Scotland, paper prepared for Universities UK study into impact of devolution in higher education within UK.

Gallacher J, Toman N, Caldwell J, Edwards R & Raffe D (2005) An evaluation of the impact of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), Scottish Executive,http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/11/30173627/36279

Cloonan M, St Clair R, Gallacher J, Crossan B,  Toman N & Caldwell J (2005) Lone parents in further education colleges. Report submitted to Scottish Executive, August 2005

Duncan B & Gallacher J (2004) A framework for community based adult learning (CBAL) in Scotland? Report submitted to Scottish Executive

Gallacher J, MacFarlane K and Caldwell J (2004) Progression of HN holders into employment: a study based on available data sources. Glasgow, SQA

Gallacher, J. et al (2004), Modern Apprenticeships: Improving Completion Rates, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Social Research. This report can be downloaded free from thehttp://www.scotland.gov.uk/library5/lifelong/maicr-00.asp or ordered from The Stationary Office Bookshop, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AZ (tel: 0870 6065566, fax: 0870 6065588) for £5.00.

Whittaker S, Gallacher J and Crossan B (2004) Learner perceptions of information, advice and guidance: a review of research. Report prepared for Scottish Executive Review of Funding for Learners. Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning. Glasgow Caledonian University

Gallacher J (2003) Higher education in further education colleges: the Scottish Experience. London, Council for Industry and Higher Education

Gallacher. J., and MacFarlane, K. (2003) Higher Education in Further Education Colleges; An analysis and discussion of the available data. Glasgow, SQA

Gallacher, J. et al (2002), FAST-TRAC: Evaluation and Issues of Transferability, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Central Research Unit.  This report can be downloaded free from the CRU websitewww.scotland.gov.uk/cru/kd01/orange/feit-00.asp or ordered from The Stationary Office Bookshop, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AZ (tel: 0870 6065566, fax: 0870 6065588) for £5.00.

Murphy, M, Morgan-Klein, B, Osborne, M and Gallacher, J (2001) Widening Participation in Higher Education. Report prepared for the Scottish Executive, Stirling: Institute of Education, Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning

Cleary, P., Whittaker, R. and Gallacher, J. (2001) Social Inclusion through APEL: The Learners’ Perspective - National Report for Scotland prepared for the EC: Socrates-Grundtvig Project, Glasgow: Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning

Gallacher J, Crossan B, Leahy J, Merrill B and Field J (2000) Learning for all? Further education, social inclusion and widening access, Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University