Professor Richard Taylor

Emeritus Fellow

  • Formerly Director of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, CU Institute of Continuing Education

Dick Taylor has been a Fellow of Wolfson since 2004, when he became Professor of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning at Cambridge. He had held the equivalent chair at Leeds University for the previous thirteen years, where he also served a five year term as Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences.

At Oxford in the late 1960s, Dick read PPE and since that time he has maintained a personal interest in the Peace Movement and in left-wing politics. The British nuclear disarmament movement was the subject of his PhD thesis.

His main academic work is on policy analysis in higher, adult and further education in Britain (and comparative studies with other countries including the USA and India) and on political thought and the historical development of radical politics in 19th and 20th century Britain.

Professor Taylor is Chair of the Trustees of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and is a former Secretary of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL).

His other personal interests include mountain walking and cricket.