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Emeritus Professor wins European research award

8 December 2017

Karen Evans, Emeritus professor at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), has won the European Commission's vocational education and training (VET) Research Award in recognition of her career's work.

Karen Evans wins VET award

The award recognises an exceptional research project or researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to innovative thinking in vocational education and training.

Professor Evans received the award for her internationally-renowned publications, strengthening vocational education cooperation at European level, as well as her lifelong dedication to the field.

Much of this work was undertaken in her role as IOE Professor and Chair in Education from 2001, and particularly as research professor in the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) from 2008.

The award ceremony took place during European Vocational Skills Week, an event designed to showcase quality and wide-ranging opportunities of vocational education.

Professor Alison Fuller, Pro-Director: Research & Development at the IOE, said: "I am delighted that Professor Karen Evans has received the 2017 VET Research Award of the European Commission. This is a highly prestigious accolade that recognises the lengthy and outstanding contribution that Karen has made to vocational education and training research across Europe and internationally. It is a thoroughly deserved award celebrating her achievements, and of which the UCL Institute of Education is extremely proud."

Professor Evans was Head of Lifelong Education and International Development in the IOE between 2001 and 2006. In 2016, she and became Emeritus Professor of Education and an Honorary member of staff, a role in which she continued to research, publish and promote international collaboration in the field.



Credit: The European Commission's Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Directorate General