Assistant Director for Research and Development
As Learning and Work Assistant Director for Research and Development, Joyce Black leads on ‘Life and Society’ across the organisation’s Strategic Plan. This includes the development and research concerned with improving the ‘life skills’ that enable adults to participate in society – including English, language and maths, digital, civic, health and financial capabilities – together with improving life chances – increasing access to learning and work, including by extending the reach and impact of family learning and community learning approaches. Joyce also oversees Learning and Work’s Equalities work.
Joyce is the Institute’s relationship manager for the Department for Education, overseeing Learning and Work’s annual programme of development and research activities in agreement with DfE policy leads. This also includes leading on Learning and Work’s role as the UK National Coordinator for the European Union’s Agenda for Adult Learning, co-funded by the European Commission and DfE.
Joyce sits on the Executive Board of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) as Vice President, and on the Executive Committee of the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) – both of which Learning and Work is a member.
Before joining the Institute in 2002, Joyce worked for over 20 years in a further education college and as the Manager for Learning Support. She is also Chair of the Corporation Board for one of the three Sixth Form Colleges in Leicester.