Dr Fiona Aldridge
Deputy Director for Research and Development
Dr Fiona Aldridge is an Deputy Director at Learning and Work Institute, providing leadership across the breadth of its research and development programmes, with a particular focus on learning for work and careers.
Fiona joined NIACE in 1997 and progressed through a range of research roles to become Head of Research in 2003. In 2012, she was appointed Head of Learning for Work, where she successfully established a programme of research, development and policy activity designed to improve the range and quality of learning that equips adults to gain, sustain and progress in employment. Fiona took on her current role of Assistant Director in 2014.
Fiona is Learning and Work Institute's relationship manager for the Skills Funding Agency, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the British Army, with responsibility for proactively developing a programme of development and research with each of these strategic partners. Fiona also leads Learning and Work Institute's Adult Participation in Learning Survey. The annual survey series provides a unique overview of patterns and trends in learning among adults in the UK, consistently demonstrating that opportunities to engage with and benefit from learning are not evenly distributed across society.
Fiona is a mum of three children and Vice Chair of Governors at a local primary school, where she is a Pupil Premium Champion and promotes the development of family learning opportunities.