Bill Lucas being made a fellow of the International Institute of Specialised Skills by Sir James Gobbo


Professor Bill Lucas has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the Melbourne-based International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) to honour his achievements and innovative leadership. Professor Lucas is the founding director of the University’s innovative Centre for Real-World Learning. In the last five years his book rEvolution; how to thrive in crazy times was chosen as management book of the year, ground-breaking research into vocational education was debated in the House of Lords and a new approach to developing creativity in schools was published by the prestigious OECD.

The ISSI Fellowship gives Professor Lucas the opportunity to talk to business, community, philanthropic and school leaders in Melbourne and Sydney on a speaking tour in the first two weeks of November. Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester said:

‘We are delighted that, under Professor Lucas’s leadership, the research of the Centre for Real-World Learning is making a significant impact and attracting international acclaim. We are proud to be associated with Australia’s Institute for Specialised Skills through this hour.’

Previous recipients of this honour include:

  • Dame Julia Cleverdon,  Chief Executive of Business in the Community
  • Professor Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT, SENSEable City Lab
  • Sunit Tandon, Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communications.

Commenting on his award Professor Lucas said: ‘Across a number of states in Australia there is growing interest in the work which I and my colleague Professor Guy Claxton have undertaken. It is exciting to be forging so many dynamic partnerships with our Australian colleagues.’

Full STEAM ahead for a manipulate society

I was delighted to be at the launch of the Crafts Council Manifesto for Craft and Making – Our Future is in the Makingearlier in the week. For I believe passionately that we need to cultivate manipulate as well as articulate young people in our schools. At a time when we are becoming a sedentary and obese species, we persist in offering young people at secondary school an increasingly passive and restricted academic diet.


The malign influence of Progress 8

The Manifesto points out that take up of craft-related GCSEs has fallen by a worrying 25% in the last five years. And the cruelly misnamed ‘Progress 8’ rule which will come into play in 2016 will inevitably further restrict choice at GCSE. It will be anything but progress.

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