Dan Taubman is a visiting research associate at the Post 14 Centre at the Institute of Education where he is undertaking work for ETUCE the confederation of European Education Unions. At the end of 2013 he retired after 20 years as the NATFHE/UCU Senior National Education Official for further education, skills and lifelong learning. Before this Dan had worked in inner London adult and community learning, starting as one of the first outreach workers and finishing in 1991 as Southwark Adult Education Vice Principal.
Within NATFHE/UCU Dan’s responsibilities included policy formulation and advice across the fields of further, adult and prison education. His particular areas of expertise are in curriculum and qualifications reform, the government of further education, the funding of further and adult education and staff professional development. From September 2004 to March 2006 he was on a one-day-a-week secondment with the Raising Standards in FE Unit. He was involved in the creation of the Education and Training Foundation and was awarded an MBE in summer 2009 for services to further and adult education.