Prof Ewart Keep to give 2021 David Raffe Memorial Lecture

We are pleased to announce that Ewart Keep, emeritus professor in Education, Training and Skills at the Department of Education, Oxford University will give the 2021 David Raffe Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 at 5.30 pm GMT. The lecture is supported by Moray House School of Education and Sport, and will be chaired by Professor Richard Andrews, Head of School. Angela Gardner, editor of Informed Scotland, the Learning and Skills Intelligence digest, will lead the Q&A session. The lecture will be online, and free, but registration is required –

headshot of Prof Ewart Keep

His lecture “Some thoughts on transitions from learning to earning and on the wider relationship between education and the labour market” will explore two inter-linked topics.  The first is the process of transitions from learning to earning for young people across the UK.  The second is the issues that are associated with efforts to more closely align the outputs of the education and training system with the changing demands of individual employers.  The lecture will argue that policy makers and practitioners are likely to face major challenges in trying to improve outcomes in both these policy fields. 

This is the fourth annual memorial lecture in honour of the late David Raffe, Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh The topic of this year’s lecture reflects David’s interest and research in transitions from education to the labour market and in the nature and meaning of vocational education and training and its relationship with academic learning.

Professor Keep has researched and written on the relationship between skills and economic performance, managerial attitudes towards investing in skills, qualifications reform, the youth labour market, adult and lifelong learning, and skills policy formation and enactment across the four UK nations. He is currently managing an ESRC-funded project on NEETs (those not in education, employment or training) in the UK, as part of a wider European project on NEETs.

He has served on major committees of the Scottish Funding Council and the Higher Education Funding Councils of England and of Wales. He is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy Group and has been advisor to a range of government departments and units in the UK and internationally as well as advising the OECD, and various professional bodies and think tanks.