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National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (England and Wales) (NIACE), United Kingdom

NIACE, the leading non–governmental agency serving providers of adult education in England and Wales since 1927, has accumulated expertise and tradition in adult education and research, policy–making, publications and the organisation of conferences. NIACE’s organises Adult Learners’ Week and other special campaigns, and is involved in European Union Socrates projects and maintains international links. Information and advice is provided to organisations and individuals and a reference library is maintained.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Educational policy, Further training, Higher education, Lifelong learning, Nonformal education

User Profile:

Providers (managers and policy–makers) of adult education in England and Wales

Contact Information


21 De Montfort Street
GB–Leicester LE1 7GE

(+44–116) 204 4200
(+44–116) 204 4253
Contact person:
Helen Plant

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
David Hughes (Chief Executive Director)
Countries Served:
England and Wales
Working Languages:


Books and Documents:
Small reference collection

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Methods of Data Processing
Heritage Library Catalogue

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Enquiry service, briefing sheets (available on website) and reference library

Publications Produced

NIACE’s publication catalogue is available upon request

Special Activities

NIACE is involved in conferences, research, publications and policy–making. It organizes the Adult Learners’ Week, conducts "Socrates" European Union projects and maintains international links

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Financing adult learning

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Establish electronic library database

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Active participation