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The School of Education and UNESCO

The school enjoys a set of relationships with UNESCO as the United Nation's specialised agency for education. This includes our participation in the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

However, the two most formal relationships with UNESCO are the UNESCO Chair on International Education and Development and the Nottingham UNEVOC Centre.


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The activities of the Chair

2016 saw the launch of the new UNESCO TVET Strategy. This is a process with which the current Chair-holder has been intimately involved since 2010. This involvement has included secondment to Paris to lead the writing of the background report for the Shanghai TVET Congress; participation in the writing team for the first draft of the Revised Recommendation; and leadership of the online UNESCO-UNEVOC consultation on the Revised Recommendation. Work is now planned with Paris on aspects of the implementation of the Strategy, including developing a new approach to TVET evaluation.

More broadly, the Chair has been involved in policy and programme work with international partners. This has included two members of the Chair team leading the process of writing a new Commonwealth Education Policy Framework, approved by the Ministers’ Action Group in January 2017; advisory work for a €65m programme on skills development in East Africa; and a number of short reports, blogs and videos to support practitioners working on skills development in international development agencies. 

The network of Chair associates has been further developed, including past and present UNESCO staff, and leading academics, practitioners and consultants working in areas related to the Chair’s work.

Further information about the work of UNESCO can be found at the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO websites.


UNEVOC logoThe UNEVOC Network is an exclusive global platform for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) with the aim to further mainstream South-South and North-South-South cooperation.

The UNEVOC Network, coordinated by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, is made up of UNEVOC Centres, which are established in TVET institutions and serve as focal points in the provision of services and platforms for international and regional cooperation in TVET. The Network is instrumental in the production and dissemination of research, case studies, databases, publications, and enables the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre to perform its function as a clearing house.

Through the Network, UNEVOC Centres can share knowledge and experiences related to all aspects of TVET, exchange country experiences and discuss issues of common relevance in meetings organised by themselves, by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre or virtually through the UNEVOC Network Portal or the UNEVOC e-Forum.

The current focus of the Nottingham UNEVOC Centre is on supporting UNESCO's work on migration and TVET.

UNEVOC Centre Convenor

Dr Volker Wedekind

+44 (0)115 951 6529


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