Michael Osborne is Professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. He is also Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL) within the College of Social Sciences, and Co-director of the PASCAL Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning.
Michael Osborne's main interests in research and development are: widening participation to higher education, teaching and learning, and innovation in higher education, the VET/HE interface, international development, sustainable developed, community-engaged research, the role of Big Data in Education, and the development of learning cities and regions. He has worked in the field of widening participation for some 30 years, beginning with work developing and evaluating the first Adult Access courses to Higher Education in the former Inner London Education Authority.
Throughout his 17 years at the University Stirling, he was involved in a succession of externally-funded research awards in the fields of access to higher education, work-placed learning, environmental education, learning in SMEs and Learning Cities/Regions with funding from UK government departments and their agencies, the European Commission and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This research included the development of Audit Tools for Stakeholders within Learning Regions (Indicators project under the Network of Learning Regions (R3L) programme) and projects that develop related Learning Audits for Regions (Lilara), and a Sustainable Network of Learning regions/cities (PENR3L); a major ESRC TLRP project on the Social and Organisation Mediation of University Learning (SOMUL). This work became consolidated within the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, which he established with Professor Jim Gallacher of Glasgow Caledonian University, and which he co-directed for a decade until 1997. CRLL developed an international reputation as of the world’s leading research centres in the field of lifelong learning. Also whilst at Stirling in 2004, he became European Director of the PASCAL Observatory for Place, Social Capital and Learning Regions, in collaboration with RMIT Melbourne. PASCAL emerged from the world of the OECD in learning regions and became a highly significant player in the field of place-based learning.
His most recent work has been directed towards the field of Learning Cities and Regions with a particular focus on the role of universities, Lifelong Learning for Work Transition in Mid-life, Big Data, Sustainable Development, and Teaching and Learning and Innovation in Higher Education.
He is linked internationally to specialist groups concerned with lifelong learning in Universitas 21, and to organisations such as UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (DVV) and the Asia Europe Meeting Forum for Lifelong Learning. Through the umbrella of the 'Big Tent' network he has established collaborative links with a number of significant players in the field of community-engaged research in universities. These organisations are the Global Alliance for Community-based Research (GACER), Asia Pacific Community University Engagement Network (APUCEN), Centro Bolivianos de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEBEM), Commonwealth University Extension and Engagement Network, Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), Living Knowledge Network, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), Service Learning Asia Network (SLAN) and the Talloires Network. Together these organisations have produced five international communiqués on community engagement in HE, which have been disseminated very widely in Higher Education. The collaboration with GUNI was manifested in April by the UK launch of the 5th edition of Higher Education in the World in Glasgow, hosted by CR&DALL on 22 April 2014.
With UIL he has been an adviser in the development of their Global Learning Cities Network, and continues to work closely with UIL in this field through the Learning Cities Network developed within the PASCAL Observatory, which brings cities from all continents together to develop urban learning strategies. He produced the main Briefing Paper for the 2019 4th International Conference on Learning Cities in Medellin and has also produced one of the three Briefing Papers for its 5thconference in Korea in 2021 on Education, Health and Resilience in cites post-COVID-19. With IIEP he is working within a project that considers how lifelong learning contributes to urban planning. With ASEM LLL Hub he is a convenor of its research network on Lifelong Learning policies. He is collaborating partner in a Jean Monnet Network on the role of Education to the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific, and another on Smart Specialisation in regions, both led by RMIT University in Melbourne. He has been a co-convenor of a collaborative group within the Universitas 21 group on research universities and their regions.
He has conducted many projects within the European Commission's (EC) LLL programme, including within its Grundtwig and Transveral programmes. In the UK he has worked with government departments and with a number of agencies including the Higher Education Academy and National Association for Adult and Continuing Education. In Scotland he has worked with and for many bodies including Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament. Through the Pascal Observatory and CRADALL he works closely with many individuals, universities and regions around the world.
In recent years, his research focus has been on international development, and big data. He has been a PI of the recently completed, British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)-funded project, Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa with three Asian and three African partners. He is also Co-I within the RCUK GCRF funded Global Centre for Sustainable, Healthy Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods, which as three African and four Asian partner countries and in this centre he has a responsibility of capacity strengthening in the global south and for links with the University of Rwanda. He is a Co-I within the ESRC funded Urban Big Data Centre within which he has co- ordinated projects on education, place and disadvantage and on learning city metrics.
He was in 2020 an expert advisor to a review by London Economics of Access to Higher Education in Ireland, and a member of an Expert Group on Lifelong Learning Provision by Institutes of Higher Education in Singapore undertaken by the Institute of Lifelong Learning in Singapore in 2021. He has also been appointed as a member of the Singapore Workforce Development Applied Research Fund (WDARF) Expert Review Panel (ERP) launched by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), a statutory body of the state. He is co-Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Alliance of Asia Pacific Learning Cities (APLC) in the Republic of Korea.
Houston, M. , Osborne, M. and Neary, J. (2021) The quintuple helix in action in Africa and Asia: the SUEUAA project.Journal of Interdisciplinary Academic Research, 4(1), (doi: 10.32476/e612bd05-883f-415b-8590-d722b21b79c1)
Ahmad, S. , Baffoe, G. , Bhandari, R. , Young, G. and Osborne, M. (2021) Sustainable, healthy, learning cities and neighbourhoods. In: Venter, M. and Hattingh, S. (eds.) Learning for a Better Future: Perspectives on Higher Education, Cities, Business and Civil Society. Series: Centre for local economic development: topics in local development (vol.1). AOSIS: Cape Town, pp. 27-50. ISBN 9781928523970 (doi: 10.4102/aosis.2021.BK214.02)
Osborne, M. and Hernandez, S. (2021) Sustainable Learning Cities: Inclusion, Equity and Lifelong Learning. In: Howells, A. and Valdés-Cotera, R. (eds.)Inclusive Lifelong Learning in Cities: Policies and Practices for Vulnerable Groups. UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning: Hamburg, pp. 14-85. ISBN 9789282012451
Osborne, M. , Maitra, S. and Uflewska, A.(2021) Smart learning cities promoting lifelong learning through working lives.In: Malloch, M., Cairns, L., Evans, K. and O’Connor, B. N. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Learning and Work. SAGE: London, pp. 376-389
Panos, G. A. , Kromydas, T., Osborne, M.and Wright, R. E. (2021) Is literacy a multi-dimensional concept? Some empirical evidence. In: Robinson, P. A., Williams, K. V. and Stojanovic, M. (eds.)Global Citizenship for Adult Education: Advancing Critical Literacies for Equity and Social Justice. Routledge: New York.
Rowell, C. and Osborne, M. (2020) Beyond schooling: learning cities and adult education in the Global South. In: London, M. (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning. Second Edition. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780197506707 (doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197506707.013.25)
Lido, C. , Reid, K. and Osborne, M. (2020) Blurring boundaries: exploring the potential for ‘Big Data’ to address inequalities in lifewide learning engagement. In: Slowey, M., Schuetze, H. G. and Zubrzycki, T. (eds.) Inequality, Innovation and Reform in Higher Education: Challenges of Migration and Ageing Populations. Series: Lifelong learning book series (25). Springer: Cham, pp. 265-283. ISBN 9783030282264 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-28227-1_18)
Lido, C. , Mason, P. , Hong, J. , Gorash, N., Anejionu, O. C.D. and Osborne, M. (2020) Integrated multimedia city data: exploring learning engagement and greenspace in Glasgow. Built Environment, 46(4), pp. 574-598. (doi: 10.2148/benv.46.4.574)
Thakuriah, P. (V.), Sila-Nowicka, K. , Hong, J. , Boididou, C., Osborne, M. , Lido, C. and McHugh, A. (2020) Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD): a composite survey and sensing approach to understanding urban living and mobility. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 80, 101427. (doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2019.101427)
Lido, C. , Reid, K. and Osborne, M. (2019) Lifewide learning in the city: novel big data approaches to exploring learning with large-scale surveys, GPS, and social media. Oxford Review of Education, 45(2), pp. 279-295. (doi:10.1080/03054985.2018.1554531)
Wilson, B., Osborne, M. and Guevara, R. (2018) Lifelong learning and sustainable development: from the guest editors’ desk. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 58(3), pp. 299-311.
Borkowska, K. and Osborne, M. (2018) Locating the fourth helix: rethinking the role of civil society in developing smart learning cities. International Review of Education, 64(3), pp. 355-372.(doi:10.1007/s11159-018-9723-0)
Osborne, M. (2017) Foreword. In: Preece, J., University Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning: The Porous University. Palgrave Macmillan: London, vii-x. ISBN 9783319561622(doi:10.1007/978-3-319-56163-9)
Osborne, M. and Borkowska, K. (2017) A European lens upon adult and lifelong learning in Asia. Asia Pacific Education Review, 18(2), pp. 269-280. (doi:10.1007/s12564-017-9479-4)
Cheng, M., Kitigawa, F. and Osborne, M. (2017) The evolution of internationalisation strategy: a case study of the University of Nottingham in China. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 8(3), (doi: 10.1504/IJKBD.2017.10007519)
Houston, M. , Krüger, K., Molas, A., Osborne, M. and Jiménez, L.(2016) Cooperation in work-oriented learning in higher education. PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences, 2(1), pp. 685-705. (doi:10.20319/pijss.2016.s21.685705)
Benneworth, P. and Osborne, M. (2016) Institutional approaches to supporting university entrepreneurship education: fitting entrepreneurship within university institutional architectures.Journal of the European Higher Education Area, 2-2016, pp. 1-26.
Lido, C. , Osborne, M. , Livingston, M., Thakuriah, P. and Sila-Nowicka, K. (2016) Older learning engagement in the modern city. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 35(5), pp. 490-508.(doi:10.1080/02601370.2016.1224037)
Osborne, M. , Laitinen, L. and Stenvall, J. (2016) Complex regional innovation networks and HEI engagement the case of Chicago.International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 7(2),(doi:10.1504/IJKBD.2016.076462)
Osborne, M. and Lido, C. (2016) Big Data Techniques to Improve Learning Access and Citizen Engagement for Adults in Urban Environments. In: International Conference of Taipei Learning City, Taipei, Taiwan, Nov 2016,
Houston, M., Osborne, M. and Rimmer, R. (2015) Private schooling and entry to medicine: a case study using matched samples and causal mediation analysis. BMC Medical Education, 15, 136.(doi:10.1186/s12909-015-0415-1)
Carlot, C., Filloque, J.-M., Osborne, M. and Welsh, P. (Eds.) (2015)The Role of Higher Education in Regional and Community Development and in the Time of Economic Crisis. NIACE: Leicester. ISBN 9781862018907
Benneworth, P. and Osborne, M. (2015) Understanding Universities and Entrepreneurship Education: Towards a Comprehensive Future Research Agenda. Series: CR&DALL working papers series. CR&DALL: St. Andrews Building, Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619469
Bystrova, T.Y., Larionova, V.A., Osborne, M. and Platonov, A.M.(2015) Introduction of open E-learning system as a factor of regional development. Èkonomika Regiona = Economy of Region, pp. 226-237. (doi:10.17059/2015-4-18)
Cheng, M., Kitagawa, F., Osborne, M. and Duke, C. (2015)Internationalisation as University Business Model Innovation: A Case Study of the University of Nottingham. In: CHER 2015: 28th Annual conference of Consortium of Higher Education Researcher, Lisbon, Portugal, 7-9 Sept 2015,
Krüger, K., Duch, N., Parellada, M., Osborne, M., Mariani, M. and Jiménez, L. (2015) Social efficiency of tertiary lifelong: first insights from a European research project. In: Yang, J., Schneller, C. and Roche, S. (eds.) The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Lifelong Learning. Series: UIL Series on Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies (3). UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning: Hamburg, pp. 60-87. ISBN 9789282011942
Osborne, M., Rimmer, R. and Houston, M. (2015) Adult access to higher education: an international overview. In: Yang, J., Schneller, C. and Roche, S. (eds.) The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Lifelong Learning. Series: UIL Series on Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies (3). UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning: Hamburg, pp. 17-39. ISBN 9789282011942
Osborne, M. and Lido, C. (2015) Lifelong learning and big data. In: Gartenschlaeger, U. and Hirsch, E. (eds.) Adult Education in an Interconnected World: Cooperation in Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development. Series: International perspectives in adult education (71). DVV International: Bonn, pp. 116-125. ISBN 9783942755238
Mwaikokesya, M. J.D., Osborne, M. and Houston, M. (2014)Mapping lifelong learning attributes in the context of higher education institutions. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 20(2), pp. 21-36. (doi:10.7227/JACE.20.2.3)
Krüger, K., Parellada Laur, M., Osborne, M., Houston, M., Molas, A.and Jiménez, L. (2014) The relevance of university adult education for labour market policies. Revista Internacional de Organizaciones, 12, pp. 45-69.
Benneworth, P. and Osborne, M. (2014) Knowledge, engagement and higher education in Europe. In: Escrigas, C., Granados, J., Hall, B.L. and Tandon, R. (eds.) Higher Education in the World 5 Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to Social Change. Series: GUNI Series on the Social Commitment of Universities. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 204-217. ISBN 9780230535565
Osborne, M., Duke, C., Kitigawa, F. and Cheng, M. (2014) The internationalisation strategy of the University of Nottingham (UK) and the establishment of campuses in Asia. In: Study on Innovation in Higher Education: Annexes. Publications Office of the European Union: Luxembourg, pp. 2-22. ISBN 9789279350825
Osborne, M. and Mayes, T. (2014) EU–originated MOOCs, with focus on multi- and single-institution platforms. In: Study on Innovation in Higher Education: Annexes. Publications Office of the European Union: Luxembourg, pp. 149-201. ISBN 9789279350825
Hamilton, R., Osborne, M. and Tibbitt, J. (2014) Profiling regional engagement in higher education: challenges and opportunities.In: Hinzen, H. and Knoll, J.H. (eds.) Lifelong Learning and Governance: From Programming to Action-Selected Experiences from Asia and Europe. DVV International: Vientiane, pp. 107-138.
Jordan, L., Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (2014) The rise and fall and rise again of learning cities. In: Zarifis, G.K. and Gravani, M.(eds.) Challenging the ‘European Area of Lifelong Learning’: A Critical Response. Series: Lifelong learning book series (19). Springer: Dordrecht, pp. 273-284. ISBN 9789400772984(doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7299-1)
Kearns, P. and Osborne, M. (2014) El programa de intercambios internacionales de PASCAL: hacia una visión de las ciudades de aprendizaje en 2020. Decisio, 39, pp. 39-44.
Krüger, K. et al. (2014) Social Effectiveness of Tertiary Education for Adults in Mid-life. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.
Kearns, P., Neylon, T., Lane, Y. and Osborne, M. (2013) The learning festival: pathway to sustainable learning cities? Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, pp. 90-99.
Osborne, M., Kearns, P. and Yang, J. (2013) Learning cities: developing inclusive, prosperous and sustainable urban communities. International Review of Education, 59(4), pp. 409-423. (doi:10.1007/s11159-013-9384-y)
Osborne, M. (2013) Access and retention. In: Bryce, T.G.K., Humes, W.M., Gillies, D. and Kennedy, A. (eds.) Scottish Education (4th Edition). Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 316-326. ISBN 9780748645824
Duke, C., Osborne, M. and Wilson, B. (2013) A New Imperative: Regions and Higher Education in Difficult Times. Series: Universities and lifelong learning. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719088308
Houston, M. and Osborne, M. (2013) Tertiary Higher Education for People in Mid-life (THEMP) National Report of Case Studies UK: Scotland. THEMP Discussion Paper 7.6. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.
Houston, M. and Osborne, M. (2013) Teaching and Learning in University Lifelong Learning for People in Mid-Life: THEMP Discussion Paper 6.1. Project Report. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.
Krüger, K., Parellada, M., Alvarez, M., Houston, M. and Osborne, M.(2013) Core Dimensions of Social Effectiveness in University Adult Education. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo: Barcelona.
Osborne, M. (2013) Challenges for adult access in Europe. In: Klinger, C. and Murray, N. (eds.) Aspirations, Access and Attainment: International Perspectives on Widening Participation. Routledge: London, UK, pp. 82-96. ISBN 9780415828789
Eckert, T., Preisinger-Kleine, R., Fartusnic, C., Houston, M., Juceviciene, P., Dillon, B., Nemeth, B., Kleisz, T., Ceseviciute, I., Thinesse-Demel, J., Osborne, M. and Wallin, E. (2012) Quality in Developing Learning Cities and Regions: A Guide for Practitioners and Stakeholders. Ludwig Maximilian University: Munich, Germany. ISBN 9783000373336
Osborne, M. and Houston, M. (2012) United Kingdom – Universities and lifelong learning in the UK – adults as losers, but who are the winners? In: Slowey, M. and Schuetze, H. (eds.)Global Perspectives on HE and Lifelong Learners. Routledge. ISBN 9780415675079
Osborne, M. (2012) Mapping the UK Landscape of Tertiary Lifelong Learning. THEMP Discussion Paper 4.8. Working Paper. Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo, Barcelona.
Preece, J., Ntseane, P.G., Modise, O.M. and Osborne, M. (2012)Engagement in African Universities: Perspectives, Prospects and Challenges. NIACE: Leicester. ISBN 9781862015999
Houston, M., McCune, V. and Osborne, M. (2011) Flexible learning and its contribution to widening participation: a synthesis of research. Project Report. Higher Education Academy.
Houston, M. and Osborne, M. (2011) Effective partnerships in the development of learning city/regions at both macro and micro levels: a case study approach. In: FACE 2011 Annual Conference: Lifelong Learning and Community Development, Glasgow, UK, 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2011,
Osborne, M. (2011) Country report on the action plan on adult learning: UK. Other. GHK / Research voor Beleid.
Osborne, M. (2011) Regional Networks in a Transnational Context. [Keynote]. In: International Conference on Professional Network Management, Potsdam, Germany, Nov 24 2011 - Nov 25 2011
Osborne, M. and Houston, M. (2010) Cultural and Creative Industries in the PURE Project. In: 4th Annual Conference of the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture, Pécs, Hungary, 14-15th October 2010,
Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (2010) Six ages towards a learning region — a retrospective. European Journal of Education, 45(3), pp. 368-401.
Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (Eds.) (2010) Perspectives on Learning Cities and Regions: Policies, Practice and Participation.NIACE: Leicester. ISBN 9781862014480
Osborne, M. and Longworth, N. (2010) Introduction. In: Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (eds.) Perspectives on Learning Cities and Regions: Policies, Practice and Participation. NIACE: Leicester. ISBN 9781862014480
Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (2010) Improving What Is Learned At University: An Exploration Of The Social And Organisational Diversity Of University Education. Series: Improving learning TLRP. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415480154
Buiskool, B.J., Broek, S.D., van Lakerveld, J.A., Zarifis, G.K. and Osborne, M. (2010) Key competences for adult learning professionals: contribution to the development of a reference framework of key competences for adult learning professionals.Project Report. Research voor Beleid, Zoetermeer, Netherlands.
Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (2010) Introduction: Advances in learning city/region development. In: Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (eds.) Perspectives on Learning Cities and Regions: Policy, Practice and Participation. NIACE: Leicester, 1 - 28. ISBN 9781862014480
Longworth, N. and Osborne, M. (2010) PENR3L and EUROlocal - facilitators of European regional economic, social and environmental development. In: Longworth, N. and Osborne, M.(eds.) Perspectives on Learning Cities and Regions: Policy, Practice and Participation. NIACE: Leicester, 229 - 251. ISBN 978 1 86201 448 0Morgan-Klein, B, and Osborne M. (2007) The Concepts and Practice of Lifelong Learning. London: Routledge
Brennan, J., Osborne, M. and Shah, T. (2009) What is learned at university? The social and organisational mediation of university learning (The SOMUL project): Key findings. Project Report. The Higher Education Academy, York.
Osborne, M. and Sankey, K. (2009) Non-vocational adult education and its professionals in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Education, 44(2), pp. 271-289. (doi:10.1111/j.1465-3435.2009.01382.x)
Brennan, J., Jary, D., Richardson, J. and Osborne, M. (2009) The social and organisational mediation of university learning. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge: London, pp. 17-30. ISBN 9780415480154
Brennan, J., Osborne, M. and Jary, D. (2009) The universities: cultures, organisations and reputations. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J.(eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education.Routledge: London, pp. 33-54. ISBN 9780415480154
Jary, D. and Osborne, M. (2009) Implications for institutions, academic staff and students. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.)Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education.Routledge: London, pp. 171-192. ISBN 9780415480154
Maclachlan, K. and Osborne, M. (2009) Lifelong learning, development, knowledge and identity. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 39(5), pp. 575-583.
Osborne, M., Brennan, J. and Edmunds, R. (2009) Diversities and commonalities in the student experience. In: Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M. and Richardson, J. (eds.) Improving What is Learned at University: An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education. Routledge: London, pp. 157-168. ISBN 9780415480154
Osborne, M. and Thomas, E. (2009) La formazione continua universitaria in Europa: sistemi a confronto. In: Piazza, R. (ed.)Lifelong learning ed educazione democratica in Europa. Guerini Scientifica: Milan, pp. 117-146. ISBN 978888107285
Brennan, J. and Osborne, M. (2008) Higher education's many diversities: of students, institutions and experiences; and outcomes? Research Papers in Education, 23(2), pp. 179-190.(doi:10.1080/02671520802048711)
McNair, S., Quintero-Re, L., Clarke, A., Eldred, J., Hallam, A., Lavender, P., O'Hagan, J., Pearce, R., Thomson, A., Tuckett, A., Watters, K., Osborne, M., Tibbett, J. and Tett, L. (2008) CONFINTEA VI : United Kingdom National Report: National Report on the Development and State of the Art Adult Learning and Education (ALE). National Institute of Adult Continuing Eduation: Leicester. ISBN 9781862013810
Osborne, M. (2008) Widening participation to Higher Education in the UK. In: Hanft, A. and Knust, M. (eds.) Weiterbildung im Elfenbeinturm!? Waxmann: Muenster, pp. 39-42.
Trache, M., Schuetze, H. and Osborne, M. (2008) University continuing education: third mission or first? Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 14(1)
Osborne, M., Houston, M. and Toman, N. (Eds.) (2007) The Pedagogy of Lifelong Learning: Understanding Effective Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contexts. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415424943
Doyle, L., Houston, M. and Osborne, M. (2007) Grading: A Review of National and International Issues. Project Report. Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Osborne, M., Sankey, K. and Wilson, B. (2007) Social Capital, Lifelong Learning and the Management of Place: An International Perspective. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415427951
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