She has a long career working on adult learning in higher education. She began as a manager and accountant in private industry and launched her university career in continuing education, teaching management skills to heads of schools and colleges. For the next 20 years she was a senior academic in several universities in the UK, teaching and researching the policy and practice of access to and provision for adults in higher education in the UK and across Europe. She was Head of a research unit, obtaining numerous grants, directing projects and writing. She was Executive Secretary of EUCEN (the European association for university lifelong learning) from 2000 to 2007 and then Projects Director, responsible for several large European cooperation projects. Now she works with universities and research institutes as a consultant and expert at the European Commission for projects on adult education.