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Professor Tony Watts

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Professor Tony Watts was joint founder of the Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) in Cambridge, was for many years Director of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC), and is Emeritus Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby. He holds degrees in history (Cambridge) and in sociology (York), and honorary degrees from The Open University, the University of Derby, and Edinburgh Napier University. He has published many books and articles, and was founder and for many years editor of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. He has lectured in over sixty countries, has carried out many comparative studies of career guidance systems, and has been a consultant to the European Commission, OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank. He was awarded an OBE in 1994 for his services to education. His passions include his family, cricket, and early music. Since retirement he has been involved in reviving Cambridge Handel Opera, teaching a University of the Third Age course on Handel operas and oratorios, and editing the Handel News.

  • Watts, A.G.: Diversity and Choice in Higher Education. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1972
  • Watts, A.G., Super, D.E. & Kidd, J.M. (eds.): Career Development in Britain. Cambridge: CRAC/Hobsons, 1981
  • Watts, A.G.: Education, Unemployment and the Future of Work. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1983
  • Miller, A., Watts, A.G. & Jamieson, I.: Rethinking Work Experience. London: Falmer, 1991
  • Watts, A.G., Law, B., Killeen, J., Kidd, J.M. & Hawthorn, R.: Rethinking Careers Education and Guidance: Theory, Policy and Practice. London: Routledge, 1996.
  • Career Development Policy and Practice: the Tony Watts Reader (edited by Tristram Hooley & Lyn Barham). Stafford: Highflyers Resources, 2015