Professor Tony Watts

Tony Watts - Visiting Professor of Career Development, iCeGS

Professor Tony Watts OBE
Visiting Professor of Career Development

Tel: 01332 591267

Professor Tony Watts is a self-employed international policy consultant on career guidance and career development, based in Cambridge, England. He is a Founding Fellow and Life President of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (sponsored by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre in Cambridge); Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby; and Visiting Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Tony Watts 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 is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A joint-founder of CRAC, he was Director of NICEC from 1975 to 2001. He has published a large number of books and articles: books which he has written or edited include Diversity and Choice in Higher Education (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1972), Counselling at Work (Bedford Square Press, 1977), Schools, Careers and Community (with Bill Law) (Church Information Office, 1977), Career Development in Britain (with other colleagues) (CRAC/Hobsons, 1981), Work Experience and Schools (Heinemann, 1983), Education, Unemployment and the Future of Work (Open University Press, 1983), Mirrors of Work: Work Simulations and Schools (with Ian Jamieson and Andy Miller) (Falmer, 1988), Educational and Vocational Guidance Services for the 14-25 Age-Group in the European Community (Presses Interuniversitaires Europ√©ennes, 1988), Rethinking Work Experience (with Andy Miller and Ian Jamieson) (Falmer, 1991), The Economic Value of Careers Guidance (with John Killeen and Michael White) (PSI, 1992), Rethinking Careers Education and Guidance: Theory, Policy and Practice (with Bill Law, John Killeen, Jenny Kidd and Ruth Hawthorn) (Routledge, 1996), New Skills for New Futures (with Raoul van Esbroeck) (VUB University Press, 1998) and Adult Guidance Services and the Learning Society: Emerging Policies in the European Union (with Will Bartlett and Teresa Rees) (Policy Press, 2000). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (which he founded and edited or co-edited from 1973 to 1999) and the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance; and a member of the advisory boards of several other national and international journals. 

Tony Watts has lectured in over sixty countries, and has carried out a number of comparative studies of guidance systems around the world, as well as acting as consultant to several transnational action projects. He has also been a consultant to various international organisations including the Council of Europe, the European Commission, OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank.  From October 2001 to October 2002 he was a member of the OECD staff, working on a 14-country Career Guidance Policy Review; this has subsequently been extended through other bodies to cover 55 countries. His recent work has included a project for the European Training Foundation on career guidance in the Middle East, a review of Careers Services in New Zealand, and a review of Careers Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government. He is a consultant to the European Commission's European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, and a member of the Board of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy. He was awarded an OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to education. His passions include his family, cricket, and early music.

iCeGS publications include:

2014

Watts, A.G. (2014). Recent Developments on the Roles of Employers and of Careers Professionals: A Pivotal Phase in Determining Future Careers Provision for Young People. Careers England Policy Commentary 26. Careers England.

2013

Hooley, T., Watts, A. G., Sultana, R. G. and Neary, S. (2013). The 'blueprint' framework for career management skills: a critical exploration. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 41(2): 117-131.

Watts, A.G.(2013). Education Select Committee Report on Careers Guidance for Young People. Careers England Policy Commentary 18. Careers England.

Watts, A.G. (2013). Government Inspiration Vision Statement and Other Recent Developments. Careers England Policy Commentary 24. Careers England.

Watts, A.G.(2013). Government Response to Heseltine Review. Careers England Policy Commentary 19. Careers England.

Watts, A.G.(2013). Government Response to Education Select Committee Report. Careers England Policy Commentary 20. Careers England.

Watts, A.G. (2013). Ofsted Thematic Review and Government Action Plan. Careers England Policy Commentary 23. Careers England.

Watts, A.G. (2013). Responses by the Secretary of State for Education to the Education Select Committee. Careers England Policy Commentary 25. Careers England.

Watts, A.G.(2013). Statutory Guidance for Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges. Careers England Policy Commentary 22. Careers England.

2012

Hooley, T., Devins, D., Watts, A. G., Hutchinson, J., Marriott, J. and Walton, F. (2012). Tackling Unemployment, Supporting Business and Developing Careers. London: UKCES.

Hooley, T., Marriott, J., Watts, A.G. and Coiffait, L. (2012). Careers 2020: Options for Future Careers Work in English Schools. London: Pearson.

2011

Hooley, T. & Watts, A.G. (2011). Careers Work with Young People: Collapse or Transition? Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

2010

Hooley, T., Hutchinson, J., & Watts, A. G. (2010). Enhancing Choice? The Role of Technology in the Career Support Market. London: UKCES.

Hooley, T., Hutchinson, J. and Watts, A.G. (2010). Careering Through The Web. The Potential of Web 2.0 and 3.0 Technologies for Career Development and Career Support Services. London: UKCES.

Watts, A. G. (2010). National all-age career guidance services: evidence and issues. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 38(1): 31-44.

Watts, A.G., Sultana, R. and McCarthy, J. (2010). The involvement of the European Union in career guidance policy: A brief history. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance 10(2): 89-107.

Earlier Publications

Sultana, R., & Watts, A. G. (2008). Career guidance in the Middle East and North Africa. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 8(1): 19-34.

Watts, A. G., & Dent, G. (2008). The evolution of a national distance guidance service: trends and challenges. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 36 (4), 455-465.

Watts, A.G., Hughes, D. & Wood, M. (2005). A Market in Career? Evidence and Issues. CeGS Occasional Paper. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Hughes, D. & Watts, A.G. (2007). Youth Policy: Careers Summit: Summary. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Jackson, C., Watts, A.G., Hughes, D., Bosley, S. & El-Sawad, A. (2001). Careers Service Work with Adults: A Survey. CeGS Occasional Paper. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Watts, A.G. (1999). Reshaping Career Development for the 21st Century. Inaugural Professorial Lecture. CeGS Occasional Paper. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Watts, A.G. (1999). The Role of the Personal Adviser: Concepts and Issues. CeGS Occasional Paper. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Sampson, J.P. Jnr., Palmer, M., Watts, A.G. (1999). Who Needs Guidance. CeGS Occasional Paper. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

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