History of NIACE
NIACE began in 1921 as the British Institute for Adult Education: it is a voluntary organisation, a charity and company limited by guarantee owned by its members.
We have a broad-based membership, with individual and corporate members, ranging from universities, colleges and local authorities to the BBC, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, the Trades Union Congress and Ofcom. The British Film Institute, the Arts Council and the Basic Skills Agency all grew out of Institute initiatives. NIACE headquarters are in Leicester and Cardiff.
In 2007, the Basic Skills Agency (BSA) merged with NIACE and will work in alliance with Tribal. The resulting Alliance for Lifelong Learning forms the country's leading concentration of expertise in literacy, language and numeracy across all age ranges.
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education is privileged to have HRH The Princess Royal as its patron. We are very appreciative of the support she has given to us, including attending the 18th Adult Learners' Week national awards ceremony in May 2009.