Dr Alan Bruce is CEO and Director of Universal Learning Systems – an international consultancy firm specializing in research, training and project management. ULS operates in the educational, development and management sectors. It has offices in Ireland, Barcelona, Helsinki, Sao Paulo and Chicago. Dr Bruce is a sociologist who studied in Los Angeles, Galway and Amsterdam. He has lectured in universities in France, England and Ireland and worked in policy research for the European Commission in Brussels. In Ireland he was responsible at national level for the training and accreditation of specialists working in vocational rehabilitation in the disability sector. He has lectured and published widely on the social construction of disability, labour market policy, equality paradigms, social inclusion, strategic change and managing diversity.
He lectures for the National University of Ireland Galway in equality, diversity and systematic training. An international academic adviser for the University of Memphis, he was appointed to its Graduate Faculty in the Department of Psychology and Counselling in 2014.
He is centrally involved in rehabilitation initiatives throughout Ireland (as Irish Coordinator of IARP – International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals) and coordinates various initiatives in inclusion of disabled people in the European Union. In 2014, Dr. Bruce was appointed to the Board of NCRE (National Council on Rehabilitation Education) in Washington, DC. In 2018 he was appointed to the Board of CORA (Council on Rehabilitation Accreditation) in Memphis, Tennessee.
Senior Research Fellow in Education with the University of Edinburgh (2009-2014), he also lectures on the Master in European Project Management, in Florence, Italy. In 2015 he was elected as Senior Fellow of EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network). In 2010 he became Vice-President of EDEN.
In 2014 he was appointed Associate Professor with UOC (Open University of Catalonia) in Barcelona on conflict resolution and innovative learning. In 2016 he was International Expert for Innovative Learning with the Open University of Hong Kong and the launch of the Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education (IROPINE). In 2016 he was appointed as Visiting Professor for Global Learning in the Changhua University of Education in Taiwan.
In 2016 he developed the Master in Online, Open and Distance Learning for Charles Sturt University, Australia. In 2018 he was appointed as External Expert for the European Commission in Brussels on migration policy. He was also appointed as Learning Design Expert with Universidad Nacional de Educación (UNAE) in Ecuador. He works intensively at the intersection of digital learning, inclusion strategies and innovative universal design.