Elected 1990; Emeritus Fellow 1993
University Lecturer in Industrial Relations, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education 1990-94
Edward Coker is a founding fellow of the College. He joined the University’s Delegacy for Extra Mural Studies in 1964 and subsequently retired from the Department for Continuing Education in 1994. His primary interest in the field of industrial relations was the education and training of trades unionists. Onetime member of the Trades Union Congress’ South Eastern Educational Advisory Committee and the WEA’s Industrial Branch, he taught in the motor, printing, and [in Kent] the coal mining industry. He also taught white collar staff representatives in the public sector. Later in his career he developed longer term residential courses for Labour Administrators from overseas.
Publications include Fairy Bells in Oxfordshire for the English Folk Dance and Song Society; Shop Stewards, Pergammon Press; Health and Safety Representatives in Sweden, Society of Industrial Tutors [which interest arose from over ten years development of courses for Swedish Trades Unionists]; etc.
Since retirement he was director of the OUDCE’s summer programme for Duke and UNC universities’ alumni. He has also been active in local politics as schools governor, Labour councillor on the West Oxon District Council and Group Chairman on Witney Town Council. He spends much time in France where he has restored a ruined farmhouse.