Friday, January 24, 2020

SCUTREA Council and AGM Meeting

I am giving you upcoming notification of the SCUTREA Council and AGM Meeting  to be held on Thursday 7th May 2020, at Birkbeck, University of London.

This meeting is going to be very important for the organisation as we will be approving the new Honorary Officer posts for Chair, Treasurer and Membership Secretary and SCUTREA 2021 conference.

The meeting will be followed by a Research Seminar on Adult Education and Community Activism

Research Seminar: Adult Education and Community Activism
For those practicing/researching in the field of adult education in the UK it seems we are operating in the ruins of a once well recognised and funded terrain  Over the past two decades, the closure of Centres of Lifelong Learning in universities predominately across England and Wales ;the eradication of funding and adult education programmes in FE; the closure of local government provision has resulted in what feels like the extinction of adult education. However, one area where adult education is alive and some may argue ‘flourishing’ is in community activism. This event aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and those with an interest in the area of adult education and community activism to reinvigorate the field of adult education. Research on community activism and adult education will be presented to stimulate discussion, including identifying pressing areas for ongoing research.

The programme will be as follows:
9.30-10.00am     Registration and refreshments
10.00-12.00pm   SCUTREA Council Meeting and AGM
12.00-12.45pm   LUNCH
12.45 -2.15pm    Panel, 4-5 x 20min think pieces - Adult Education and Community Activism
2.15-3.15pm       Themed discussion groups
3.15-3.30pm       Afternoon tea
3.30-4.00pm       Large discussion
4.00-4.15pm       Close

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you wish to register your attendance for the SCUTREA meeting and Research Seminar please email: Nicola Dickson

I look forward to seeing you in May.
Best wishes,


Thursday, July 18, 2019

SCUTREA 2020/21 Conference - Call for Expressions of Interest

Preparations are well underway for the Adult Education in Global Times Conference which SCUTREA will be involved in as one of eight partnering organisations. This conference  will be held at the University of British Columbia 4-7 June 2020 – see the SCUTREA website and

Preparations are also underway to run a SCUTREA one-day seminar/AGM event in the UK in May 2020 – dates and details to follow.

In the meantime, we would like to start the process of organising our annual conference for July 2021. We therefore invite you to send in an Expression of Interest. Usually, the conference takes place around the first week of July, but another date can be proposed, as long as it does not clash with conferences organised by our friends from other adult education communities such as ESREA’s triennial conference, FACE, BERA post-compulsory SiG and UALL events.

The conference will be organised by the host institution, but the SCUTREA Council team would as always provide strong support, to include sending out the call for abstracts, regular posting of information and updates on the SCUTREA website and Twitter, reviewing and selecting abstracts, awarding bursaries, and assistance in selecting the best student paper prize. One Council meeting is usually held at the host university in order to visit the conference location and discuss practical arrangements.

Expressions of Interest should be sent to the SCUTREA Chair – Nalita James  by 1st February 2020. This gives the Council time to discuss the proposals and for these to be approved at the Annual General Meeting in May so a formal announcement can be made at the June 2020 conference.
All Expressions of Interest should be sent in Word format and attend to the questions outlined below:
  • 1.       Where will the conference take place? What facilities are available for residential participants and what facilities are available for plenary and parallel sessions? How many people can you accommodate?
  • 2.       Do you have a specific conference theme in mind? What is the rationale for focusing on this theme? Do you have keynote speakers in mind who would be interested in speaking about this topic?
  • 3.       Who are the people involved in organising the conference? What are the areas of expertise of your team in terms of academic profile, but also in terms of organisational and administrative experience in running conferences or big knowledge exchange events?
  • 4.       Do you see any opportunities to attract extra funding for this conference from your university or from other local networks you are involved in?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

SCUTREA Vacancies 2020

Dear Members and Friends
I am writing to let you know that the following SCUTREA Honorary Officers will be stepping down from Council in October 2020 as their terms of Office will come to an end:

Chair-Nalita James (Leicester)
Treasurer -Ellen Boeren (Glasgow)
Membership Officer - Olivia Harrison (Sheffield)
Communications Officer - Wayne Bailey (Huddersfield)

We now need to recruit new Council Officers.

The other Council members are the Honorary Secretary (Nicola Dickson- Glasgow) and a representative for the journal ‘Studies in the Education of Adults’ (Barbara Merrill – Warwick) as well as regional and institutional representatives.

The specific role and duties of the SCUTREA Chair, Treasurer, Membership Officer and Communications Officer as stated in the SCUTREA Constitution can be found at the following link.

Expressions of Interest, including an up-to-date CV, for one of these roles should be sent to by 1st February 2020 so that the Council will have the time to look at the interests at its Council meeting and AGM to be held in May 2020.

Many thanks and I look forward to your expressions of interest. 

Best wishes

Dr Nalita James