Friday, June 28, 2013

Public Lecture - Can Technology serve Social Justice?

The Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning  
and  The Centre for Social Justice and Well-Being
are delighted to welcome you to a

 Public Lecture
to be given by the leading scholar and activist

 Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor, Women's Studies,
University at Albany, State University of New York

Can Technology Serve Social Justice?

at 4.30pm, on Wednesday 10th July 2013
 in Lecture Theatre 4, The Management School, Lancaster University

Despite widespread celebrations of Twitter Revolutions and social media activism, the relationship between new technology and the social justice goals of peace, freedom, equality and dignity for all people is deeply contradictory. In this talk, scholar-activist Virginia Eubanks will reflect on fifteen years of efforts with three grassroots organizations - Our Knowledge, Our Power: Surviving Welfare; the Popular Technology Workshops; and Women at the YWCA Making Social Movement - to make technology serve the needs of oppressed and exploited people in the United States.    

Virginia Eubanks is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age, and the co-founder of a number of grassroots community organizations focused on making technology serve social and economic justice. She teaches in the Department of Women's Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. In past lives, she edited the cyber-feminist 'zine Brillo and was active in the community technology center movements in the San Francisco Bay Area and Troy, NY.

Please note: spaces are limited for this event.
To reserve your seat: RSVP by email to Joanne Dickinson at

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SCUTREA Conference 2013

A great start to the 2013 conference and this year a virtual SCOOP for those who are unable to join us.  More news as the conference progresses, for up to the minute news follow us on Twitter #scutrea.

Our opening keynote from Professor Mary Stuart provided an opportunity for colleagues to begin the process of connecting with their own papers and a number of the themes of the conference.  
David Smith (Director of CRLL)
Mary Stuart VC Linccoln University
and Ann-Marie Houghton(Chair of SCUTREA)
Opening Keynote address
Professor Mary Stuart

Familiar faces in the audience including Patti Gouthro who will be delivering our final keynote and in the distance John Field who has already been Tweeting.

Following an afternoon of papers delegates went down to St George's Hall for a Civic Reception and welcome from the City of Glasgow.  A warm welcome on behalf of the Lord Provost was given by Bailey Josephine Doherty who herself had trained as a teacher and connected with our adult education community through her work in adult literacy.

Following the reception a number of delegates went to the Glengoyne Distillery for what was a splendid tasting, tour, and great food and good company.  Other delegates tasted the delights of Glasgow and a further group returned to the campus for a meal at Govan Mbeki.  A common message in feedback from SCUTREA conferences is the open and welcoming community and opportunity to discuss further the debates and discussions of the day.  This certainly proved to be true on day one of this conference with the theme of mobilities providing a focus for exchange of experiences of life in our respective countries and universities.
Below the exchange extended to the mobilities of our names, our national and global identities, our food as well as our research.
American, Canadian, English, German and Scottish delegates 
More tomorrow which looks to be a full day of papers and a trip for some the the House of an Art Lover.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Joint CRLL-SCUTREA Conference - Papers available

Papers for the joint SCUTREA-CRLL Conference 
'Mobilities and Transitions: Learning, Institutions, Global and Social Movements' 
are now available online on our SCUTREA Conference 2013 site.  This will provide a permanent record for the conference. There is both an alphabetical list and a page for each day with links to papers.  We will be adding more news on both sites over the coming days.  An opportunity for those unable to attend to catch up with some of the interesting work being presented.

For practical details and information about the conference that starts on Tuesday 25th June please see the main  CRLL website 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

ESRC Research Fellowship

Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship to work with Dr Linda Morrice (Education), Dr Mike Collyer (Geography) and Professor Rupert Brown (Psychology) on an Economic and Social Research Council funded project “Optimising refugee resettlement in the UK: a comparative analysis”. The position is multi-disciplinary involving social psychology, geography and education. 

For further information please go to:

Informal enquiries can be made to Linda Morrice 
E: T: +44 (0)1273 872584

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Networking - Let us know what you think?

SCUTREA is currently debating its future and we hope that this discussion will be informed by information about how the network might better support the work of researchers and others interested in the research of adult education. 

We would be very grateful if you could complete this quick anonymous questionnaire and please pass on to anyone else who is interested in adult education.

Networking at Lancaster Conference 2011

Friday, May 10, 2013

Scutrea CRLL Annual Conference

Colleagues at Glasgow are all working hard on preparing for the conference that is fast approaching.  Over the coming weeks we'll be posting updates and news and featuring some of the papers that will be presented at the conference.  A reminder that 

Registration now open

for the SCUTREA CRLL International Conference
Mobilities and Transitions: Learning, Institutions, Global and Social Movements
Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK 25-27 June 2013

For registration, please go to the conference website You will find the link to the registration on the front page.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

PhD Student bursaries - Thoughts on SCUTREA 2012

Michele Giblin

I am a post graduate student at Trinity College Dublin. My interest lies in a small subset of third level education, that of alternative access routes, specifically mature studentship. I am fortunate to receive funding from the Irish Research Council. However, to engage with colleagues and other researchers working in this arena, usually requires planes, trains and automobiles, so I was delighted and very grateful to receive a bursary last year which made it possible for me to attend the SCUTREA conference in Leicester. (Editor: The Conference was organised by Leicester's Institute of Lifelong Learning and was part of their celebration of Vaughan College's 150th Anniversary) 
The first thing that you would notice when attending a SCUTREA conference is the sheer diversity of nationalities represented.  Over the course of the three days I was exposed to ideas and experiences of those involved in third level education from all corners of the globe, and at all levels; academics reflecting on programme development and experiences, students recounting their work, and analysts  elaborating on the tensions surrounding policy and policy implementation.
The opportunity to network within such a diverse field, and to become aware of upcoming developments within my own field, added additional dimensions to the analysis of my own work.  SCUTREA also brings together many luminaries who, over the years, have informed the development work in this field, some of whom have been pioneers in not only espousing the benefits, but also identifying the problems, associated with adult education and lifelong learning.  These individuals attend all the sessions and are generous in their comments and constructive in their feedback. 
Based on my experience from last year I'm certainly looking forward to coming to Glasgow and look forward to meeting new people as well as catching up with colleagues I met last year.

For details of SCUTREA student bursaries and to register for this year's conference 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Student Bursaries for Annual Conference

SCUTREA has a small amount of money to support the participation of research students at our conferences. In order to apply for support you must be:
  • ·         A full time doctoral student and not have an academic post
  • ·         A member of SCUTREA
  • ·         Have a paper / roundtable accepted at conference
  • ·         Be intending to register for the full conference

Please apply to the Honorary Treasurer, Linda Morrice  along with a letter of support from your supervisor.

Registration for Conference is now open
for the SCUTREA CRLL International Conference
Mobilities and Transitions: Learning, Institutions, Global and Social Movements
Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK 25-27 June 2013

For registration, please go to the conference website 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Community Education Seminar

Community Engagement: Community-based Adult Education – Tales from the Field
Wednesday 8 May, Moray School of Education, University of Edinburgh
1000am – 3.15pm
This one-day participative event is presented by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Warwick. The aim is to generate discussion and debate on the key and important issue of community engagement and community-based adult education from a comparative perspective by drawing on theory and practice from Scotland, Canada and England.

For a copy of the booking form 

The day will focus on three main areas of discussion:
  • What do we mean by community engagement?  Exploring theoretical approaches from Scotland, England and Canada
  • The role and challenges of community-based adult education: project approaches
  • The role of universities and their involvement in community engagement with marginalised communities.
This will be followed by a summary discussion on what lessons are to be learnt and where do we go from here?

Shauna Butterwick, University of British Colombia, Canada
Jim Crowther, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths, University of London, England
Lyn Tett, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Respondent:  Ian Martin, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Barbara Merrill, University of Warwick, England

Monday, April 8, 2013

Council Meeting - 25th April

The next Council meeting will be on Thursday April 25th 2013 at Room B01, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London.  We will be discussing the forthcoming conference in Glasgow and future plans for SCUTREA networking.

Council members should have received details of discussion paper. If you have not received you copy please contact Sarah. If you would like to attend and find out more about SCUTREA then please contact Sarah Secretary or Ann-Marie Chair

For map link and directions
Council meeting 2011

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New SCUTREA Website

On behalf of SCUTREA I welcome to the new SCUTREA website.  Although not finalised and still work in progress, we are launching it now so that we can begin to explore how it might be used to increase communication and exchange of news amongst members.  We welcome views and comments, please use the contact us page to get in touch or email Ann-Marie, Honorary Chair.  

You'll find an introduction to SCUTREA in the left hand banner, the right will include slideshow of past SCUTREA conferences, archive to find past messages and more permanent news.  This central panel we will use for more general news, details of seminars, conferences, publications.  We therefore welcome hearing from members with your news.

Pam Coare: Honorary Chair welcoming colleagues to 2011 Conference

Monday, March 25, 2013

UALL Annual Conference

On behalf of SCUTREA,  Ann-Marie Houghton, chair of SCUTREA attended this years University Association of Lifelong Learning annual conference which picks up on the global theme we will be revisiting at our own conference in June.  

The 2013 Annual Conference was held at the Calman Centre, University of Durham between 20 and 22 March with the theme: Who and what are universities for? Local Communities, Global competitiveness and the part-time student.  For further details see UALL website.

The event provided an opportunity to network with colleague a number of whom are regular attendees at SCUTREA conferences, including David Smith from Glasgow Caledonia who is co-ordinating the 2013 SCUTREA Conference and Clive Marsh who provided us with a warm welcome in Leicester in 2012

Durham Castle door: 
Keynote speeches and presentations highlighted a number of issues relevant to educators working with adult learners in the UK.  Of concern is the low take up by part time learners to the new loans relating to the increased fees, and the notable drop in their participation in higher education since the introduction of fees.  Although early days, its possible that fees are acting as a barrier comparable to that presented by the Durham Castle door!  

An international panel provided insights into the development of MOOCS and the online developments within Canada, China and the USA.  There are a number of papers that will be addressing this theme at the forthcoming SCUTREA conference, over the coming weeks we'll be providing updates. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Council Meetiing 22nd January

Next Council Meeting
Council members will have received an invitation, however, if you would like to attend and find out more about SCUTREA then please contact Sarah Secretary or Ann-Marie Chair.

Date: 22nd January 2013

Times:- 11.00 until 15.00

Location:- Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall
The venue is five minutes walk from Holburn underground station or a short taxi ride from Kings Cross or Euston stations. For details see

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Conference 2013


2013: 43rd Annual SCUTREA Conference
in partnership with
Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (CRLL)
Glasgow Caledonian University, 23 - 27th June 2013

Mobilities and Transitions:

Learning, Institutions, Global and

Social Movements