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