Friday, January 31, 2014

Lifelong Learning and Higher Education in Europe 1995-2011: Widening and/or Narrowing Access?

The papers form part of a Special Issue of the IJLE on Lifelong Learning and Higher Education in Europe 1995-2011: Widening and/or Narrowing Access?, edited by Sheila Riddell, Elisabet Weedon and John Holford. Full details of the Special Issue are at:
John Holford
The lost honour of the Social Dimension: Bologna, exports and the idea of the university  (by John Holford)  explains the development and of the social dimension of the Bologna Process (now the European Higher Education Area) and how it relates to a European “idea of the university”. It argues that the elements of Bologna which aim at promoting higher education as an export business have focused on the youth of social elites, and that its internal mobility dimensions have had a similar effect within Europe. The social dimension of Bologna, in contrast, aimed to open HE across the social spectrum—though it still assumed students would be young. The paper explains how Bologna’s social dimension has been influenced by debates within the European Union – leading both to its initial growth and to its marginalisation since 2008.
John Holmwood
"From social rights to the market: neoliberalism and the knowledge economy" (by John Holmwood) argues that public higher education has a long history, with its growth associated with mass higher education and the extension of a social right to education from secondary schooling to university education. Following the rise in student numbers since the 1970s, the aspiration to higher education has been universalized, although opportunities remain structured by social background. This paper looks at changing policies for higher education in the UK and the emergence of a neoliberal knowledge regime. This subordinates higher education to the market and shifts the burden of paying for degree courses onto students. It seeks to stratify institutions and extend the role of for-profit providers. From a role in the amelioration of social inequality, universities are now asked to participate actively in the widening inequalities associated with a neoliberal global market order.



Thursday, January 30, 2014

Guest Tweeter - @Scutrea14

Gillian Cowell
To encourage exchange of information about adult education we will be having a guest tweeter.  We've had several colleagues expressing an interest in helping us in this way. 

Gillian Cowell will be tweeting for us starting in February. Gillian  writes "my research interests are adult ed. in post-industrial spaces, adult education and public pedagogies, I look forward to discussing issues here with you."
Amazingly an individual has the @scutrea hashtag, so we've gone for @Scutrea14  
If you tweet, please follow us

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Studentships

University of Leicester Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning and School of Education

September 2014 Studentship

The University of Leicester Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning and School of Education are delighted to be able to offer a new three year PhD studentship. The scope of the studentship project has been partly established in advance and involves concerted work in the areas of widening participation and lifelong learning. Closing date for applications: 30 June 2014.

SCUTREA's 2012 conference was held at Vaughan College

If colleagues have other studentships they would like to share please get in touch.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Men in Shed's movement - Seminar

 Lancaster University Centre for Ageing Research          

Lancaster University Centre for Aging Research with the Department of Education Research are pleased to announce a seminar on gender, social isolation and the role of continued learning for wellbeing in older age on:

20th February 2014 12.30 – 3.00 p.m.
Location: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Meeting Room 2

Speakers include:
Professor Barry Golding,
Faculty of Education and Arts, Federation University, Australia

The Men’s Sheds movement:
Some implications for older men’s learning, health and wellbeing

Bowral Men’s Shed, New South Wales, Australia

Dr Barbara Hanratty
Dept. of Health Sciences, University of York, UK

Loneliness and social isolation amongst older people:
Some implications for health services?

NOTE: This event is free to attend but places are limited. Those wishing to attend should register their intention to attend Jan Lyons at:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

European Conference on Education

Spot the familiar face of SCUTREAs Treasurer Linda Morrice
European Conference on Education - Brighton July 9-13 2014
Transforming and Changing Education: Borderlands of Becoming and Belonging
In this conference - one of a series of three to be held in 2014 on transforming and changing education - participants are invited to explore the educational borderlands of becoming and belonging, including borderlands of geography, 'difference', culture, educational discourses, policies and practices, and more. 

Details of this Conference can be found at: Conference Website

If you would like any further information, please contact Sue Jackson at:

Saturday, January 11, 2014

ESREA Conferences - Extended Calls

Please find details of two extended calls for ESREA Conferences for 2014 

ESREA Network in Policy Studies on Adult Education
Join the 2nd Conference of the ESREA Network in Policy Studies on Adult Education
Interrogating Sustainability in Adult Learning Policy: European and Global Perspectives
Aalborg, Denmark on 18-20 June 2014

Deadline extended (for submission of abstracts): 20th January 2014
For further details 

Interrogating transformative processes in learning and education: an international dialogue: a new European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Network
What’s the point of transformative learning? 
Final call for proposals for our 1st Conference to be held in Athens, Greece, 27th-29th June, 2014
Deadline for proposals has now been extended to 31st January

Happy New Year

ON behalf of SCUTREA Council may  wish all SCUTREA Members and readers all the best for 2014.  Ann-Marie Houghton 
Vinjamoor, Nellore district, A.P, India.
Pavement art and literacy