Friday, October 23, 2015

SCUTREA 2016 Conference - Promotional Activity

SCUTREA Council, in collaboration with the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester, are currently busy organising our 2016 Conference. The conference will be held in the College Court Conference Centre in Leicester from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th July 2016, on 'Adult Education in Austere Times'. To access the official press release for this, please visit:

Researchers to tackle issue of adult education in austere times

Within this press release, Dr Nalita James from the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, and SCUTREA Council Member, stated that: ‘the lack of government investment in adult education has come at a time when the UK has an ageing population and people have extended working lives. In addition, the introduction of tuition fees in higher education has led to a major decline in mature student numbers, especially in part-time provision. The conference is timely, exploring how investment in adult education can support a stronger economy, promote social mobility and well-being, and offer those with the greatest need, opportunities to contribute to society.’

Information on our conference can also be found on the Vaughan Centre web site at: 

You are most welcome to promote these releases to colleagues you think may be interested and we look forward to welcoming you in Leicester next year! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

ESREA and SensePublishers Free, Open Access Books on Adult Education

There are four free, open access books published in a collaboration between ESREA and SensePublishers. You can find all the published books here:

However, of particular interest are:

1. 'Working and Learning in Times of Uncertainty: Challenges to Adult, Professional and Vocational Education', edited by Bholinger, Haake, Helms Jørgensen, Toiviainen and Wallo. 
This book analyses the challenges of globalisation and uncertainty impacting on working and learning at individual, organisational and societal levels. Each of the contributions addresses two overall questions: How is working and learning affected by uncertainty and globalisation? And, in what ways do individuals, organisations, political actors and education systems respond to these challenges?
2. 'Learning across Generations in Europe: Contemporary Issues in Older Adult Education', edited by Schmidt-Hertha, Jelenc Krašovec and Formosa:
This book provides the basis for an in-depth analysis of the understandings and interpretations of education and learning in later-life, rethinking the development of different approaches for education of older adults, as well as diverse research and evaluation of different forms of older adults’ education and learning.

Friday, July 17, 2015

SCUTREA 2016 Conference Date Announced

SCUTREA 2015 was a great success and we've been busy planning next year's conference. Our 2016 conference will take place at the University of Leicester from Tuesday 5 until Thursday 7 July. The conference theme will be 'Adult Education in Austere Times'.

We will update you with more information soon! #SCUTREA2016

Monday, July 13, 2015

SCUTREA Registration of Members' Interests

During SCUTREA's 2015 Conference held on 7-9th July, participants had the chance to register their interests into a common database, which will be shared with all members. Our Chair, Ellen Boeren, collected 31 pen and paper responses. For those who did not complete the sheet yet, or for those who could not attend the conference, we would warmly invite you to register your interests using the link to the online form:

As you will notice, you have the opportunity to select from a wide range of activities. The team will analyse the responses soon and will discuss which actions we can undertake to make further contributions to the field. Everyone - including non-SCUTREA members - can fill in the form, however the results will only be shared with members. If you are interested in joining SCUTREA please see the Membership page.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SCUTREA 2015 has begun!

The 2015 SCUTREA Conference - 7th until 9th July - is now underway! It's brilliant to see the discussions and ideas reflected on Twitter and the conference Facebook page. This is a crucial time to be discussing adult education given the present climate.

Don't forget to keep tweeting using the special conference hashtag #SCUTREA2015 and @SCUTREA14. And remember to follow the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds - @LeedsUniLLC - who have done an incredible job of organising and hosting this conference. We're very grateful in particular to Lindsey Fraser, Rebeca Brook and Georgina Collins.

Monday, June 29, 2015

SCUTREA 2015 Conference - Facebook

If you're coming along to SCUTREA 2015 next week in Leeds please visit the Facebook page at This was set up by our hosts, the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds. We encourage people to contribute photos and posts to this page from the conference.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

SCUTREA Conference 2016: Expressions of Interest

SCUTREA’s Annual Conference 2015 is fast approaching and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Leeds in a few weeks’ time. In the meantime, we would like to start the process of organising our annual conference for 2016. We do not know yet where and when this conference will take place, but warmly 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, BERA post-compulsory SiG and UALL events.

The conference will be organised by the host institution, but with strong support from the Council team, including sending out the call for abstracts, posting information on the SCUTREA website, selecting abstracts, awarding bursaries, helping with selecting the best student paper prize. One Council meeting will be organised at the host university to visit the conference location.

Expressions of Interest should be sent to the SCUTREA Chair before the 5th of July so that the Council team has time to discuss the proposals during the conference in Leeds (which will take place from 7-9th July). The Expression of Interest can be sent in Word format and should contain some answers to specific questions. The full detail of our requirements can be found via the document in the following link:

SCUTREA Secretary: Vacancy

Our current SCUTREA Secretary, Dr Sarah Galloway, will pass on her role during the summer period and we are thus recruiting a new Secretary to join our current Council members. We are very grateful for Sarah's work on Council during her time with us.

Expressions of Interest for this role should be sent to by the 5th of July so that the core team will have the time to look at the interest during the annual conference in Leeds (from 7-9th July).The main role of the Honorary Secretary is to schedule SCUTREA Council meetings, and write and circulate minutes from those meetings. Further detail on the role and duties of the SCUTREA Secretary - as stated in the SCUTREA Constitution - can be found via the following link:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SCUTREA 2015 Conference Update

Register to attend the SCUTREA Conference by 29th May

Our conference will be held at the University of Leeds from Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th July 2015. Please note the deadline for registering to attend is Friday 29th May. 
You can register your place by clicking Here.

Call for Abstracts: 'Re-enchanting the Academy' Conference

The organisers of the conference 'Re-Enchanting the Academy' at Canterbury Christ Church University have put out a second call for abstracts

The new deadline for submitting proposals is: Friday May 29th. The panel will respond by Friday June 26th.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Four New Lectureships in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University

Lancaster University's Department of Educational Research are seeking four lecturers to support their thriving PhD Programmes. They have a world-class reputation and are in the top six research-intensive Education departments in the UK, with 78% of their research rated internationally excellent in REF 2014. The closing date for applications is Sunday 24 May 2015. Interviews will take place on Monday 22 June 2015.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Book: 'The Victoria Mxenge Housing Project' by Salma Ismail

We would like to draw your attention to a new book by one of SCUTREA's members, Salma Ismail: 'The Victoria Mxenge Housing Project: Women building communities through social activism and informal learning'.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Editor Vacancy: Studies in the Education of Adults

The Editorial Board of Studies in the Education of Adults is seeking a new Editor to replace Jim Crowther, as his term of office came to an end in January 2015. Applicants are invited to submit their curriculum vitae, together with a statement which outlines their suitability for the editorship position, addressing the person specification in detail and outlining any future plans or changes they would like to introduce to the journal.
For further information, please download the accompanying document, which can be found at the following link: Applications should be submitted to Jim Crowther (

Monday, January 19, 2015

Extended Abstract Deadline: Friday 30th January 2015

Please note that our call for abstracts for SCUTREA's Conference, 'It's All Adult Education' has been extended until Friday 30th January 2015.

Our conference will be held at the University of Leeds from Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th July 2015. We invite abstract submissions by Friday 30th January 2015. Please note this extended deadline applies also to bursary applications.

The SCUTREA Conference provides a platform for researchers and professionals who engage with the education of adults and lifelong learning to address key areas of national and international concern. This year's conference theme – ‘It’s All Adult Education’ – is also seeking to reach out to those researchers and practitioners whose work may not be primarily focused on adults and lifelong learning but who have developed a keen interest in this area.

The full submission guidelines for this call can be downloaded from the conference web site: or by clicking on the image on the left.

Information on the bursaries available through SCUTREA can also be downloaded from the above site. Priority for bursaries has traditionally been given to UK doctoral students. However, applications from Masters students and adult education practitioners/activists/researchers will also be considered. Applicants must address the themes of the conference and demonstrably contribute to the field of adult education research.