Monday, October 8, 2018

SCUTREA awards 2018

Tilda Gaskell Award for the Best Student Paper. The prize is a certificate and the return of the conference fees (but not travel costs). It is named after Tilda Gaskell who was an adult educator who was a regular attendee and won a SCUTREA award as a student. 
This year the prize goes to Beverly Hayward PhD student from Birkbeck for her paper” An exploration into the subject positionings of the female learning support assistant in post compulsory education, as they practice their art and craft”.

Ian Martin Award for the paper that makes the most significant contribution to social justice.  The prize is a certificate and £100 cheque.  It is named after, and judged by, Ian Martin (Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Edinburgh) 
This year the prize goes to: Christine Jarvis, Jane Wormald, Cheryl Reynolds, Amanda Aspland for their paper “Beginning with Hope: Widening Participation, Belonging and Relationship Building”

David Jones Award is for the best paper with a creative arts and/or international/comparative perspective.  This reflects the research interests of the late David Jones, a former secretary and chair of SCUTREA.
This year the prize goes to: Darlene Clover and Sarah Williamson for their paper “Seeing Beyond Belief: The Feminist Museum Hack as a Practice of Hope”

The 2018 award winners

Sunday, July 15, 2018

SCUTREA vacancies

Dear Members and Friends

The Honorary Secretary Dr Bonnie Slade is coming to the end of her Office terms and we are thus recruiting for a new secretary.

The specific role and duties of the SCUTREA Honorary Officer as stated in the SCUTREA Constitution can be found below.

Expressions of Interest, including an up-to-date CV, for this role should be sent to by 30 September 2018.

Many thanks and I look forward to your expressions of interest.
Best wishes
Dr Nalita James

Friday, July 6, 2018

SCUTREA 2018 Conference Programme

The SCUTREA conference is almost here. You can find the 2018 Conference Programme at the link below:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Registration is now open for SCUTREA's 2018 Conference

This year's conference will be hosted by the University of Sheffield's Department for Lifelong Learning, from 17th - 19th July 2018.

Early bird rates are available on all conference bookings made before March 30th 2018.

For more information on the conference visit:
For information on conference packages and options visit:
Or, to book your place visit:

Please note that the full conference package includes a drinks reception and conference dinner on Wednesday 18th July.

If you have any questions about this year's conference please contact us on the following email address:  

Formatting information and author guidelines can be found at the following links:
Author Guidelines         
Formatting Information

SCUTREA 2018/19 - Call for Expressions of Interest

Preparations are well underway for SCUTREA’s Annual Conference 2017/18 at the University of Sheffield from 17-19 July, and we are looking forward to welcoming you. In the meantime, we would like to start the process of organising our annual conference for July 2019. 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, BERA post-compulsory SiG and UALL events and FACE.

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 Friday 11 May 2017. This gives the Council time to discuss the proposals prior to our July conference, and make a formal announcement at the 2018 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?

Monday, January 22, 2018

Available bursaries for the 2018 conference

Doctoral Student Bursaries
For the 2018 SCUTREA conference, three bursaries are available to doctoral students studying in the UK who are on low incomes, not employed full time in HE and/or who do not have institutional support. Bursaries will also be given to students outside the UK if they or their institutions are members of SCUTREA. Applications from Masters’ students who do not have institutional support, 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.
Each awarded bursary will pay for students to attend the full conference only (Residential - Rate A).  Award holders will be responsible for meeting their own travel costs.
Each bursary will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Applicants should plan their bursary applications well in advance, taking careful note of the SCUTREA ‘call for paper’ deadlines.
The following criteria apply when assessing applications for potential funding:
  • Presenting at the SCUTREA conference
  • An abstract (accepted for presentation) followed by a full paper to be submitted by 5pm (GMT) the 14th of May 2018 (see call for papers).
  • Covering letter demonstrating a commitment to adult education and lifelong learning and explaining why they require the bursary.
Please make it clear when you submit your abstract that you are also applying for a conference bursary. The application deadline for each bursary is the same date as the revised abstract submission deadline: 9th of February 2018.
Successful applicants can expect to hear the outcome of their applications within a month of the deadline.

Please apply by sending your letter to:

International Bursaries

SCUTREA is delighted to announce that as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting researchers internationally, it is offering two international bursaries at the SCUTREA Conference.

Complimentary conference registration will be provided for successful applicants. Bursaries should be used towards the cost of economy travel to and from the conference, accommodation and subsistence.


  • Bursaries are available to individuals made up from the 84 countries classified as low income or lower-middle income as specified by the World Bank. See below for full listing of qualifying countries.
  • Applicants must be based in the qualifying country.
  • You must not have previously received bursary funding from SCUTREA.
  • Applicants must provide reasonable details of the amount of their claim. 

For more information, please visit the following link:

Good News!

We have decided to extend the deadline date for abstracts for the conference ("Lifelong Learning and the Pedagogy of Hope") to Friday the 9th of February. To download the full Call for Papers please visit:

We are also delighted to announce that we have secured a very high profile Keynote speaker for Wednesday morning of the conference. Please see the attachment for full details: