Wednesday, March 18, 2020

SCUTREA Council Meeting and AGM - NOW VIRTUAL

Dear Council members, 

In view of the current circumstances we have taken the decision to cancel the face-to-face AGM at Birbeck on the 7th May 2020. Instead we propose to host a virtual meeting on this day via SKYPE. 

This online event will take place from 10am-12.30pm with the following timings: 
  • 10am: SCUTREA council meeting (for honorary and council members only).
  • 11.30am: SCUTREA AGM, open to anyone who wishes to attend.

We will provide more details closer to the time regarding the virtual forum. 

Honorary Treasurer Vacancy

Dear Members and Friends,

We are extending our call to recruit a Honorary Treasurer to the SCUTREA council. The role will be available from October 2020. Details about the Treasurer role can be found below.  Expressions of Interest, including an up-to-date CV, should be sent to by 1 st May 2020 so that the Council will have the time to look at the interests at its Council meeting and AGM to be held on 7th May 2020.

Many thanks and I look forward to your expression of interest.

Best wishes,
Dr Nalita James

Honorary Treasurer Vacancy

Cancellation of AEGT2020 in Vancouver

During the past week, a growing number of travel restrictions, health advisories/directives, and cancellations of “mass gatherings” have been announced around the world. “Social distancing”—the opposite of what AEGT2020 is about—is being adopted rapidly as the “new normal.” Faculty, staff and students at universities around the world are being asked to self isolate and use various technologies to continue their academic work from home. Given these circumstances, the decision has been made to cancel the AEGT2020 conference in Vancouver.  More detail can be found in the link below.

Notice of cancellation   

Monday, March 2, 2020

SCUTREA AGM Meeting to be held on Thursday 7th May 2020

Dear Colleagues,

This is a reminder about the forthcoming SCUTREA AGM Meeting to be held on Thursday 7th May 2020, at Room 101, 30 Russell Square, Birkbeck, University of London.

This meeting is going to be very important for the organisation as we will be approving the new Honorary Officer posts for Chair, Treasurer and Membership Secretary and SCUTREA 2021 conference.

The meeting will be followed by a Research Seminar on Adult Education and Community Activism.

Research Seminar: Adult Education and Community Activism
For those practicing/researching in the field of adult education in the UK it seems we are operating in the ruins of a once well recognised and funded terrain  Over the past two decades, the closure of Centres of Lifelong Learning in universities predominately across England and Wales; the eradication of funding and adult education programmes in FE; the closure of local government provision has resulted in what feels like the extinction of adult education. However, one area where adult education is alive and some may argue ‘flourishing’ is in community activism. This event aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and those with an interest in the area of adult education and community activism to reinvigorate the field of adult education. Research on community activism and adult education will be presented to stimulate discussion, including identifying pressing areas for ongoing research.

Invited speakers include:
·         Cassie Earl, Lancaster University
·         Emmanuel Gotora, The East London Citizens Organisation (TELCO) 
·         Greg Coyne, Workers Educational Association
·         Jeni MacKay, Queen Margaret University
·         Mae Shaw,  University of Edinburgh
·         Palmela Witter, Freelance consultant

The programme will be as follows:
9.45-11.00am              SCUTREA Council Meeting   - Private meeting 
11.00am-12.00pm       SCUTREA  AGM - All Welcome

12.00-12.45pm           Registration for Seminar/LUNCH
12.45-1.30pm              3 speakers
1.30- 1.50pm               Small group discussion
1.55-2.40pm                3 speakers
2.40-3.15pm                Small group discussion
3.15-3.30pm                Afternoon tea
3.30-4.00pm                Wrap up session
4.00-4.30pm                Chat and another cup of tea for those who can stay longer
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you wish to register your attendance for the SCUTREA meeting and Research Seminar please email: Nic Dickson

I look forward to seeing you in May.
Best wishes,