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                                                      CALENDAR OF EVENTS



4 March 2020: UCAS Media masterclass’, Edinburgh, The Macdonald

Back for a third successive year, UCAS Masterclasses will take a detailed look at the UCAS Undergraduate End of cycle Report, what has been learnt from 2019 and how the changing student landscape should be informing marketing and recruitment strategies in 2020.
UCAS is exhibiting at seven different locations across the UK. If you would like to attend a free masterclass, reserve your place at one of the locations below. A full agenda can be found here.

Booking is first-come, first-served and we have limited availability for each venue – book today to avoid missing out.


4 March 20120: CPD for WP Professionals – ‘Meeting the needs of schools’, New City College, London N1 6HQ

Causeway Education Director of Partnerships (Helen Drummond) delivers a CPD workshop on Meeting the needs of schools. Find out more about OFSTED and Gatsby in schools to understand why these guidelines are so important and how they can be used to enhance your offering to schools. Drawing on our extensive experience of training teachers and governors, this session will equip you to give schools what they really need, and communicate this in a language they understand.

Drawing on our extensive experience of training teachers and governors, this session (3pm to 6.30 pm) will equip you to give schools what they really need, communicate this in a language they understand, better plan sessions, and to learn the language that allows you to better communicate with teachers about your offer. You will understand why these guidelines are so important and how they can be used to enhance your offering to schools.

Please see a last month’s blog here, where Helen discusses the thoughts behind the advice included in her previous workshop (“objective-led planning”).


4 March 2020: Session 3: Analysing (evaluation) information, London

NEON four full day training sessions in 2020 around the evaluation of widening access activities, facilitated by Dr Graeme Atherton (Director, NEON & Head, AccessHE)

Further information on this training programme.


5 March 2020 (2-4.30 am): ‘The Changing Face of Community Adult Education in the East Midlands: Implications for Adult and Higher Education’, Nottingham

This workshop provides an opportunity to reflect on what our communities need, and what kinds of response is required from the education system – especially from universities, colleges and adult education organisations such as the WEA.
What kind of work should adult and higher education organisations be doing with the communities of the East Midlands? How should they do it? What lessons are there to be learned from past experience? Colin Kirkwood will reflect on a lifetime of community education that began in a mining town in the East Midlands, but took him on to continuing engagement – over five decades – with adult education in deprived communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh
There has been a lot of talk recently about the meeting the needs of “left behind” areas. Important reports – from the Civic University Commission, the Centenary Commission on Adult Education, and the Independent Inquiry into Lifelong Learning, among others – have been heavily critical of the destruction of educational provision for adults, especially in disadvantaged areas. Research shows there is a strong “Matthew effect” in adult learning: an intensifying division between those who get the benefits of education and those excluded. John Holford will explain the work of the Centenary Commission on Adult Education.
Contributors include:
John Holford (Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham, Joint Secretary, Centenary Commission on Adult Education; Linden West (Professor of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University; author of Distress in the city: racism, fundamentalism and democratic education (2016) – TBC); Colin Kirkwood (author of Community Work and Adult Education in Staveley, Derbyshire 1969-72); Rob Hunter (Chair of Leicester Ageing Together, former local authority Community Education adviser); Lorinda Liversidge (Education Coordinator, WEA).
There is no fee, for this workshop, promoted by the University and College Union (UCU – Nottingham University Branch.


10-11 March 2020: Digifest 2020, Jiscmail, International Convention Centre, Birmingham

Digifest is the edtech event for middle and senior-level managers and change leaders in further and higher education. Taking place annually over two days, Digifest celebrates the power and  possibilities of digital technologies and how they’ll be shaping the ways we teach, learn, live and work in the 21st century.

‘Industry 4.0’ technologies are already all around us, changing the ways in which we live, work and learn. By 2022, the skills required to perform most jobs will have shifted and 54% of all employees will require re-skilling and upskilling.

So how to prepare for this transformation? Digifest 2020 captures the excitement and challenge of managing that evolutionary change – a challenge that will see wholesale changes to the jobs market where 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 have as yet to be invented!

Over the two days Digifest 2020 will explore: Education 4.0 and the world of work; Lifelong learning; Ethics and 4.0; Learning spaces with digital injection; Education 4.0: technology in action, sharing best practice.


17-19 March 2020: Courageous conversations and adventurous approaches: Creative thinking in tackling inequality, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2020, Edinburgh,

Supported by the Scottish Funding Council, the event will bring together the annual EDI conference and the biannual Scotland EDI conference into one three-day event with the theme Courageous conversations and adventurous approaches: Creative thinking in tackling inequality. Day one will have a specific focus on EDI work and policy in Scotland.

We are seeking submissions from EDI practitioners and academics who have taken courageous and adventurous approaches to embedding EDI into their work and have redressed the balance of inequality for students and staff. We’d like to hear about the latest initiatives and projects that are making a real and lasting difference in the sector.

Conference’s sub-themes:

  • leading the change: Embedding strategic approaches to equality in colleges and higher education institutions
  • breaking the taboo: Addressing hidden and stigmatised areas of inequality confidently and effectively
  • positive action: Advancing underrepresentation and inequality through targeted initiatives
  • EDI and leadership
  • belonging and safe space
  • bridging the gaps
  • thinking forward: Effective management of EDI in a changing environment
  • skills building for EDI change.


24 March 2020 (from 10:00-12:30 – lunch will be provided after the event): ‘What is the future for adult learning in the UK as we enter a new decade?‘, UNISON offices, Euston, London
This free seminar, with presentations and panel discussions – part of the OU-APS Seminar Series 2019/20 – will explore the state of adult learning in the UK with an eye to the future. It is being run in collaboration with the Social Partnerships Network. Convened by Dr John Butcher Director Access and Open at the Open University panellists will include representatives from the Learning and Work Institute, NEC, UNISON, and WEA.

We will be updating our website with the agenda, confirmed speakers and further information as it becomes available.

Book here.


25 March 2020: Special Educational Needs and Disability Conference, central London
As the government launches a SEND review into the Children and Families Act 2014, Westminster Insight’s annual conference has a range of knowledgeable speakers: Anne Heavy, Independent Adviser from the review and National Director for Whole School SEND at NASEN; Malcolm Reeve, National SEND Leader, Whole School SEND; Dr Joseph Mintz, Associate Professor in Education, Institute of Education; Dr Julia Katherine, Head of Inclusion, Portsmouth City Council; Ann Jones, Principal Adviser for SEN, Barking and Dagenham Council; Professor Sonia Blandford, Director, Achievement for All.

Mainly aimed at school and college staff this conference also gives insight into SEND school and college developments (including teachers who support pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs), and opportunities to network with peers from local authorities, schools, and the voluntary sector.


27 March 202: ’Whole institution approach to improving commuter student engagement and success’, central London

Edge Hill University, in collaboration with the National Union of Students, is pleased to offer a free workshop for higher education providers and students’ unions to utilise research evidence about developing a whole institution approach to improving commuter student engagement and success.

The workshop is intended for teams of staff and students (made up of between two and five members), and priority will be given to carefully selected teams if places are limited. The workshop will focus on using the research evidence to develop interventions, involve pre- and post- workshop work, and
participants are requested to implement and evaluate their interventions, approaches or strategies, and share their experiences and impact with Edge Hill University providing feedback on the progress and impact of their work up to three times via an on-line survey, email or a phone call.
The anticipated outcomes are that by the end of the workshop each team will have:

  • reviewed their institution’s strengths and weaknesses with regards to commuter student engagement
  • assessed their institution’s progress towards a whole institution approach to improving commuter student engagement and success
  • identified priorities to improve commuter student engagement and success
  • developed evidence-informed interventions, approaches or strategies to enhance the engagement and success of commuter students, and contribute to a whole institution approach; and
  • planned the evaluation strategy (based on theory of change and logic chains, identifying intermediate and longer-term impact) that can be used to evaluate the impact of the intervention.

For more information please contact Liz Thomas


31 March 2020: ‘The First Step of the Journey Into HE’, Stand Alone / UCAS conference, UCL, London

Stand Alone is running this conference in collaboration with UCAS. You will hear from UCAS about the new tick box for estranged applicants to self-identify and the UCAS project around supporting estranged students at pre-application stage.

A panel of current estranged students will share their experiences of the challenges they faced when applying to higher education while at school/college.

The aim of the conference is also to explore how to provide information, advice and guidance for estranged applicants and their teachers/advisers through outreach pre-entry and support with transition into your institution. You will have the opportunity to discuss best practice with colleagues in a workshop of your choice. For enquiries please contact Susan on


1 April 2020: Session 4: (Evaluating), making an impact, London

NEON one of four full day training sessions in 2020 around the evaluation of widening access activities, facilitated by Dr Graeme Atherton (Director, NEON & Head, AccessHE)

Further information on this training programme.


1-3 April 2020: Diversity, identity and inclusion in Lifelong Learning:  Shaping a 2020 vision for mature students, UALL 2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, University of Liverpool
This is a pivotal time for lifelong learning within higher education. Institutions are being challenged to create a learning landscape that not only widens inclusion and diversity, but which also actively reaches out to mature learners, a group often neglected in the widening participation debate. This conference will explore the context, frameworks and approaches needed for lifelong learning to thrive in the coming decades. It will encourage international as well as UK perspectives and encourage participation from both consumers – mature students themselves – and those involved in delivering vision and programmes within the higher education sector.

Conference themes:

  • Engaging, teaching and retaining lifelong learners
  • Work-based and work-related learning
  • Widening participation and mature students
  • Learning, maturity and motivation.

2 April 2020: Next steps for improving social mobility in England: the impact of the Opportunity Areas programme and tackling regional inequality affecting young people, Westminster Education Forum policy conference, Central London

The seminar follows the recent announcement from the DFE of an extension of the programme for a further year backed by funding of £18m to target improvement in educational outcomes, careers advice, and teacher recruitment. Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss priorities for the next parliament and options.

The agenda will: address regional inequality in the UK and its impact on the opportunities for young people; analyse the current landscape of social mobility and the Opportunity Areas Programme impact so far, progress in improving social mobility in cold spots across England. And examine new ways to tackle inequalities among young people together with best practice in using current educational provision and developing community-led solutions and partnerships to improve opportunities for young people.

Delegates will consider the role of universities including:

  • deepening their relationships with schools and colleges,
  • increasing students access to university before and during the application process through activities such as summer schools and campus visits, and
  • improving the transition to university, with enhanced support when students first arrive.

The chair of the All-Party Group on Social Mobility in the last parliament, Justin Madders, will be chairing a session at the conference. Speakers include: Dame Martina Milburn, Chair, Social Mobility Commission; Alison Wilson, Deputy Director, Opportunity Areas, Department for Education; Anand Shukla, Brightside; Sarah Holmes-Carne, Kenton School; Dr Tim Coulson, Norwich Opportunity Area; Wayne Norrie, Greenwood Academies Trust, Nottinghamshire – and Anne-Marie Canning, King’s College London and Bradford Opportunity Area. To book.


6 – 7 April 2020: ‘Personalising Learning Through Personal Tutoring’, UKAT national conference, Glasgow, UK

The UKAT, {UK Advising and Tutoring), Annual Conference provides professional development opportunities for advisers, academics, researchers, administrators and students who are invested in helping higher education students achieve academic success. The conference provides opportunities to learn from experts in the field, gain knowledge and review effective practices with colleagues, and participate in interactive workshops. A wide range of learning formats are offered, including poster sessions, exhibitor presentations, and networking opportunities.

This 5th Annual conference explores how personal tutoring makes a fundamental contribution to the personalisation of learning and connects the formal curriculum to student goals and aspirations to enhance student success.


22 April 2020: Employability Symposium 2020: Breaking the mould, Advance HE, at AdvanceHE York

Individuals and society are increasingly expecting a different return on their investment in a university degree. Given the current policy context and a focus on graduate level outcomes by the OfS it’s important to understand and anticipate what this topography means in order to enable student success.

This symposium will explore how HE providers are focusing on these shifts: to work in new ways, to collaborate, to provide fuller foundations for continuous learning and ultimately to provide a long-term commitment to ensuring students succeed and maximise their chances of chosen progression, in particular towards employment.

AdvanceHE is particularly keen to encourage submissions that cover:

  • Inter and/or transdisciplinary approaches to employability.
  • Designing inclusive approaches to employability opportunities.
  • Innovative, high impact pedagogies.
  • Policy and institutional contexts focused on systematic and strategic change.


21 April 2020: Advance HE’s ‘Student Retention and Success Symposium: the Role of Mental Wellbeing’, York

Our Student Retention & Symposium is an annual event. This year’s Student Retention and Success Symposium is mental wellbeing in the curriculum and university. We will be considering structures and culture that support wellbeing and the impact that wellbeing can and does have on student retention, transition, and success. Dr Michelle Morgan, a well-known commentator on the student learning experience & student wellbeing, will deliver an opening keynote on the day. Further information on the link. IF you have any Dr Joan O’ Mahony (Senior Advisor, Learning & Teaching, Advance HE) will lead the Symposium. If you have questions about the symposium content or your submission please email Call for contributions deadline: midnight 28 February

22-23 April 2020: Access, Participation and Success (APS), 6th International Biennial Conference, Open University, Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes
Whose voice is it anyway? Putting students at the heart of widening participation policy and practice. The OU’s 6th international Access, Participation and Success (previously Widening Access and Success (WAS)) biennial conference conference shifts the focus away from policymakers and widening participation practitioners towards the voice of students who are either under-represented or disadvantaged and how they experience higher education. It aims to explore whether the strategic direction and approaches implemented by higher education (HE) providers reflect the experiences of students who come from diverse backgrounds. Outcomes of the event will be collated to inform future policy and strategic decisions.
The conference will focus on specific characteristics associated with access, participation and success, recognising that students will inevitably present multiple characteristics.  Based on sector-wide priorities the themes of the conference will be:
Students from low socio-economic backgrounds

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
  • Disabled students, including physical, mental and learning difficulties
  • Mature learners
  • Care leavers
  • Carers

Delegates will enjoy a mix of student and policymaker panel discussions, lightning talks and workshops plus keynotes from leading sector practitioners and academics.


23 April 2020: Next steps for improving social mobility in England – the Opportunity Areas programme, tackling regional inequality affecting young people, and the roles of education and business, Westminster Education Forum policy conference, central London

This seminar focuses on latest developments in policy and local initiatives aimed at improving social mobility in England. It is bringing together stakeholders with key policymakers to assess next steps for the Opportunity Areas programme.

Delegates will also discuss priorities for policy as the new government pursues its ‘leveling up’ and regional investment agenda. It comes with further commitments to further investment in skills provision, further education and training expected to be made in the forthcoming Budget. The discussion also takes place in the context of the Social Mobility Commission’s Barometer poll for 2019 which highlights a gap in optimism between young people in different areas of England, who were asked if they felt there were good opportunities for them to do well in their region. The seminar includes a keynote contribution from the Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Dame Martina Milburn – and will follow the expected publication next month of the Commission’s latest state of the nation report.

Speakers include: Alison Wilson, Deputy Director, Opportunity Areas, Department for Education; Anne-Marie Canning, King’s College London and Bradford Opportunity Area; Dr Tim Coulson, Norwich Opportunity Area; Chris Derbyshire, University of Sussex; Richard Hamer, BAE Systems; Sarah Holmes-Carne, Kenton School; Adrian Hurst, Stoke City FC; Ellen McHugh, St Albans Girls’ School; Wayne Norrie, Greenwood Academies Trust, Nottinghamshire; Anand Shukla, Brightside and Chris Starkie, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

This seminar will analyse the current landscape of social mobility: the Opportunity Areas Programme including innovation in tackling inequalities among young people – the role of employers, widening access to university, and retaining young people within a particular region; the role of education and the4 future of the Opportunity Areas Programme. To book.


6 May 2020: ‘The next steps for developing degree apprenticeships’, Westminster Higher Education Forum, central London

The agenda includes: Future priorities for degree apprenticeships; Implementing an effective and sustainable funding model for degree apprenticeships; Next steps for widening access to degree apprenticeships – raising awareness and the role of degree apprenticeships in widening university participation; Effectively regulating the quality of degree apprenticeships and registering providers; and ensuring high quality delivery and standards of provision – improving course design and perceptions.

Speakers include: Sarah Cowan, National Centre for Universities and Business;

Mark Dawe, Association of Employment and Learning Providers; Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director for Standards Development, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council; Sarah Cowan, Policy Lead for Skills and Talent, National Centre for Universities and Business and Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers. Book here.


7 May 2020: Education and Wellbeing: A focus on Care-Experienced Students in FE and HE’, National Network for the Education of Care Leavers annual Conference, De Montfort U’niversity, Leicester

Save the date. Booking is now open for the conference at DMU in Leicester. Early bird rates available to 20 March 2020. More information on the content and programme arriving shortly – a number of speakers confirmed already.


21 May 2020: ‘Mentally healthy universities: live, learn, work, support’, central London

UUK will be launching the second phase of the StepChange strategic framework in March 2020, following the publication of the University Mental Health Charter by Student Minds in December 2019. There is an ever-growing understanding about the important role that health and mental health plays in everyone’s lives, affecting all aspects of our day to day activities. The launch of these strategic frameworks creates new opportunities for universities to make mental health a priority for students and staff.

The conference will explore how institutions can develop and implement a whole university approach to mental health to create a supportive and healthy environment for students and staff to live, learn, and work.

3 June 20120: ‘Beyond “what works?” in access to HE: Achieving high quality in all outreach practice’, Causeway Education Conference 2020, London
The event will explore the relationship between high-quality, student-centred approaches to widening participation outreach and positive student outcomes – could it be about “how you do it” as much as “what you do”?
Aimed at professionals working across the widening participation sector, university practitioners, third sector innovators, and policy drivers alike, will hear from leading experts in panels and keynote speeches. Although evaluation and new evidence are integral to building an understanding of effective models, is it equally as vital to focus on enhancing existing practice?
Delegates will gain insight into: the best way to engage and integrate outreach with schools to ensure consistent messaging and joined up processes; how to embed a high-quality approach through training of widening participation staff and ambassadors; strategies to gather and act on student perspectives of widening participation outreach.

Tickets are free, but registration will be necessary prior to the event. Save the date, registration will open in March. For further information, or if you are interested in contributing to the event, please get in touch at

3-4 June 2020: Beyond measure? Exploring what counts in higher education, QAA’s Scotland’s 4th international enhancement conference, Glasgow city centre.

Save the date. Registration open January 2020. We’ll be welcoming 450 delegates from around the world with the common goal of enhancing HE strategy, policy and practice. The 2020 conference will centre on four questions: How can we use evidence to support decision-making?  What counts as valid evidence?  How can we ensure we are working in partnership with students?  How can we ensure that we are using evidence ethically?

  • Through plenary sessions, papers and workshops, we will explore five conference strands:
  • Understanding student demographics, retention, progression and success
  • Using big data to enhance learning and teaching and the student experience
  • Creating and valuing evidence beyond numbers
  • Empowering staff and students to use evidence
  • Supporting employability and the development of graduate skills.


4 June 2020: ‘What Happens Next – Moving On after Graduation’, Stand Alone CPD Conference, University of Sunderland

Estranged graduates struggle with barriers into a graduate job or moving on to postgraduate study.

Whole university departments and initiatives are dedicated to improving access and retention for students from non-traditional backgrounds. At Stand Alone we have been aware that transitioning out of university also presents a challenge for estranged students.

In 2019 therefore we undertook a survey to find out about the kind of barriers and challenges for students estranged from their families experience when moving on after graduation. We published our findings in our report ‘What Happens Next’ in January 2020.

This conference will look at the findings of our report and what it means to estranged students who are heading into employment or postgraduate study. We will explore what kind of support the HE sector can implement but also what government and employers should do to improve the successful transition of estranged graduates. There will be presentations from universities who are already developing support postgraduation as part of the student life cycle.


4 June 2020: ‘Improving student retention 2020, Universities UK’, central London

Student retention continues to be a key challenge facing universities, and one which is compounded by recent and ongoing changes affecting the sector. This one-day conference will give delegates a full understanding of innovations and new best practice surrounding retention, as well as the knowledge you need to approach the challenge of student retention in your own institution.

This conference is aimed at delegates with strategic responsibility for student retention, who will hear from policy makers, experts in retention, and from peers and colleagues. A unique opportunity to come together with colleagues and experts, share learnings and ideas, and discuss best practice for student retention in your institution.


4 June 2020: Next steps for arts and culture in England – widening participation, fostering innovation and collaboration, and implementing Arts Council England’s new ten-year strategy, Westminster Media Forum policy conference, central London

Discussion will focus on the impact and implementation of the strategy’s key elements:

  • developing the creativity of individuals and communities across England;
  • encouraging collaboration and innovation in the creative and cultural sector; and
  • an investment strategy that targets ambition, the pursuit of quality, and the ability to successfully adapt to change, as well as diversity and environmental responsibility.

This conference: as the UK looks to reposition itself within Europe and the wider world, further sessions will look at the role of policy in maximising opportunities for England’s arts and culture internationally. To book.

Speakers include: Michelle Dickson, Director, Strategy, Arts Council England and Emma Squire, Director, Arts, Heritage and Tourism, DCMS; Lucy Crompton-Reid, Chief Executive, Wikimedia UK; Sarah Ellis, Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company; Adam Joolia, Chief Executive Officer, AudioActive and Freya Murray, Creative Lead, Google Arts and Culture Lab. Chair: Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


18-19 June 2020: ‘2020 NEON Summer Symposium’, University of Exeter.
The theme of the eighth Summer Symposium is “Let’s work together – how can students shape the future of widening access”. The conference will examine the priority placed on involving students, both prospective and existing, in the design, delivery and evaluation of widening access & participation at the strategic and operational level. How can we ensure more effective, equal partnership with the beneficiaries of widening access initiatives and that the student voice becomes a key part of the work which is carried out across the whole student lifecycle?
During the conference, we will be discussing the importance of partnership working in order to both widen access to higher education (HE) and to support students from under-represented groups through HE into employment.  We will hear from key figures from the education sector talking about why the student voice is important, and we will discuss the challenges of engaging students in a productive way that enhances the work we do and ensures that their needs are being met.

To submit a paper proposal (deadline 3 April 2020).
Bringing together key figures from across the education sector, policymakers and employers with organisations from across sectors committed to social mobility through widening access to HE, thus NEON’s eighth Summer Symposium will be the most important event for those working in the field in 2020.


1-3 July 2020: FACE annual conference, ‘The place of Higher Education and Lifelong Learn ing: a vision for 2020 and beyond’, University of East London, Stratford

The 2020 FACE Conference (organised and delivered by Continuum at the university of East London Stratford campus). This part of London has a rich cultural heritage and delegates will enjoy the mix of Stratford’s industrial past as well as being able to see the impact of redevelopment and regeneration which was accelerated by the 2012 Olympics. This is an excellent opportunity to share your research and practice with like-minded professionals in a collegiate setting. You will be welcome at the FACE Conference and UEL, the place of higher education and lifelong learning in East London.

Submissions for Abstracts, Paper presentation, Symposia, Posters, and for the Panel discussions. Visit here to see the find out more and to register.


7-9 July 2020: Teaching in the spotlight: Creative thinking to enhance the student experience: From curriculum design to student success, Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 Advance HE, venue tbc

Across higher education the focus on enhancing all aspects of teaching and learning remains a critical issue for those seeking to provide an outstanding student experience at all levels of taught provision. At the heart of excellent teaching is curriculum design – to achieve great curriculum design requires excellent staff and the result of great curriculum design is an improved student experience and increased student success.

Advance HE’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2020 will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context, in particular this year the conference will explore creative thinking for enhancing the student experience and improving educational outcomes and experience. The conference will focus on all aspects of teaching and learning from initial curriculum design, through improving assessment and feedback, creative initiatives to retain students, and work that results in improved attainment. All these elements along with other aspects of teaching and learning result in increased student success and satisfaction.

10–13 August 2020: Unprecedented challenges and possibilities for sustainable development and e-Learning in higher education, HETL, Johannesburg

The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference will provide academics, researchers and higher education practitioners with a forum to exchange ideas, experiences and research findings relating to the preparation and support of students, teaching and learning methodologies, the use of open, distance and e-learning approaches, educational research, organisation of educational systems, and the impact of sustainable development on higher education and the broader society.

Theme 2 for proposals: Support Strategies and Practices for Student Success (student support) Creating supportive and caring environments for students Cultural Connections and student well-being – Inclusive campuses Refugee Education – Integrating refugee, minority, and non-traditional students Student counselling, career guidance and psycho-social support Strategies and practices to improve student retention, and e-learning in higher education sessions and posters Providing for students with disabilities Preparing students for the world of work.

More information on the conference and HETLC.


8-10 September 2020: NET2020 Conference, University of Bath

The leading annual international conference for networking in healthcare education, NET2020 addresses all areas of healthcare education across all healthcare professions. This year the conference will focus on the following themes:

  • •    Student experience, engagement and achievement: including the sub-themes of Inclusivity in healthcare education; Widening participation; Student support and wellbeing; and Retention and success in healthcare education.
  • Educational enhancement: including the sub-themes of Humanising healthcare education; Assessing the impact of pre- and post-registration learning on clinical practice; and Partnership working.
    •    Learning, teaching and assessment strategies: including the sub-themes of Evidence-based learning, teaching and assessment; Inter-professional learning and working; Education in clinical practice and practice development; and technology enhanced learning.
    •    Key challenges in healthcare education: including the sub-themes of Global challenges in healthcare education; Developing the future healthcare education workforce; and Social, economic and policy drivers in healthcare education.

Bookings are currently not open but see conference website for further details.


27-30, October 2020: ‘Improving Social Engagement Through Adult Education’, 69th Annual AAACE Conference, Reno, Nevada

The conference seeks answers to several questions. What is important for adult educators to “do” in the various adult education contexts, such communities of practice, the workplace, academia, and social media, that creates opportunities for improved discourse? How can those lessons be transferred into the community? How can adult education theories and practices be harnessed into a guiding force for constructive dialogue and mutual respect? How can adult education give a voice to the voiceless who have ceased engaging in discourse for fear of marginalization?
This annual conference includes the following:

Commission on International Adult Education Pre-Conference (CIAE, October 26-27)

Commission on Distance Learning and Technology Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media (CDLT, October 27)

Commission of Professors of Adult Education Co-Conference (CPAE, October 29).

For information on the call for papers and proposals visit here.

(The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfilment and positive social change. To that end, we provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.)