To promote learning in and through work and professional practice, paid or unpaid.
• Extend and disseminate good practice in relation to the development, facilitation and assessment of work and learning in HE
• To promote and disseminate research in the field of work and learning
• Provide events and network opportunities for HE colleagues to support staff development
• To promote the standing and use of work and learning, in HE, with employers, policy makers, professional groups and other stake holders
• To influence government agencies in the development and application of appropriate policies and procedures for work and learning
• Values the high level learning that can be gained in and through work-based practice
• Promotes the development of work and professional practice and learning as an important and integral part of academic awards
• Promotes the linking of scholarly activity and professional practice
• Encourages the development of work and learning as a critical pedagogy
• Recognises that learning is a contextual praxis
• Acknowledges that learning is political and performative in that learning based in work seeks not only a somewhat rigid ‘knowledge of’ but also seeks to change, improve or subvert situated practice through reflection and research
• Asserts that learning should be emancipatory, in that it has the potential to empower learners
• Has a growing research agenda
• Is increasingly involved in policy and lobbying through UALL
The Work and Learning Network provides workshops, seminars and conferences for members as well as a national lobby (through UALL) to influence the direction of Work and Learning in higher education.