2016 Annual Seminar

2016 Annual Seminar

Social mobility and the mature learner: UK and international perspectives

The UALL Annual Seminar focused on current issues and initiatives in the higher education lifelong learning arena and this year’s Seminar addressed two highly important developments:  Social Mobility, and the future of European engagement.

‘Social mobility’ has become an increasingly important issue in the lifelong learning world, in recognition of which the Prime Minister set up a Social Mobility Advisory Group organised by Universities UK (UUK). The final report of this group was recently published and Fiona Waye of UUK presented the background to the group and the findings of the newly-published final report. Among the findings Fiona highlighted the recommendation that there should be recognition of 'second chance' higher education for adults.

How the lifelong learning sector conducts relationships with the European Union in a post-Brexit world is of great significance, and Professor John Field, University of Stirling, presented his assessment based on his long experience including his recent visiting professorship at the University of Cologne in his presentation on: Lifelong learning and the European Union: what now?

John's presentation included analysis of the referendum on EU membership and the often conflicting data behind the result.  Inevitably he did not make predictions of the effects of the 'leave' vote on the lifelong learning sector.

The presentations are available here:  Fiona Waye, Universities UK and Professor John Field, University of Stirling


The Programme is available HERE


Birkbeck University
Bishop Grosseteste University
University of Bristol
Brunel University
University of Cambridge
Dublin City
Durham University
Hong Kong
Middlesex University
Newcastle University
The Open University
University of Oxford
Trinity Saint David
University of York



  • Links with the major agencies in the sector, and opportunities for advocacy and contribution to policy formulation
  • Continuously-updated intelligence on policy, funding and strategy at the highest levels in the sector
  • Free or reduced price entry to conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Engagement with action, theoretical research and other funded activities
  • Opportunities for free or reduced price UALL publications
  • Membership of specialist networks, acting as communities of practice across the sector in; Employer engagement/CPD, Work-based learning, Widening participation and social inclusion, Women in lifelong learning, Student and staff development



American Association For Adult and Continuing EducationCanadian Association for University Continuing EducationEuropean University Continuing Education network Higher Education Lifelong Learning in Ireland Network (HELLIN)PASCAL International ObservatoryTurkish Council For Continuing Education (TUSEM)Association for Professional, Continuing, & Online Education (UPCEA)

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