UALL 2020 Annual Conference

Diversity, identity and inclusion in Lifelong Learning:  Shaping a 2020 vision for mature students

Foresight Conference Centre, University of Liverpool

1-3 April 2020
Second Call for papers, panels and workshops

Update: Conference organisers are pleased to announce that Lord Kerslake has agreed to be a keynote speaker for the 2020 Conference. Further details to come.

Submissions are invited for proposals for papers, workshops and posters in line with the conference theme of shaping a 2020 vision for mature learners and the sub themes: 

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

The conference in underpinned by three main cores:

  • Diversity
  • Identity
  • Inclusion 

We encourage submissions which focus on: 

  • Policy: shaping the future of lifelong learning for mature learners
  • Practice: sharing practice 

We would also value submissions for specialist workshops which focus on the professional development of practitioners to achieve a strong and changing future for lifelong learning e.g. how to: influence policy, publish, achieve professional accreditation, prepare submissions or bids to support practice

So now that I've convinced you to submit, you're wondering how do you submit? 

Please send all applications to by 31st January 

Paper presentations

Please submit a short abstract, 300 - 400 summarising the focus of your paper and please indicate which theme you think your presentation falls best under to aid programming allocation.

Those accepted to present papers will be invited to submit a full paper after the conference for consideration of publiction in a special issue of the Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning (Open University) journal. 


At our 2019 Telford Conference, we hosted interactive workshops and extended discussions on key areas of development. Please send an abstract of between 250 - 300 word detailing the aims of your workshop and the ways in which you will engage participants in interaction. 


We have programmed a dedicated slot to an informal showcasing of practice where delegates can speak to practitioners and hold informal conversations. These will be held linked to the conference sub-themes. Please send a short proposal (1-2 paragraphs) on what you would like to showcase and how it relates to a sub-theme.

If you have any queries please do not hesiate to contact the administrator at or our Honorary Secretary Mary Mahoney at

The UALL annual conference 2020 is organised in partnership with the University of Liverpool’s Go Higher Foundation Diploma which is celebrating 20-years of providing access to higher education to mature students without traditional entry qualifications.



The Open Univerrsity
Middlesex University
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
Bishop Grosseteste University
Canterbury Christ Church
Dublin City
Durham University
Trinity Saint David



  • 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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