A great success

A great success

UALL 2017 Annual Conference
5-7 April - York

The Annual Conference was held in York between 5 and 7 April 2017. 85 delegates attended, including a good number from Europe, America and Asia. The timetable was packed with 40 presentations on a very wide variety of topics within the theme of Lifelong Learning: Local, Regional, International? These ranged from professional development and work-based learning to community mental health projects and debates in a local pub.

Keynote addresses were by Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor, York St John University, and by Professor Alice Warren, President of UPCEA, UALL's sister organisation in the USA.

The informal and social aspects of the Conference included a welcoming buffet evening on the Wednesday and the formal Conference Dinner the following day, which was held in the imposing surroundings of the Merchant Taylors Hall. The dinner was concluded by the ceremony for the annual UALL Awards for creativity and innovation in lifelong learning provision.  This ever-popular event was as usual compered with showbiz panache by Pauline McManus (Warwick), with UALL Chair Peter Neil presenting certificates to the runners-up, and finally the winner’s award of the coveted UALL Trophy, together with, for the first time, the new International Trophy. 

Friday morning saw the international input, including the International Panel from our affiliated organisations in Europe and Turkey. After the formal close of the Conference delegates were offered a tour of York by local students.

Delegates agreed that the Conference was a very rewarding experience. Our thanks to all who attended and contributed to this success. 

The 2017 UALL Awards Ceremony took place at the Annual Dinner - full details of the Winners and Runners-up can be found at HERE
A selection of workshop presentations:

Using partnerships to deliver innovative outreach materials at a national level
Julie Gowen (Open University, UK)

Learning City in a multiscale perspective: Researching the practice of lifelong learning in Bristol
Keri Facer and Magda Buchczyk (Bristol)

Aligning local knowledge to global contexts: A work-based perspective
Paula Nottingham (Middlesex)

Creating openly licensed courses for use in workplace and community settings
Pete Cannell (Open University, Scotland)

Program for Lifelong Learning at the Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway: Symbiotic learning systems to encompass an expanded notion of lifelong learning
Olav Eikeland (Oslo and Akershus, Norway)

Co-construction of knowledge between university and kindergarten: What lessons can be learned from a case study of practice in Norway and England
Kay Heslop, Liz Atkins and Lucy Currie (Northumbria)
Anne Furu, Inger Marie Lindboe, Karen Marie Eid-Kaaby (Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway)

We were pleased that the Vice Chancellor of York St John, Professor Karen Stanton, opened the Annual Conference on the Thursday morning.

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



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