Diversity, identity and inclusion in Lifelong Learning:
Shaping a 2020 vision for mature students
I regret to have to inform you that after further discussion and review of the national and international advice relating to public health, UALL has reluctantly decided to postpone this year's conference, that was to be hosted by the University of Liverpool, until 2021.
We had hoped by this time that way would have looked clearer for hosting the conference later in the year. However, it is still uncertain and we do not want to cause our members and delegates undue stress and worry about attending the conference in these uncertain times.
Before making this decision, we had considered whether it would be possible to move the conference completely online but neither UALL nor University of Liverpool have the capacity to host a 3-day online event and ensure that it is of the same high standard that we want our conference to be.
We are aware that this will cause disruption to your diary and that it will be as disappointing for you as it is for us but we are convinced that at the present time, this is the most prudent course of action to follow.
What will happen now
Whilst this is a frustrating time, it is not all doom and floom. The University of Liverpool has agreed to host the conference in 2021 and it will be the same splendid event that they were planning for this year. We have an extra year to plan and the scope to extend the focus of the conference the celebration of outstanding work in lifelong learning.
The Conference will now be held Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th March 2021.
I was going to be presenting, will I have to re-submit my presentation?
No. We will be contacting all our fantastic presenters in the upcoming week to see if they would be willing and able to present next year.
We will also liaise the WPLL journal editorial board to ensure that the conference delay will not impact those who wished to havre their papers published. Therefore, those who did want to submit their papers to the journal will not have to wait until they have presented at the conferene to proceed with publishing. We will be providing information in the next week to our presenters on how best to proceed.
Will the awards still happen this year?
No. The UALL officers have decided that the awards should also be postponed until next year.
However, this means that we will be able to open up the awards again for additional nominations and we create a special category to celebrate the work of colleagues who have innovated through and after lockdown.
More information will be circulated in the coming weeks regaridng the awards. We will also be contacting those who have already submitted an application to provide the opportunity to amend nominations to reflect any changes to their work/ project that may have occurred during these strange times.
What will happen to my registration?
We are working with Liverpool to see if the bookings that have been received so far can be rolled over into the next year. The hope is that registrations can roll over to next year meaning there will be no confusion or inconvenience for registered delegates.
However if this is not possible, we will arrange refunds. Once we have confirmation from Liverpool's Finance Department, we will be advising all our registered delegates on their next steps.
I want to thank you for your ongoing support. It is not an easy time for any of us but I am continually astounded by your messages of support for UALL during these difficult times. So UALL wanted to personally thank you for your kind words and solidarity.
We will be contacting you in the next coming weeks as we outline the new conference dates, new deadlines for awards and the WPLL journal.