The Annual Conference is the high point of the UALL calendar, where professionals in HE lifelong learning get together from the UK and overseas. The venue for 2014 was the University of London, Senate House, with the highly topical theme of Transforming pedagogy? Flexible learning, teaching and innovation in the 21st century. As usual, delegates gathered on the evening before the Conference for a drinks reception and informal buffet and the chance to meet and catch up with old friends. It is the Conference custom to launch significant books, and this evening saw the launch of Men Learning through Life (NIACE) with the editors of the book connected by skype across three continents.
Following the official opening by Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Adrian Smith, the official Conference featured a packed programme of over thirty presentations and keynote addresses by distinguished speakers from the UK: Professor Diana Laurillard, Dr Alison Le Cornu and Professor Penny Jane Burke. International speakers were: Dean Karen Sibley, USA, Robert Wensveen, Canada, and Professor Shirley Walters, South Africa.
The Drinks Reception and Conference Dinner were held in the Grand Connaught Rooms. At the reception there was a second book launch Lifelong Learning in Europe: National patterns and challenges by John Holford, Ellu Saar and Odd Bjorn Ure. The Reception was sponsored by the publisher Edward Elgar.
The Conference Dinner, in the grand Connaught Rooms, was a superb occasion. It is the tradition that this is the occasion of the presentation of the UALL Awards, for innovative and successful learning programmes, now in their sixth year. The winner, The Discover Course from the University of Sheffield Institute for Lifelong Learning, and three runners-up received their Awards to great acclaim.
By the end of the Conference delegates departed tired but with batteries recharged by the many discussions, presentations and general networking with colleagues from the UK sector and around the world.
To see the presentations from the keynote and workshop speakers, please click here