SCUTREA Conference 2016

Major international conference on adult education comes to the University of Leicester


The Standing Conference on the University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA) will be held from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 July 2016 at College Court Conference Centre, University of Leicester.

The theme of the conference will be 'Adult Education in Austere Times'.

View the Conference Proceedings 2016

About the Conference

Adult Education in Austere Times

Adult education matters. It matters at home, in work, and in the community. It matters to families, to the economy and to our health and wellbeing. Its decline is indicative of the huge price this and future generations are set to pay for the politics of austerity. Yet it could not be clearer that we are living through times that demand more adult education and learning, not less.

At the conference we will explore the tensions between the politics of austerity and the positive impacts and benefits of adult education, by addressing themes that could include:

  • Active citizenship
  • Adult education, character and the cultivation of virtues
  • Career enhancement and development
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Families and communities
  • Formal and Informal learning
  • Learning in multiple communities
  • Lifelong learning and mobility
  • Skills and employment
  • Second chance education
  • Social inclusion
  • Teaching and learning environments/spaces
  • Wellbeing and aging
  • Widening participation

 Keynote Speaker

  • Dr Jim Crowther, Senior Lecturer in Community Education in the School of Education, University of Edinburgh.

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Announcement, June 2016

Like many other Universities at this time we are currently reviewing a number of our courses and teaching activities. This includes the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning (VCLL).

We are currently consulting with our staff and trade unions regarding the future of VCLL. While these discussions are taking place, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend entry to programmes and courses run through the centre which start in September 2016.

The exception to this is our CertHE Social Welfare, Advice and Guidance course, run in conjunction with the Highfields Centre, which is recruiting for September 2016 entry.

If you are interested in undertaking one of our full or part-time programmes, please call a member of our admissions team on 0116 252 5281 to discuss your options.