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We are happy to share with you the latest newsletter - Issue 4/2019, featured below - of our project VINCE; an ERASMUS+ project that is developing training materials for university staff working in processes of Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) and Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning (VNIL) with migrant and/or refugee students.

We have pleasure in announcing the 2019 Winter School on International Perspectives on Education Policy (IPEP) which will take place at the University of Verona, Department of Human Sciences, November 10th – 15th, 2019. Application deadline: September 13th, 2019.

This is the first Call for Proposals for the Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF), taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from Thursday July 18 to Saturday July 20, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh, Center for Urban Education.

The seminar examines the experiences of women working with digital technology, from academic and practitioner standpoints.

In March, the University of Glasgow hosted the first knowledge exchange meetings of the SFC - GCRF funded CR&DALL project Workers by Self-Design: Digital Literacies and Women’s Changing Roles in Unstable Environments.

FACE is now delighted to invite applications for a sponsored place at the 26th FACE Annual Conference hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, 3rd -5th July 2019.

This final event of SUEUAA presents cases of engagement from our six countries as well as selected other papers from Africa and Asia, and will be of interest to academics, policy-makers and officials in cities and students from around the world.


The 2019 PASCAL XVIth Conference from 16-19 October 2019, will have a focus on adult/lifelong learning place-making and cohesion. This three-day international conference will bring together scholars and practitioners who develop learning opportunities in community settings.

Digital learning media open up new and different opportunities for learning and teaching. It is important that these opportunities are open to those who do not enjoy privileged access to education, including refugees and migrants and people with low levels of basic education.

Literally@Newbattle is a collaborative venture involving a range of partners – Midlothian Council, Queen Margaret University, Scottish Mining Museum, Newbattle Abbey College and local writers’ groups. We will focus on engaging with children, young people and families in Midlothian through a diverse two-day programme.

What is happening around lifelong learning these days? How are countries making lifelong learning a reality? What are the latest developments in policy and practice? This is issue No 5, 9 April 2019, of the UIL Lifelong Learning Alert.

Bit by bit, a data-intensive substrate for education is being designed, plumbed in and switched on, powered by digital data from an expanding sensor array, data science and artificial intelligence.

Many small rural communities in the U.S. and around the world are losing populations due to mechanization of agriculture, outmigration of young adults pursuing higher education, and an aging of the resident population. These trends led to shrinking markets for essential businesses which, combined with pending retirements of business operators, left these communities with fewer basic services needed to attract and retain populations. Further aggravating the situation is that the small businesses do not receive financial incentives or other support for their operations.

This talk focuses on the growth of the higher education industry and specifically the expansion of private companies in the higher education sector. The higher education industry consists of diverse, multiple and variegated markets. Much of the literature concentrates on markets in which universities are increasingly sellers of products and services. This research contributes new knowledge to the field by focusing on the other side of the industry, namely on how universities are increasingly buyers. It specifically focuses on the market-making processes in the time of market emergence or initial market construction and argues that trust is a key constitutive element of market relations.

The recent PASCAL and PIMA report on Good Active Ageing, which I edited with Denise Reghenzani Kearns, discussed the implications of the convergence of the demographic and technological revolutions. The demographic revolution with ageing populations is occurring at a time when revolutionary changes in digital technologies associated with artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnologies are impacting on society with this impact certain to increase. How soon superintelligence arrives is a matter of lively discussion.

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