Community Development

CR&DALL Director Responds to Scotland's 'Statement of Ambition' for Adult Learning

Please find attached a response from Professor Mike Osborne, Director of CR&DALL, to the publication of Adult Learning in Scotland – Statement of Ambition.  This is a fully referenced version of an article entitled A Sense of Place, published in the July 2014 edition of Adults Learning (pp.29-31).

JOINT SEMINAR - "Learning in later life: Concepts, exemplars and contemporary issues"

We are happy to announce the continuation of our collaboration with the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde through a joint seminar to be given by Professor Brian Findsen of the University of Waikato, New Zealand (and a weel-kent face in Glasgow, being former Head of DACE at the University of Glasgow). Brian's seminar will take place on the 22nd of August and full details of location and time are given on the attached flyer.

PLEASE NOTE: to book a place reply to the contact given on the flyer NOT to CR&DALL.

Adult Learning in Scotland Statement of Ambition Launch - 21 May 2014

After a 14 month cross-sectoral consultation process, Scottish Cabinet Secretary Mike Russell officially launched a Statement of Ambition for Adult Learning in Scotland. Ambitious in scope and vision, it proposes that 'adult learning in Scotland will be recognised by all as a central element of personal and community empowerment' (p.6). Adult learning is framed as lifelong, lifewide and learner-centred, and the three stated ambitions are:

CR&DALL Themes: 

Education Systems in ASEAN+6 Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Educational Issues

The Asia-Pacific region is well known for its diversity in cultures, languages, historical backgrounds, political systems, and development stages. Despite this great diversity, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus its 6 major country partners -- Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea -- (ASEAN+6) share similar visions of educational development.

Reporting findings from the ESRC project Higher Education in Scotland, the Devolution Settlement and the Referendum on Independence

We would like to invite you to join us at a special event to explore the findings of the ESRC project Higher Education in Scotland, the Devolution Settlement and the Referendum on Independence, part of the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme, to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 24th June between 2:00 and 4:30pm.

The seminar will present the findings from the three strands of the project and will provide a chance for further discussion of the implications for the future of higher education in Scotland.

Radical Community Work

A new journal devoted to exploring radical community work practice will be launched later in the year. 

In the run up to the launch the editors are looking for active participation from the field (practitioners, activists, academics). There are three things you may wish to contribute:

1. We are looking for the first papers for the Journal and we are particularly interested in people writing about effective practice.  If you have an idea you want to discuss email:


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