Social Cohesion and Inclusion

5th International Conference of the ESREA Migration, Transnationalism and Racisms Network | Glasgow, 22 - 24 April, 2020

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On behalf of the School of Education and UNESCO RILA and CR&DALL we are delighted to invite you to participate in the next conference of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Migration, Transnationalism and Racisms Network, which will take place 22-24 April 2020, at the University of Glasgow. Featured below and attached, you will find the call for papers – abstracts should be submitted by 15 November 2019.

CR&DALL Themes: 

Adult Learning and Education: Active global citizens for sustainable development - a political, professional and personal account

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High quality adult learning and education within a full lifelong learning philosophy are essential to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.  Being active individually and organizationally in education for sustainable development and global citizenship is an obligation for political, professional and personal reasons.

Decolonising the curriculum: what’s all the fuss about?

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This event will provide an opportunity for colleagues from across Birkbeck and beyond to engage with the ‘decolonising the curriculum’ in higher education debate. Contributors will include Dr William Ackah, lecturer in community and voluntary sector studies at Birkbeck, Ezimma Chigbo from the Birkbeck Students’ Union and Dr Kerry Harman, from Birkbeck’s Research Centre for Social Change and Transformation in Higher Education.

Supporting refugees to access higher education - A rich resource from the European Resettlement Network

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Refugees can face many barriers to accessing higher education, including a lack of information, advice and individual guidance sensitive to their specific needs, inadequate provision of intensive language courses for academic purposes, and restricted access to government student finance schemes.

CR&DALL Themes: 

Disadvantage and Place in Scottish Secondary Education

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After the 2016 Scottish General Election, the Scottish Government put school education right at the top of its policy agenda, aiming to close the attainment gap between young people from less and more disadvantaged neighbourhoods. But by the summer of 2018, its flagship Education Bill had been shelved and, in the intervening period, the initially central policy focus on place-based disadvantage had faded away. This was a disappointing result for what had seemed like a very promising new direction for education reform in Scotland.

No need to keep learning if you don’t do any work?

This summer, we went to Russia, where we were driving across Kaliningrad Oblast and Pskov Oblast. In the museums and the zoo, where the price list promised student discounts, I produced my ISIC card and my fellow traveller – a vocational student’s card. Immediately, we were told that our looks undoubtedly gave our age away as the marks of grey were clearly visible.

We were laughed at. Ticket aunties looked out of their boxes in astonishment: “Students? Um… Are you joking?” One even offered us a pensioner discount.

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University of Glasgow Professor to chair Scotland’s refugee integration partnership and strategy

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A University of Glasgow professor and human rights advocate will lead the partnership supporting refugees and asylum seekers rebuilding their lives in Scotland, it was announced today (1 May 2018).

Professor Alison Phipps will take over as the Chair of the New Scots Core Group at the end of this month.


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