Please find attached the 7th Briefing Paper in the EcCoWell 2 series, by Tom Schuller, Idowu Biao, and Mike Osborne, entitled, Rethinking Lifelong Learning within Current Contexts of Time and Space. The objective of this piece is to open up some fresh lines of thinking about lifelong learning by looking in a very broad way at the dimensions of time and place, in a global context.
Hosted by Access, Participation, and Success at the Open University, the webinar will be opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Blackman, who will reflect on how the Open University is working to address and reduce inequitable outcomes for BAME students. As well as presentations from 4 Higher Education Institutions, sharing experiences of their work, there will be an opportunity to share views and experiences in interactive sessions on MS Teams.
‘Only connect’. Never was this injunction more fitting than today. I scan the material in this issue and realise how much each is part of an interwoven web. As Chris Brooks observes below, we see ‘how poorly policies are tied up into a coherent strategy: housing, education, skills and infrastructure are all conceived and implemented as separate and non-connected policies. If only one could find a clear beginning and untangle strands into a neat and orderly ball. But there are too many ends and no free ends at all.
An opportunity that has arisen for an external examiner at the University of Edinburgh. Interested candidates should send a current CV and a brief paragraph highlighting their applicable experience to Jenny Hoy.
As advisers to the nation on all matters of science, medicine, and public health, we are compelled to underscore the value of science-based decision-making at all levels of government. Our nation is at a critical time in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic with important decisions ahead of us, especially concerning the efficacy and safety of vaccines.