Formal Education

Competition and diversity in UK Higher Education

Competition and diversity in UK Higher Education – online learning models, alternative providers and the changing shape of the sector



Professor Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University; Dr Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews, QAA; Gordon McKenzie, Deputy Director, Higher Education Structure and Shape, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Andy Westwood, Chief Executive, GuildHE

Co-operative Education Against the Crises

ESRI and the Co-operative College are co-hosting an event that will bring together academics and practitioners to explore and develop the potential of the Co-operative school movement.

The day will feature keynote presentations from world-renowned critical educational scholar Prof. Mike Apple (University of Madison-Wisconsin) and Mervyn Wilson (Principal, Co-operative College), workshops from a range of Co‑operative educational providers, and discussions focused on the practical tasks for supporting the emergence of the Co-operative school movement.

22nd EAN annual conference - The Evolution of Access: Adapt to Survive? New Challenges and Opportunities in Widening Participation in Higher Education

Globally, participation in higher education has risen substantially. According to the OECD ( Education at a Glance 2012) entry rates to university level programmes in OECD countries grew on average by nearly 25 percentage points between 1995 and 2010. Consequently, more than a third of today’s young people have higher level qualifications than their parents and around 62% of young adults are expected to enter university - level programmes over their lifetimes.

Conference: Interrogating Sustainability in Adult Learning Policy - 1st Call for proposals

The ESREA Network in Policy Studies on Adult Education is happy to announce its II Conference: Interrogating Sustainability in Adult Learning Policy: European and Global Perspectives. The Conference will be hosted at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark on 18-20 June 2014.

Scholars from all countries are invited to submit proposals. Proposals may relate to any part of the world, and to any topic related to policy in adult education and lifelong learning. The following themes are intended to inspire, rather than to set boundaries.

Higher Education Academy Mike Baker Doctoral Studentship

The University of Glasgow's Learning and Teaching Centre and the School of Education are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the Higher Education Academy for a three year full-time PhD studentship focused on 'evaluating the impact of student-staff co-created curricula in higher education'. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Catherine Bovill from the Learning & Teaching Centre and Professor Vivienne Baumfield from the School of Education.

Quality: a requirement for generating trust in qualifications (Cedefop Briefing Note)

We are pleased to announce Cedefop's latest Briefing Note “Quality: a requirement for generating trust in qualifications” for you to download in your preferred language (Spanish, German, Greek, English, French, Italian, Polish and Portuguese) and format (Pdf or eBook optimised for tablets and smartphones). [The English PDF version is featured below]

Please find below direct links to our three previous Briefing Notes:


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