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It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that we announced that our dear friend and colleague Srabani Maitra has died. Srabani, who was Professor in Sociology of Adult and Vocational Education within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, contracted meningitis, and despite all efforts over a two-week period could not recover.

We are thrilled to announce that our good friend and UNESCO Chair collegue, Prof George Openjuru, Vice-Chancellor of Gulu University has been elected as the African Educationist the Year by the African Leadership Persons of the Year organization.

Core CR&DALL member Anna Wilson, University of Glasgow, has recently launched a new project funded by the UK's EPSRC through the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre. CC(U)S Futures is a collaboration between staff at the University of Glasgow, University of Stirling and University of Strathclyde. It is developing Place-Based Participatory Speculative Fiction as a tool for exploring workforce understandings of and imaginary constructions about the possible impacts on local landscapes and lives resulting from large-scale implementation of carbon capture, use and storage (CC(U)S) technologies.

Higher education institutions (HEIs) must evolve into agents for lifelong learning with the help of innovative institutional strategies – this was the key message of a recent international conference organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and Shanghai Open University (SOU), ‘Promoting lifelong learning in higher education: From institutional strategies to practical implementation’. Held in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, from 19 to 21 October 2023, the conference welcomed over 250 participants, including university leaders, policy-makers, higher education experts, scholars and researchers, from China and abroad.

This special edition issue of AJAL is comprised of articles with a focus on capturing and illuminating the experiences provided in and through work and how they contribute to adult learning and development more generally, as well as those associated with occupational capacities and subjectivities and workplace competence. In this way, the special issue is not about workplace learning per se, but rather the kinds of experiences and legacies arising from adults’ participation in work practice and the activities and interactions that comprise working life.