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The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) was founded in 1973 after a group of colleagues like Roby Kidd from Canada, Paul Mhaiki from Tanzania, Helmuth Dolff from Germany and Paul Bertelson from UNESCO headquarters had met a year before for CONFINTEA III in Tokyo. They agreed to work towards a global civil society based organisation bringing national and regional associations in adult learning and education together.

The Gendered Journeys project is an interdisciplinary, international mixed-methods project that explored gendered inequalities in India, Rwanda, and the UK using online surveys, interviews, and eco-mapping techniques to address persistent and growing gender gaps in STEM study and working, particularly in global south contexts. The team has engaged in a wide range of impact and outreach activities, including eco and network mapping activities at ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, ARCadia festival, Open house for the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2023 as well as Reimagining the Contemporary in Indian Education Conference held at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India.

A new PIMA (PASCAL International Members Association) Bulletin on Climate Justice Education is now published. This Bulletin grew out of the conversations within the PIMA Bulletin Number 48, January 2023 January 2023 Bulletin TOC | PIMA Network where we began to (re)envision relations between humans and the more-than-human world from different vantage points.

Abertay University is delighted to announce a partnership with SCAPP (Scotland’s Community of Access and Participation Practitioners). SCAPP provides a practitioners’ network to support the development and professionalisation of a strong widening access and participation community in Scotland and by doing this embed, enhance and support effective practice. SCAPP encourages and coordinates the sharing of best practice and policy developments that impacts students from underrepresented backgrounds in tertiary education.

On Thursday, 19th October 2023, Swansea University hosted a Leverhulme Lecture titled “Pedagogical Capabilities in Islam to Create, Maintain and Develop Justice-oriented Learning Cities”. The lecture was presented by Nematollah Azizi, a Leverhulme Professor at the University of Glasgow and a faculty member at the University of Kurdistan in Iran. This visit was organized by Swansea University, along the International PASCAL Observatory collaboration, where Swansea Learning City and Swansea University are active members and were happy to host Professor Azizi as their guest from their partner University of Glasgow.  The lecture by Professor Azizi aimed to explore the role of Islamic pedagogical capabilities in creating and maintaining justice-oriented learning cities.