As the 2024 Presidential campaigns begin to emerge in the U.S. it’s tempting to fall into familiar habits of oversimplifying the challenges we face to make it easier to pick a side. And, of course, that’s just what every campaign wants us to do. The truth, however, is that the binary choices on the ballot represent very complex mixtures of factions, powerbases, interests, aspirations, and preferences for how we want our government to understand and to address the increasingly complex problems America faces in the world.
The Arts of Inclusion Network event. 23 March 2023, 11am-3pm, Advanced Research Centre, University of Glasgow.
The purpose of this event is to present the work of The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) network and discuss the role of music for other-than-musical purposes, with examples form a recent book by TAI members, Music and Social Inclusion: https://eprints.gla.ac.uk/280374/. This event will offer opportunities for networking and is open to staff and doctoral students, as well as practitioners interested in the topic.
Another month has flown by! As ever, the epic theme affecting our work as widening participation practitioners concerns social mobility. This month’s newsletter tries to explore some of the key debates currently surrounding this matter, including the role that technical education it is likely to play in our work in the future, as well as planned changes to admissions.
A Policy Forum, entitled Transforming Education and Training in Australia – Challenges and Opportunities, was held on 15 February 2023 at RMIT University which aimed to contribute to the current policy conversations on transformation from the perspective of employment, education and skills development that ensures the principles of equity, gender, and sustainability.