Adult Education Research Circle: “Fostering community, democracy & dialogue”

In July 2020, with support from the Co-operative College, we held a webinar to encourage the formation of research circles of adult educators. Details are here.

Following this, a research circle has been meeting around the theme “Fostering community, democracy and dialogue”. For further information, contact Sharon Clancy, who is co-ordinating this circle, or one of the Commission joint secretaries.

Reconstructing Society for a Sustainable Future: The Need for Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

In April and May 2020, the Centenary Commission held four webinars on the theme “Reconstructing Society for a Sustainable Future: The Need for Adult Education and Lifelong Learning”. These were organised by the Co-operative College, in association with the WEA, Kellogg College, Oxford, the University of Nottingham, the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford University, and the Raymond Williams Foundation.

Speakers included Commissioners Dame Helen Ghosh, Sir Alan Tuckett, Melissa Benn ,Lord Bilimoria, Sharon Clancy, Melissa Highton, Roger McKenzie, Sir Kenneth Olisa, and Cilla Ross, Adult Education 100 campaign Patrons Dame Mary Beard and Ruby Wax, and Simon Parkinson, who had then recently joined the WEA as its new General Secretary.

Details, including recordings of the webinars, are available here.

Society for Educational Studies Adult Education Nottingham Workshop

Society for Educational Studies Workshop 13 December 2019

Centenary Commissioner Dr Sharon Clancy and Commission Joint Secretary Professor John Holford presented findings of their research project to a workshop at the University of Nottingham on 13 December 2019. Their presentations can be viewed below. The workshop was attended by #AdultEducation100 campaign patron Mel Lenehan (Principal of Fircroft College), as well as adult educators from organisations including the Workers’ Educational Association, the Co-operative movement, Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Children, Young People & Families, the British Society of Gerontology. The research project is funded by the Society of Educational Studies.

West Midlands Combined Authority celebrates 100 years of adult education

The West Midlands Combined Authority will have devolved responsibility for Adult Education from 2020. On 5th December 2019 it celebrated 100 years of Adult Education in the East Midlands. Participants included Julie Nugent, Director of Productivity and Skills at the WMCA, Centenary Commission Joint Secretary John Holford, Adult Education 100 campaign patron Mel Lenehan, and adult education students and teachers. For more information, see the WMCA press release below.

Adult education in a digital world

Adult education in a digital world, Nottingham 22 Nov. 2019

Centenary Commissioner Dr Sharon Clancy reported on the Commission’s work and discussed its significance at a conference organised by the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health. Further details are available here.