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Research and Practice in Adult Literacies (RaPAL)

Love Literacies, Love Lifelong Learning: Health, Well-being, Partnerships and Workplaces


RaPAL Annual Conference

Saturday, 5th April 2014

Birmingham City Hospital, UK

RaPAL (Research and Practice in Adult Literacies) represents practitioners, learners and researchers in the field of adult literacies in the UK, Ireland and beyond. We have strong international links in the field of adult literacies and with 78 other organisations across Europe, we recently joined the ‘European Literacy Network’, ELiNET. We enjoy engaging in debates that touch on English language and literacy, numeracy and digital skills across homes, communities and workplaces.

Our conference is being held on Saturday 5th April at City Hospital, Birmingham in England. This venue provides a fantastic opportunity to focus on our broad themes of adult literacies in work and life, and which include a wide variety of partnerships and in the contexts of health and well-being. We will be joined by key note speakers from the University of Wolverhampton and, via link-up, Washington State University. We have a wonderful range of workshops, including from the; Community Health and Learning Foundation, the Reading Agency, specialists in writing, digital literacies, online and workplace learning. We are excited to have peers beaming in from Australia to talk about award-winning community health and literacy projects.


Key Speakers:

Dr Linda Lang

Professor Lang is Dean of the School of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton. She will talk about the work of the faculty and the concept of Life Long Learning, focussing on a recent development for a University Technical College (UTC) in the Midlands. The UTC ‘Health Futures’ aims to support and develop 14-19 year olds to be able to achieve their goals and aspirations through HE and employment in careers in the Health Sector.

Dr Sondra Cuban

Sondra Cuban will speak from Washington State USA about her ESRC research project profiled in her 2013 book Deskilling Migrant Women in the Global Care Industry. The study focused on a group of migrant women who were care assistants in England’s care sector. Sondra will discuss their digital strategies to connect and care for their families abroad amid tensions they experienced with their paid care for older persons in England.





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SRHE Student Experience Network

Thursday 23rd February 2012

Registration 11.00am – 11.30am

Seminar 11.30am – 4.30pm

SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

At the Heart of a heartless system, the new student experience? Shaping relationships in Higher Education

A one-day SEN seminar discussing partnerships, relationships and generations

A number of current terms for student are often criticised for their ideological baggage. Monetized labels such as ‘client’ and ‘customer’ implicitly reframe academics as providers and producers, reducing the student experience to the status of product. Such thinking establishes not only fixed identity roles, but also the flow of the process governing transactions between them. One way of disturbing, or at least questioning, this logic is to focus on the quality and nature of the relationships between the actors.

This one-day Student Experience Network seminar examines the relationships between HEIs, academics and students. It questions how they are conceived and suggests ways to enact them. What, for example, is the tension between generational politics and notions of partnership? If there is a new ‘radical’, ‘lost’ or ‘jilted’ generation forming (to name three recent books), how should HEIs and practitioners pursue partnership with them and vice versa?

Structured around four speakers, the day will provoke practical and useful discussion for anyone with an interest in student engagement, staff/student relationships, and the way in which the student experience is framed around them.

Dr Paul Ashwin, Senior Lecturer in HE in here@lancaster, the HE Research and Evaluation Centre in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University.

Colin Bryson, Director of Combined Honours Centre, Newcastle University.

Dr Ben Little, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies,University of Middlesex.

Dr Sabine Little, Editor of Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education (Continuum, 2011), University of Sheffield.

Professor Valerie Hey, Head of Education, Professor of Education,University of Sussex. (Discussant)

Graeme Wise, Assistant Director (Policy), National Students’ Union (Discussant)

Event booking details

To reserve a place at this seminar please register at or telephone +44 (0) 207 427 2350.   SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is £25 [full time students £20]. Non-members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived. Please note that places must be booked in advance and that a £25 for non-attendance will  be charged if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non-attendance has been given in advance.


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