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Preliminary Programme as of 27 July 2011

Wednesday 31 August 2011 – Waterfront Campus

13:00 - 17:00      Conference registration

13:00 - 14:00      Welcome lunch

14:00 - 14:15      Welcome Address by the Host and SIRUS project consortium - EUA, EADTU, EAN, EUCEN

  • Debra Humphries, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Michael Gaebel, Head of the Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA)

14:15 - 15:15       Presentation of the project publication “Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies”

Introduction: Mee Foong Lee, Executive Secretary, European Access Network (EAN)

  • Hanne Smidt, Senior Adviser, European University Association (EUA)
  • Andrée Sursock, Senior Adviser, European University Association (EUA)

15:15 - 15:45        Coffee break

15:45 - 17:30       The Engaged University: Diverse approaches to Lifelong Learning in the European Knowledge society

Chair: Michael Gaebel, Head of the Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA)

Presentation by:

  • Helena Nazaré, Professor and former Rector, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Panel discussions with the speaker and:

  • John Goddard, Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Anne-Marie Mountifield, Executive Director, Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), United Kingdom
  • Laura Howell, Member of the Academic Affairs Committee, European Students' Union (ESU) 

19:30 - 20:30                     Evening reception at the Southampton City Art Gallery

  • The Right Worshipful the Mayor and Mayoress of Southampton, Councillor Terry Matthews and Mrs Lesley Matthews
  • Dawn Baxendale, Director of Economic Development, Southampton City Council, United Kingdom

Thursday, 1 September 2011 – Highfield Campus

09:00 - 9:15      The Engaged University – how to make it happen

Introduction to the breakout sessions by Hanne Smidt, Senior Adviser, European University Association (EUA)

09:15 - 11:00    Breakout sessions – Key issues for engaged LLL universities

  • Working group 1: Human and financial resource considerations for student-centred lifelong learning
  • Working group 2: How to overcome the perceived dichotomy between lifelong learning and excellence?
  • Working group 3: Lifelong learning: Gate opener to a diverse student body or a cash cow for higher education institutions?

11.00 - 11:30     Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30     Concluding session: Lessons learned for institutions and policy makers

Short reports of the discussions held in the breakout sessions by the moderators

  • Debra Humphries, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

12:30 - 13:00     Closing of the conference

13:00                  Lunch

Break-Out Sessions

“Success factors for Lifelong Learning: Breakout sessions”

  • Working group 1:     Human and financial resource considerations for student-centered lifelong learning.
  • Working group 2:     How to overcome the perceived dichotomy between lifelong learning and excellence?
  • Working group 3:     Lifelong Learning: Gate opener to a diverse student body and/or a cash cow for higher education institutions?

Themes

Working group 1: Human and financial resource considerations for student-centered lifelong learning.

Working group 1 will discuss staffing and funding implications for institutions that reach out to diverse groups of learners. Staff, both academic and non-academic, has to be dedicated and their competences developed accordingly, to provide LLL educational and service offers to cater to diverse learners. Therefore, the workshop will examine the creation of incentive and reward mechanisms for the implementation of LLL on the structural level, as well as for motivated and inspired individuals that are not necessarily of a financial nature. The workshop will also assess the sustainability of higher education LLL in times of financial austerity.

Speakers:

  • Bairbre Redmond, Deputy Registrar Teaching & Learning, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
  • Sue Colley, Associate Dean Strategy Delivery, Business & Enterprise, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, United Kingdom 

Working group 2: How to overcome the perceived dichotomy between lifelong learning and excellence?

Working group 2 will focus on the integration of LLL into the university, and how it impacts its other parts. It will specifically address the issue that LLL and widening participation are often suspected to compromise quality of educational provision and student performance as well as endanger excellence in research. Therefore, it will look into how links between education, research and innovation can be strengthened and examine the role formal institutional structures (like quality assurance measures, access and retention policy and offices, assessment practices etc.) might play to change attitudes in institutions. The group will specifically intend to identify good practice approaches to overcome the perceived dichotomy and whether and how LLL can or should be a driver for research.

Moderator: Andrée Sursock, Senior Adviser, European University Association (EUA)

Speaker:

  • Richard Lewis, council member of the British Accreditation Council and board member INQUAAHE, United Kingdom

Working group 3: Lifelong learning: Gate opener to a diverse student body or a cash cow for higher education institutions?

Working group 3 will discuss two seemingly contradictory concepts of LLL: as part of its social engagement on the one side, and as contribution to income generation as an entrepreneurial university on the other side. Lifelong learning is a powerful means to widen participation in higher education and reach out to a diverse group of learners. At the same time, the market for adult and continuing (professional) education is growing and universities are often competing with other commercial providers of LLL. The working group will explore whether these two concepts are really opposed, and to what extent they complement each other and can be blended into an integrated and overarching institutional LLL strategy.

Moderator: Hanne Smidt, Senior Adviser, European University Association (EUA)

Speakers:

  • John Goddard, Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Luc François, Advisor of the Rector for Internationalisation Policy, University of Ghent, Belgium

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