The annual conference this year for the UALL Work and Learning conference was held at the University of the Arts on Friday 24 June 2016. The venue was terrific and the rooms and catering spot on. The theme was one that invited people to think about existing and emerging pathways for what we do: 'The Changing Nature of Learning Through Work: Managing the diverse needs of higher education, what are the implications of the changing nature of learning through work?'. It turned out to be the day we all learned about Brexit, so the themes within the conference was given even greater focus. Our Keynote speaker was Professor Karen Evans, UCL Institute of Education who has long been involved in this area of practice and research. The conference explored the notion of flexibility in the context of work and learning, and the need to share both practice and research within this community of practice. Forty-six delegates attended the event from twenty-eight universities and organisations. We had a full-house of sixteen presenters for the conference, that led to lively discussion and debate. Topics were varied and ranged from 'Excellence in Customer Banking' to 'Competence, capability and context' to 'The Apprenticeship Hub: an innovative approach to working in partnership' to 'What makes for a really good Work based project?'. The PowerPoints and the biographies were shared, which is something we would like to do more of on this website with people's permissions. At the end of the conference day, David Boud and Carol Costley gave a brief session on research and Christine Eastman launched her new book! There was wine and nibbles and conversation to complete the event. Thanks go to Elda, co-convenor, Francesca and Paul who administered form MDX, Jim and Bianca who administrated for University of the Arts, Dave White who came down to talk to us at lunchtime, Kate who gave a responder speech, and all of the MDX university staff and delegates that presented and engaged in the relevant and thought-provoking discussions to make the day so memorable.
We mentioned at the conference in June that we would try to organise a new website for the Work and Learning Network. This site has now been agreed by...
A new website for the UALL Work and Learning Network