The conference

Annual Conference 2003
Forum for the Advancement of Continuing Education

University of Stirling 2-4 July 2003

Learning Transformations

Detailed programme for delegates available NOW

The University of Stirling is delighted to welcome you to the first FACE conference to be held in Scotland

Established in 1993, FACE is a UK wide network for those involved and concerned with Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning. As a multisector network FACE and its members are at the forefront of the challenges involved in providing Lifelong Learning opportunities for all. As an inclusive organisation FACE encourages collaboration and partnerships whilst maintaining a member-driven voice on the key issues for providers and learners. One important role for FACE is to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of information and practices in Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education. By promoting collaboration and innovation between providers and practitioners FACE aims to support and encourage a socially inclusive framework for Lifelong Learning, challenging exclusion and fostering full participation. Members come from all sectors of Higher Education, Further Education, Local Government, Voluntary Organisations and related organisations. With members from every part of the UK as well as international members, the FACE membership represents a strong network drawn from all areas of lifelong learning providers. Visit the FACE website for further information: www.f-a-c-e.org.uk

The conference

Learning transformations:

Changing learners
Exploring the implications of broad policy, structural and pedagogical changes from the perspective of an increasingly diverse learner population. The experiences of the individual learner set within the context of the widening participation agenda will be emphasised.

Changing organisations
Reflecting an increasing interest in intra- and inter-organisational structures and processes in support of learning, this strand will explore the forces influencing organisations involved with learning.

Changing communities
Examining the rhetoric surrounding the claims of lifelong learning as a significant force for social change, this strand will offer a critical perspective on the debate

The FACE conference 2003 will consider these three strands through four key 'themes':

  • ICT
  • partnership
  • pedagogy
  • diversity
These themes have implications which cut across all strands and the parallel paper sessions will highlight these.

Keynote Speakers
Alex Neil, MSP, Convenor, Enterprise & Lifelong Learning Committee of the Scottish Parliament
Linda McKay, Principal, Falkirk College of Further & Higher Education
Professor Peter Scott, Vice Chancellor, Kingston University
Melodye Shore, President, National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), USA.

Key Dates for Your Diary
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 January 2003
Deadline for submission of full papers: 30 April 2003
Deadline for conference registration: 16 May 2003

The Hosts

Your hosts will be the Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education (DAICE) and the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) within the Institute of Education (IoE). Together DAICE and CLL constitute one of the UK's largest grouping of academics in post-compulsory education with over 20 academic staff in this area, including four professors.

The Venue

The conference will be located on campus at the University of Stirling in its Management Centre, a fully-equipped conference facility with quality restaurant/bar facilities and accommodation which meets the Scottish Tourist Board's coveted 5 Crown commended classification.

En-suite single study bedroom accommodation is available on campus in the University's Andrew Stewart Hall. However, delegates may prefer to choose the integral hotel standard accommodation provided within the Management Centre. The conference fee includes 2 nights accommodation (2 & 3 July). Extra nights are available on 1 and 4 July. Please use the booking form to indicate your requirements.

Disabled Access
Please indicate on the booking form if you have any special requirements. There are 28 ground floor bedrooms at the Stirling Management Centre, two of which are specially adapted for disabled guests. Andrew Stewart Hall has five access level bedrooms but there are no lifts in the building, so they are unsuitable for wheelchair users. Disabled car parking spaces may be reserved at both locations.

Free parking is available at both the Management Centre and at Andrew Stewart Hall.

Using your laptop at conference
Stirling Management Centre bedrooms have network connection points which can be used for Internet access if your laptop has an Ethernet card or is able to work in a networked environment. The bedrooms are also supplied with telephone connection points for using with a modem. There are no facilities for laptop use in Andrew Stewart Hall bedrooms, but there will be a room set aside for this purpose at the Stirling Management Centre.

All meals, including breakfast will be provided in the Management Centre, apart from the Buffet Reception which will be held in the historic Airthrey Castle, where the DAICE offices are located.

The campus has been voted the most beautiful in Europe and is set within the estate of the 18th century Airthrey Castle. The Campus includes the recently refurbished arts centre and cinema, a concourse of shops including a branch of the Bank of Scotland, a Post Office and a travel agent, as well as extensive sports facilities, including a 9-hole golf course, the National Tennis Centre, a 50m swimming pool, and the newly equipped M P Jackson Fitness Centre with a full range of cardio-vascular machines and strength and conditioning equipment. Delegates will have full access to all sports facilities. Those resident in Stirling Management Centre will have free access, but Andrew Stewart Hall residents will have to pay on entry.

The historic city of Stirling is Braveheart's country, and is dominated by the famous Stirling Castle. For those intending to extend their stay in Scotland, Stirling provides an excellent location for onward travel to the Western Isles, the Fife Coast and even onward travel to Orkney and Shetland. John O'Groats is a mere 5-hour drive!
For more information about the city of Stirling, and for campus maps and a photographic tour, visit http://www.home.stir.ac.uk/map.htm

Transport Links

Stirling is located some 30 miles from Edinburgh Airport, 40 miles from Glasgow Airport and 60 miles from Prestwick Airport, to which both scheduled and low cost airlines fly from most UK airports. There are regular trains to Stirling from both main Scottish cities, and easy motorway access from the south. Delegates are encouraged to make early flight bookings to secure low cost fares. Airlines offering budget fares include:


Good deals on standard airlines may be sourced on websites such as:


For information on rail travel, visit


The Programme

The conference will start with lunch scheduled for 12 noon on Wednesday 2 July and conclude after lunch (approximately 2 pm.) on Friday 4 July. There will be a buffet reception in Airthrey Castle on campus on Wednesday evening, and the conference dinner and ceilidh will take place in the Stirling Management Centre on Thursday 3 July. Between sessions, you will be able to enjoy student artwork exhibited in the Management Centre by the Open College for the Arts (www.oca-uk.com). Full programme now available.

Other Events

As a Pre-FACE Event, with the Scottish Further Education Unit we are offering workshops on experiential learning on 2 July, 9.30 to 12.00 at the Castle Business Park, Stirling. The workshops will be led by Professor David Boud, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and Professor Michael Reynolds of the University of Lancaster. Email Jim.Ross@sfeu.ac.uk for further information or contact SFEU, Argyll Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling FK9 4TY. Tel +44 (0) 1786 892000, Fax +44 (0) 1786 892001, Email sfeu@sfeu.ac.uk

The Institute of Education also co-hosts the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, and CRLL's 2003 International Conference: Experiential-Community-Workplace: Researching Learning outside the Academy is on 27-29 June 2003 in Glasgow, allowing a few days to re-invigorate yourself for FACE. See crll. gcal.ac.uk.

National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)

John Storan's keynote address and the international strand's concurrent sessions added an exciting new dimension to the NADE 2003 conference in Austin. We hope to see FACE again well represented in St Louis next March and invite developmental educators and other learning assistance professionals to submit proposals for presentations at NADE 2004, which will be held March 10-14, 2004, in St. Louis. Concurrent sessions will highlight the conference theme, "Developmental Education: Gateway to Success."

To access the Call for Proposals on line, go to http://www.nade2004.com; from the home page, just click on the "Downloadable Forms and Info" link. The deadline for proposal submission is June 12 for applicants within the United States and July 31 for international applicants.

For more information, contact Bruce Myers, NADE 2004 Program Co-chair, at bmyers@kcc.cc.il.us.

Fees and Registering for the conference

The deadline for receipt of registration forms is 16 May 2003. Please download the registration form (in Word format) or Rich Text Format (RTF) and return either by email as an attachment to face@stir.ac.uk or post to FACE Conference Administrator, DAICE, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA. Fax +44 (0) 1786 463398.

Contact Details

FACE 2003 Administrator, DAICE,
University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA
Tel: +44 (0) 1786 467940
Fax: +44 (0) 1786 463398
E-Mail: face@stir.ac.uk
WWW: www.f-a-c-e.org.uk