HELLIN Conference 2018  ‘Transitions: Lifelong Learning and Higher Education’

Learning spans the lifetime of every individual.  The contexts in which learning takes place cannot be separated from the influences of political, social and economic concerns. The HELLIN conference in Maynooth University, Friday 7 December 2018, asked some difficult questions of the whole landscape of the formal education system. It also posited an alternative vision through the lens of Lifelong Learning of how things might be better achieved for the Twenty First century.

Societies and the individuals within them are poised to experience unprecedented levels of uncertainty in terms of employment and job security.  It is predicted that in the future people will need to be able to move between multiple careers.  To this end we need to think about Lifelong Learning not only in terms of upskilling for current careers, but also for retraining or reorienting people utilising their accumulated lived experience.

We considered: What kind of advice, guidance and information people require to make good decisions for their education, career and wellbeing? How do we accommodate those who are currently considered non-traditional or atypical students? How do we reach those who would not normally regard education as being relevant to their life or circumstances?  And beyond the pragmatic concerns of the market, how do we present education and learning as something that can help us live, give life meaning, and understand ourselves and the world around us? How do we manage these transitions currently and how can we manage them better for the future?  These are some of the themes we hope to explore on the day.

Keynote speaker: Prof. John Holford, The University of Nottingham, Robert Peers Chair in Adult Education, will present: Wider lives need wider education: lifelong education for 21st century citizens.

Parallel Thematic Panel/Facilitated Workshops

1. Lifelong Learning / Further Education – Higher Education and CPD (Policy and Practice)

Dr. Rory O’Sullivan, FE to HE Network; Wendy Fowles-Sweet, University of the West of England, Bristol; Deirdre Goggin, Cork Institute of Technology.

2. Experiences of Diverse Learners (e.g. older learners, migrant learners)

Dr Amin Sharif Isaloo, University College Cork; Professor Sabina Brennan, Trinity College Dublin; Dr. Patricia Doyle, Maynooth University and Recovery Academy of Ireland

3. Advice, Guidance and Information.

Dr Aoife Kerrigan, Maynooth University and Inner City Renewal Group; Bernadette Walsh; Maynooth University and CareersPortal.ie, Anthony Murray, Dundalk Institute of Technology

4. Alternative Routes to Higher Education.

Damian Butler University College Cork; Sarah Grimson, Trinity Access Programme; Dr. Willy Kitchen, University of Sheffield

Plenary Session: Lifelong Learning Reimagined – An Alternative Vision for Higher and Further Education 

Dr. Fergal Finnegan Maynooth University; Dr. Mary-Liz Trant, SOLAS; Professor Maria Slowey, Dublin City University; Dr. Bryan Maguire, Quality and Qualifications Ireland; Chair: Peter Cassells, Maynooth University

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