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48th eucen Conference
Dublin, Wednesday 01 – Friday 03 June 2016
Crossing borders through lifelong learning: enhancing quality and equity in higher education


Dublin City University (DCU), the Higher Education Research Centre (HERC) and eucen are glad to present the 48th eucen Conference. The event will take place at Dublin City University, Ireland on 01-03 June 2016. This year’s theme is Crossing borders through lifelong learning: enhancing quality and equity in higher education. During the conference we will be celebrating eucen’s 25th anniversary. Join us to celebrate!

Participants are invited to contribute papers, workshops and posters, many of which will be published in conference proceedings.


Lifelong learning programmes provide bridges for adult students who wish to enter higher education, particularly those from under-represented groups. Education is fundamentally a process of crossing borders: from one level of knowledge to another; from one stage of education to another; between higher education, work and wider life experiences; and from one set of life chances to another. Additionally, in the current context of significant migration flows, the issue of supporting lifelong learning for those crossing physical borders also presents a particular challenge to which higher education needs to respond.

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On December 1st and 2nd 2014, ACE hosted a conference on “Lifelong Learning in Ireland: Mission, Vision and Practice”. The conference was co-hosted by the European Association for University Lifelong Learning(EUCEN) which is the largest European multidisciplinary Association in University Lifelong Learning. The conference brought together professionals, educators, policy-makers and researchers who work in adult education and was a resounding success in re-establishing the Irish Network of EUCEN. Keynote speeches were made by UCC’s VP for Teaching and Learning, Prof. John O’Halloran, Director of ACE Dr. Seamus O’Tuama and by Dr Rob Mark, Head of the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Strathclyde University. All of the Irish Universities were represented through various presentations. A Capstone Public Lecture by Dr. Tom Schuller considered “The Three Capitals of Adult Learners”. It was a wonderful occasion and success for all involved and we look forward to the next conference in NUI Galway in 2015. Full details of the conference programme are provided below in addition to a selection of speaker’s presentations below.

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