SCUTREA Conference 2018
Lifelong Learning and the Pedagogy of Hope

17th to 19th July 2018 - Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield

The SCUTREA 2018 conference will be hosted by the Department for Lifelong Learning (DLL) at the University of Sheffield. DLL has a long and proud reputation for supporting adult learners and delivering high quality education to a diverse student body. 

Our conference theme – “Lifelong Learning and the Pedagogy of Hope” - aims to showcase the transformative nature of adult education and to celebrate and promote successes in adult education at both micro- and macro-scales, in order to reassert the central importance of adult education to individuals, communities, employers and families, and to the health, wellbeing and economy of every neighbourhood, region and nation.
Whilst the Department’s work is largely in a Higher Education setting, we are very keen to encourage the submission of papers, symposia, posters and roundtable presentations from colleagues working and researching across a whole range of different settings and in diverse subject areas. Discussions of these will further enhance each other’s learning and practice and inform current and future research.

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker on Wednesday 18th July will be Rt Hon. Professor the Lord Blunkett

The conference will take place at Halifax Hall, a beautiful period mansion hotel and conference centre owned by the University of Sheffield.

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About the University of Sheffield and Department for Lifelong Learning

The University of Sheffield is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities. Our outstanding performance for excellent teaching and research, as part of a genuinely global community, is consistently confirmed by international independent assessments.

The University's Department for Lifelong Learning has over 40 years' experience in welcoming mature students back into education. We act as the University’s gateway for mature students who don’t currently have the qualifications to allow them to enter Higher Education. By offering a wide range of degrees with a foundation year we support students to develop the study skills, subject knowledge and confidence to succeed at degree level study.

Adult education in Sheffield has a rich history stretching back to the formation of the University of Sheffield. Penny donations given by the city's workers helped create an institution dedicated to the further development of the local area and its communities, and many of the University's first students were working-class Sheffielders attending part-time classes. We still hold this ideal today and we're proud of our distinctive origins as an institution set up by the people of Sheffield for the people of the Sheffield.

We understand what it’s like to be a mature student. We know that our students have work, family and other commitments and we provide the support they need to succeed on their chosen course.

About Sheffield

Sheffield is a vibrant city bursting with character and creativity.

Known the world over as “The Steel City”, Sheffield was famed for its industry in the heyday of the 1900’s and remains a city of innovation to this day. However the smoking chimney stacks are no more and instead you’ll find a green, modern cityscape set against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park.

We have a friendly, independent and alternative spirit that you won’t find in other cities, alongside a thriving cultural scene boasting award-winning theatre, beer, music, festivals, street art and so much more.

Find out more about Sheffield

Places to visit:

The Peak District

Chatsworth House

Sheffield Theatres

Museums Sheffield

Find out more about our conference venue Halifax Hall