The Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) hosts the Community Research and Engagement Network. This network has been developed and is managed through RecoverED. The network works hard towards developing community learning for adults – learning which exists in both formal and informal contexts. What this network is interested in is innovative models of engagement that start with the diverse needs of learners not with what educational providers or funders offer. Specifically, this network intends to focus on the means by which participants are able to take ownership or be more involved in determining the form of both their educational practice and the outcome of their learning.
This will see participant engagement as central within a form of critical pedagogy, working alongside social justice models such as capabilities for better evidencing and supporting outcomes for access and inclusion in lifelong learning approaches.
We have long term plans for this network and are delighted that UALL have been so supportive in taking this mission forward.