Important Announcement regarding the 2020 FACE Annual Conference

We write to you in our respective capacities as Professor Verity Brown, PVC (Impact and Innovation) University of East London and Professor John Storan, Chair of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE). It is with great disappointment that we have to inform you that due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the decision has been jointly taken to postpone this year’s  FACE conference: The place of widening participation and lifelong learning, which was to be hosted at the University of East London from the 1st to the 3rd of July.

On behalf of the FACE Executive Committee and the FACE conference team at the University of East London we regret not being able to run the conference this year and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. The FACE conference, as many of you will know, is the premiere event in the field of access and widening participation in higher education and attracts delegates not just from all parts of the UK but also internationally. We would therefore like to thank all delegates and colleagues for their interest and support for the conference. The FACE conference team led by Tony Hudson and Agnieszka Spytkowska deserve special thanks for all their commitment and hard work in planning and developing the conference.

The FACE Executive will be looking to reschedule the conference at a yet to be determined future date taking account of all official advice and guidance concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will keep you updated through both the conference and FACE websites as well as the monthly FACE e-bulletin. The FACE conference team will be in touch with conference delegates directly to arrange refunds and related matters.

Thank you again for all your continued support and understanding and we look forward to seeing you at the next FACE conference.

Warm regards
 Prof Verity Brown PVC, UEL / Prof John Storan, Chair of FACE

The FACE Conference 2020 team would like to take this opportunity to thank colleagues who have supported the conference by submitting an abstract and registering as delegates. We are currently working with UEL’s finance department to arrange for registration fees to be refunded as soon as possible. We must also thank our abstract reviewers who have provided timely and constructive advice to abstract authors. Lastly we must also thank our keynote speakers who kindly offered to share their experience and expertise in a keynote session. We hope that you will join us for the next FACE Conference.

Kind regards

Anthony Hudson
Agnieszka Spytkowska

Abstract submission - deadline first call 5 April 2020

Presenters are encouraged to share their work in creative ways and we welcome novel styles and formats to engage delegates and stimulate discussion. Please read all the information below before submitting an abstract for your presentation.

Who can submit an abstract?
The FACE Conference 2020 welcomes abstract submissions from: practitioners, researchers, academics, and policy makers working in a wide range of settings. Previous conferences presenters have been drawn from further education, higher education, third sector bodies, local and national government; professional bodies and sector organisations; as well as independent researchers and evaluators.

What are the conference themes and topics?
In order to be inclusive and capture the diversity of the sector the FACE Conference 2020 welcomes abstract submissions on key conference themes as well as topics which are related to the aims and mission of FACE and UEL.

Key conference themes
The key conference themes are: the role of place in higher education and lifelong learning; delivering social justice and equity through education; reducing risk and maximising opportunities for collaboration and partnership working in a post Brexit environment.

Conference topics
Conference topics include:

  • Access & Participation Plans
  • Education as a public good
  • CEIAG and employability
  • Equality and diversity
  • Evaluation and managing data
  • National and international partnership working
  • NCOPs / Uni Connect
  • Outreach
  • Social mobility
  • Student support – academic and pastoral
  • Student success
  • Teaching and learning
 
Colleagues who have not attended a FACE conference and are unsure whether their work would be relevant should contact the conference team in the first instance. We would be pleased to advise you on the suitability of your topic and the most appropriate format.
 
 

Paper presentation

Abstract: 500 words maximum including references.

Symposia

Abstract: 750 words maximum including references.

Panel discussion

Abstract: 750 words maximum including references.

Poster presentation

Abstract: 500 words maximum including references.

Paper presentation – 30 minutes

Presenters are required to submit an abstract of up to 500 words maximum, including references, for peer review. Individual papers will be grouped with one or two other papers in a 60 or 90 minute session. Each presenter will have 30 minutes and are expected to present for no longer than 20 minutes with questions at the end of the presentation. Abstracts will be published in the conference programme and available on the conference website.

Symposia – 90 minutes

Symposium convenors are required to submit an abstract of up to 750 words maximum, including references, for peer review. We suggest a minimum of three and a maximum of four papers for a symposium. The symposium must have a clear focus and each presentation must be related to the theme of the symposium or the issues being discussed. The abstract must include the title and a short summary of each presentation. When planning a symposium, convenors must allow enough time for delegates to engage with each of the presenters. Symposium convenors are responsible for submitting the proposal together with the names and details of fellow presenters. Abstracts will be published in the conference programme and available on the conference website.

Panel discussions – 90 minutes

Panel chairs are required to submit an abstract of up to 750 words maximum, including references, for peer review. We suggest a minimum of three and maximum of five panellists plus the chair to ensure that most of the time is spent in discussion after a brief statement from each panellist. The panel discussion should have a clear focus and each of the panellists should offer a distinct perspective or view on the topic or issue. The abstract must set out the focus of the discussion and include a brief paragraph on the focus or contribution that each panellist will make to stimulate discussion. Chairs of panel discussions are responsible for submitting the proposal together with the names and details of fellow panellists. Abstracts will be published in the conference programme and available on the conference website.

Posters

Presenters are required to submit an abstract of up to 500 words maximum, including references, for peer review. Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference. Abstracts will be published in the conference programme and available on the conference website.

Review process

Each abstract will be subject to blind peer review by two reviewers. When reviewing abstracts reviewers will be looking for clarity of focus; suitability of format; rigour of research, if relevant; and the significance for research, policy and practice.