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

Special Call for applications from Early Career Researchers & New Practitioners

FACE is pleased to invite applications for a free place at the FACE Conference 2020. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have submitted an abstract for a paper or poster presentation, please check the abstracts page for more details.
  2. Must be either:
    • new practitioner (within two years of taking up post)
    • early stage researcher (within five years of starting PhD) or
    • full-time postgraduate student
  3. Employed by or registered as a student at an institution with current FACE membership
  4. Submit the application form below by 5 April 2020.

The sponsored place is a full three-day registration fee waiver, including the annual dinner but excludes accommodation and travel.

All applications will be considered by a selection panel after the closing date on 5 April. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 10 April which will enable unsuccessful applicants to register at the preferential early bird rate.

The successful applicant will be expected to write a short blog on their experience of participating in the FACE conference for the FACE bulletin after the event. 

If you require more information please contact FACE2020 Conference team via: