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

Outline Programme

The conference programme offers a blend of proffered papers, symposia, panel discussions and key note speakers. In between sessions delegates will have the opportunity to network and engage with poster presenters over refreshments. The social programme provides further opportunities to network with colleagues old and new and discuss the day’s events.

Please note timings, sessions and events are subject to change.


1 July 2020



09:30 – 12:00

Conference Walk Whitechapel

11:30 – 12:00

Newcomers Welcome

12:00 – 12:45

Lunch & Posters

12:45 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

Keynote: Chris Millward, OfS

14:05 – 15:35

Session 1

15:40 – 16:10

Tea & Posters

16:15 – 17:15

Session 2




2 July 2020

09:00 – 09:15


09:15 – 10:15


10:20 – 11:50

Session 3

11:55 – 12:15

Book launch

12:15 – 13:10


13:15 – 14:15


14:20 – 15:20

Session 4

15:20 – 15:50

Tea & Posters

15:55 – 17:20

Session 5

17:25 – 18:25


19:30 – 00:00

Annual Dinner


3 July 2020

09:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:00

Session 6

11:05 – 12:05

Session 7

12:10 – 13:10


13:15 – 14:15

Lunch & Posters

14:20 – 15:50

Session 8: CPD – New practitioners / ECRs


Closing remarks