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.
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.
Abstract Guidelines and Submission Instructions
Please read the guidelines on the abstract requirements for your presentation format and instructions on how to submit your abstract.
In this section we provide guidelines on how to write a convincing and compelling conference abstract; provide details on the specific requirements for each of the four presentation formats; and finally, outline the review process and the criteria used to review and determine the outcome of submissions.
Conference abstracts not only have to be clear and concise but also convincing and compelling. Unlike journal referees who have the opportunity to review both the paper or article and abstract; conference referees and programme committee members only have the opportunity to review the conference abstract. This means that the abstract must be strong enough to stand alone.
The abstract needs to be written with two audiences in mind: firstly, reviewers and secondly, conference delegates. It should be convincing enough to be accepted by reviewers and the programme committee; and sufficiently compelling to ensure that delegates attend the presentation or session. Write your abstract in plain and accessible langauge avoiding the use of jargon and acronyms. Be mindful that this is an international conference so you may need to contextualise your work. Avoid long and complex sentences with lots of long words, definitions of terms and multiple references. A few judicious references will be sufficient to provide context. Your task is to provide evidence that you can deliver an engaging presentation. Whilst the reviewers and delegates want to know about your work it would also help to include a couple of sentences outlining what you will include in the presentation.
When submitting your abstract you will also be asked to provide up to six keywords. Please select keywords carefully as they may be used to allocate papers into sessions. Keywords will also help other researchers find your work if it is published.
Before you can submit an abstract you will need to create an account on WP Abstracts, our abstract submission system. In this section we provide instructions on how to login and create an account; and how to submit your abstract.