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 Enabling a More Complete Education

Encouraging, Recognising and Valuing Life-Wide Learning in Higher Education


April 13 and 14th  2010, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, England


 Conference background paper

Conference Programme



Conference Leaflet

Booking Form pdf

Booking Form word

SCEPTrE Location Map



invited speaker and panel sessions will be streamed live from this page


Following the untimely death of Professor Michael Pittilo, Vice Chancellor of The Robert Gordon University,

who was to have contributed to the conference, we are dedicating the conference to his memory.




This is the first national conference that has tried to bring together educational practitioners, institutional leaders, students, employer representatives and interested agencies and networks to share their perspectives and practices and consider the opportunities and challenges afforded by co-curricular and extra-curricular Award schemes.



  • To stimulate development and evaluation of the ideas of life-wide learning and life-wide education.
  • To facilitate networking by bring people together who are involved in promoting and facilitating students’ learning and development through co- and extra-curricular experiences and or who organise award schemes that recognise and value such learning
  • To encourage the sharing of experiences and practices so that we all might be better informed develop knowledge about these schemes through their documentation.
  • To promote discussion about the value, opportunities and challenges afforded by the concepts of life-wide learning and life-wide education and the recognition and award schemes that have been developed to draw benefit from these forms of learning.


Recent surveys have shown that at least fifty universities in the UK are now offering award schemes that promote and value learning gained beyond the academic curriculum.


Invited speakers

Professor Ron Barnett, Institute of Education, University of London 

Professor John Cowan, Edinburgh Napier University

Professor Michael Eraut, University of Sussex

Tom Norton, 1994 Group of Universities

Dr Richard Hall, De Montfort University and National Teaching Fellow

Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge


Panel discussions

Institutional Leaders – Opportunities and challenges of valuing and recognizing informal learning.


Students’ Voices – Valuing and recognising our life-wide learning.


Award Leaders – What have we learnt about assuring the quality and standards of our extra- and co-curricular awards?


Employer Perspectives - Are these forms of learning valuable to employers?


PDP-e-portfolio practitioners - Making informal learning explicit: the challenge of integrating PDP, technology and HEAR


Practice-sharing presentations and workshops focused on institutional schemes including:

·        University of Birmingham Personal Skills Award

·        University of Central Lancashire – Futures Award

·        University of Derby Award Programme

·        University of Leeds - Leeds for Life

·        Loughborough University Employability Award

·        University of Plymouth Graduate Award         

·        University of Salford Student Life Award

·        University of Warwick Advantage Award


Reception Poster Gallery. We will build a poster gallery in which posters are animated by a 2 minute pitch

If you would like to share what your institution is doing please contact Charlie Rickett c.rickett@surrey.ac.uk

Pledged so far: 

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Central Lancashire

University of Derby

University of Exeter

University of Lancaster

University of Leicester

Liverpool John Moores University

University of London, Goldsmiths

University of Loughborough

University of Newcastle

University of Nottingham

University of Plymouth

University of Queensland

University of Salford

University of Sheffield

University of Surrey

University of Sussex

University of Warwick

University of the West of England

University of Worcester

University of York

York St Johns University


Artist in Residence Patrick Saunders 






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