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Supplemental Material:

2012 ECA Annual Conference & AGM Flyer
2012 Conference Programme

Join the ECA at their 2012 annual conference 'Changing States - Lifelong Learning in Transition'.


Hear about UK involvement in the development and delivery of adult learning activities within the EU Lifelong Learning framework.  Meet representatives of the collective voice of adult educators across Europe and those who have carried out past and current projects under the programme.  Find out about opportunities for adult learning within 'Erasmus for All' the new funding programme for 2014 - 2020. 


Guest speakers include both Sue Waddington, President and Gina Ebner, Secretary General of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), Mark Ravenhall, UK Coordinator for the Lifelong Learning Programme at NIACE and Jim Bradley from the University of Stirling who will talk about current Grundtvig funded 'The REAL Project' with which the ECA is also involved.  There will also be the opportunitiy to hear from ECA representatives about the Associations work within the Lifelong Learning Programme.  Find out more about the speakers below.


The 2012 ECA AGM will take place at 12:30 - 1.00pm during the conference.  The AGM will include officer elections for the positions of President, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer.  Please find consent to candidature and nomination forms in the supplemental material section below.  Non members are welcome to attend the AGM if they wish but will not have the right to vote during the meeting.

Contributors included:

Sue Waddington

Ms Sue Waddington was elected president of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) in 2008. 

She has 30+ years experience of adult education, as a practitioner, manager and policy maker. Prior to her appointment in 2000 as NIACE's European Development Officer, she was an MEP and the Parliament's rapporteur for lifelong learning. Her responsibilities at NIACE included the promotion of Grundtvig; leading a large national EQUAL ESF project to develop the skills of refugees and migrants; and evaluating and monitoring European policies on lifelong learning.

She is a Leicester City Councillor and Chair of the Scrutiny Commission for Economic Development, Culture and Tourism where she has recently lead reviews into the role of the Local Authority in Employment issues and Adult Education.

Mark Ravenhall

Mark Ravenhall, MA (Education Management), BA (Hons), Cert Ed (Adults) is Director for Policy & Impact at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE). He oversees the Institute’s work in terms of Further and Higher Education policy, Careers Guidance, Campaigns, Conferences, Publications, Membership, Sponsorship and Fundraising.  Mark currently leads NIACE’s programme of work as UK National Coordinator for Adult Learning.

Mark has over 25 years' experience in lifelong learning, working in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He trained as a college lecturer before going into adult education as an area manager, Head of Residential Adult Education for Buckinghamshire, before leading the adult learning service in East Sussex. He has worked at NIACE since 2001.

Mark's presentation is entitled 'The EU Agenda for Adult Learning.  The Role of National Coordinators'.

Gina EbnerGina Ebner is the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) Secretary General and president of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS LLL). Before that, she worked as a language assistant in England, a trainer for German and English at different adult education institutes and as a pedagogical manager for a vocational training institute in Austria.  After moving to Brussels, she was a project manager at the Council for European professional and managerial staff (EUROCADRES) until changing to EAEA.
Jim Bradley

Jim Bradley is a Teaching Fellow within the School of Education and currently the Programme Director for the Teaching Qualification in Adult Education (TQAE) at the University of Stirling.

Previously with the university Jim developed articulation pathways into degree level studies for students from FE colleges and community programmes and was also the Programme Director for the Access to Degree Studies programme.  Jim was a Senior Lecturer in Adult Education in at Falkirk (now Forth Valley) College and before that was an adult learning worker with a community education service where he developed the ALFAbus project. His expertise is in widening access and in the provision of teacher training in the post compulsory education sector and he has a particular interest in enabling student progression and students transition. 

Jim's presentation is entitled 'The REAL Project - making real use of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)' and will look at the EU funded REAL Project which has links to the ECA's European Flexi-Path project.