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Supplemental Material:

There is evidence that an engaged lifestyle can contribute to subjective feelings of well-being in later life; equally practical learning can help maintain physical well-being.  However we need a much better understanding of what such experiences mean to different older people.  This conference aims to open up debate, in particular to clarify the interaction between informal learning and well-being, to explore how it might be evaluated and to consider the implications for educational and social policy and practice in times of economic stringency.


The keynote speech will be given by Dr Marvin Formosa, European Centre of Gerontology, University of Malta.  The conference will also incorporate the Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture which will be given by Professor Judith Phillips, Professor of Gerontology at Swansea University and Director of the Older People and Ageing Research Network in Wales.  This years lecture is entitled 'Gerontology: a multi disciplinary learning environment'.


For the conference programme please see the supplemental material section below.


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Delegate Fees

The cost of attending the event is £60.

A discounted rate of £40 is available to AEA members


Contributors included:

Dr Marvin Formosa B.Psy.,P.G.C.E.,M.A.,Ph.D

Dr Marvin Formosa is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta's European Centre of Gerontology.


Prior to this position he was a Senior Technical Officer at the International Institute on Ageing (United Nations - Malta) as well as a sociology lecturer at various colleges.

Dr. Formosa read for his undergraduate degree at the University of Malta which he followed with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (social studies) and a Masters’ degree (Sociology) from the same university. His Masters’ thesis focused on older adult education. Various chapters of his MA thesis were published in a number of internationally peer-reviewed journals. He then joined the International Institute of Health and Ageing, University of Bristol, where he read for a Ph.D in social gerontology. Dr. Formosa’s thesis focused on social class dynamics in later life, a piece of work which was eventually published as a book.


Dr. Formosa’s primary interests are older adult learning, social class dynamics, and social exclusion - subjects on which he has contributed to many edited books and journals including International Review of Education, Educational Gerontology, Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, Lifelong Learning Institute Review, Recerca, International Journal of Education and Ageing, Journal of Transformative Education, Journal of Maltese Educational Research, Ageing International, and BOLD. Recent published and forthcoming books include Social class in Later Life: Power, Identity and Lifestyle (The Policy Press, 2013 - with Paul Higgs), Lifelong Learning in Later Life: A Handbook on Older Adult Learning (Sense, 2011 - with Brian Findsen), and Class Dynamics in Later Life (Lit Verlag, 2009).


Professor Judith Phillips

Judith Phillips is Professor of Gerontology at Swansea University and director of the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network in Wales (OPAN Cymru).


She is a qualified social worker and has worked in statutory residential and field settings, specialising in work with older adults. Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Judith went on to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. She returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ageing (now the Centre for Innovative Ageing) at Swansea University. She is also currently the Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University.

Judith’s other roles include Guest Professor, Department of Social Work, Umeå University, Sweden (September 2011-13) and Visiting Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics (NIHR School for Social Care Research) (Dec 2011-Dec 2013). 


Stephen McNair

Stephen McNair is Director of the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce (CROW),part of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).

He has spent most of his career in adult, further and higher education. In the 1980s he created and ran a Government funded national research agency (UDACE), in the 1990s he was Director of Research at NIACE and a Higher Education Adviser to the Department for Education and Skills. For five years he was Head of the School of Educational Studies at the University of Surrey, and during 2004-5 he was a Head of School at the NHS University.

He is currently a member of the Surrey Local Learning and Skills Council. In the past he has chaired the Strategic Policy Committee of the Universities Association for Adult Continuing Education, and been a member of the Workforce Skills Committee of the South East England Development Agency, the Cabinet Office's Academic Advisory Committee on the National Skills Strategy, the Widening Participation Committee of the Higher Education Funding Council, the National Advisory Group on Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, and the National Guidance Council. He has worked as a consultant for OECD, University for Industry and the BBC.

His research interests focus on the older workforce, and the relationship between learning and work.


Lynne Wealleans

Lynne Wealleans is the Positive Ageing Manager at Beth Johnson Foundation
She has a 17 year background in project development, community engagement and of management within the voluntary sector.


Since joining BJF in 2002 she has been involved in project and programme development especially the mid-life programme which has included projects around access to employment, volunteering, training/learning opportunities, health & well-being.  In January 2010 the mid-life and later life work were bought together to form the Positive Ageing Programme which she currently manages


Lynne is interested in all aspects of positive ageing particularly the psychology of ageing and how people can prepare and plan for later life and has recently been working on the design and development of a life course model to promoting positive ageing.


Dr Josie Tetley

Dr Josie Tetley is a Senior Lecturer at The Open University.   She is also the Qualification lead responsible for the delivery and development of post-qualification modules that comprise the BSc (hons) in Nursing Practice with specific responsibility for modules related to adulthood and ageing. Alongside colleagues she has recently completed production of a new interdisciplinary Level 3 module on adulthood, ageing and the life course.

Over the past 17 years, she has undertaken a wide range of research work with older people and family carers. During her recent PhD study, she worked to involve older people and family carers at all stages of the research by establishing an older people’s research advisory committee, actively working in a participatory capacity in research sites and using individual narrative stories to engage participants as fully as possible throughout the project.

Since joining The Open University in 2008, she has worked locally, nationally and internationally with colleagues in nursing, health and social care, widening participation and maths and computer sciences to develop work focused on enhancing older people’s use of new and emerging technologies.