This introduction to Project Management module is designed to provide you with the information and tools to develop an awareness and understanding of project management in your workplace. Through this module, you will be able to recognise and describe the benefits of project management, explain the principles and identify appropriate tools and techniques to effectively manage projects. This module is relevant to any one that is managing or working on a project within their workplace.
This module is available at levels 4 and 5 and will include an assignment to illustrate the way in which project management could benefit your place of work.
The module consists of 5 sessions delivered over 2 days with each session focusing on a specific area of Project Management theory and practice. It is important to note that during your period of study you will be supported by a designated tutor and you will receive an Induction to the impressive resources of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which will provide you with a secure foundation to begin your study.
There are a number of modules that you could access at level 4 following your completion on the Project Management module. The Elevate Cymru project is part of the Work Based Learning programme made possible by the European Social Fund (ESF), through the Welsh Government. My research focuses on four main areas which are tied by the thread of space meant as spatial distribution of computation, spatial representation, and spatial reasoning.
Since 2015 Member of the scientific steering committee (Comitato d’indirizzo) of the Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Informatiche e Matematiche. Since 2014 I sit on the board of the startup Nerdalize BV as representative of the crowd-funders coop. Since February 2012, I am a Full Professor (Hoogleraar) in Distributed Systems and member of the board of the Johan Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Sicence.
2012-2014 Honorary professor in Bournemouth University, UK supported by the Fusion Investment Fund and hosted by the School of Design, Engineering and Computing. In 2002, I received my PhD from the University of Amsterdam defending a thesis titled Spatial Reasoning: Theory and Practice under the supervision of Prof.
In 1995 I was an intern at the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer in Cupertino working with Martin Haeberli on Internet Server Technologies under the guidance of Jim Spohrer and Don Normann.
BIGS - BeijIng Groningen Smart energy cities - in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Science and Prof. Redesigning the electricity market in order to facilitate the transition towards a sustainable energy system.
EnSO - Energy Smart Offices - The EnSO project will develop a scalable energy-aware framework for offices that incorporates awareness of the occupant’s and building context with the goal of overall energy saving. GreenerBuildings - GreenerBuildings develops an integrated solution for energy-aware adaptation of public buildings. MyCare - an open, dynamic information system for personal risk assessment, recovery targets, and self-management in schizophrenia funded by the Dutch Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMW).
Reviewing Board of Frontiers in Energy Systems and Policy, section of section of Frontiers in Energy and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Editorial Board of Reviewers of International Journal of Web Services Research (IJWSR), IGI-Global. Information Director of the Transactions on Computational Logic of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). 2003 ?Society for design and process science Service award for outstanding service in organizing the 7th IDPT conference. 2000 ?JELIA 2000 Organizing Committee Student grant to participate to the Jelia 2000 conference. 1999 ?NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek): Stimuleringsfonds voor internationalisering, to participate to WebNet99 Conference. Team Coordinator for the RuG participation at the Automated Web Service Composition competition, co-located with IEEE Conference on Service Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA-10), 2010. Team Coordinator of the RuG participation at the IEEE 2009 Web Service Challenge, Vienna, July 2009. Team Coordinator of the RuG participation at the IEEE 2008 Web Service Challenge, Washington DC, July 2008. Team Coordinator of the TU Wien participation at the IEEE 2006 Web Service Challenge, San Francisco, June 2006.
September 2008?Keynote at the Parasoft Userday workshop (Industrial event organized by Parasoft for the Dutch testing community.
December 2006?Encoding Web Service Choreographies as Constraints,Tilburg University, Tilburg (invited by Prof. June 2006?Encoding Web Service Choreographies as Constraints, SRI, Menlo Park (invited by Dr.
July 2005?Planning and Monitoring Web Service Interactions, Technical University of Vienna (invited by Prof. December 2003?A proposal for a book on logics of space, Reasoning about space workshop, December 22 nd, Univ.
December 2003?Planning and monitoring the execution of web services, Telcordia Labs, December 5 th, Austin, Texas (invited by Dr.
December 2001?Spatial Reasoning: Theory and Practice, Signal and Images Division, CWI, December 12th, Amsterdam (invited by Dr. May 2001?Spatial Reasoning: Theory and Practice, Infolab, KUB, May 31st, Tilburg (invited by Prof. March 2000?Logical Patterns in Space - An Investigation towards Image Retrieval, Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica (IRST) ITC, March 15st, Povo (Trento) (invited by Prof. Tutorial Chair: 5th International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2007), Vienna, Austria, 18-21 September 2007.
Chair Distributed and Mobile Collaboration Workshop 2007 (DMC'07) held in conjunction with the 16th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructures for Collaborative Enterprises, Paris, France. PC-member: ICSE 2016 Software Engineering in Society (SEIS) Track, Austin, TX, from May 14 - 22, 2016. PC-member: IC2IT 2015 The 11th International Conference on Computing and Information Technology held at Arnoma Hotel Bangkok, July 2nd-3rd, 2015. PC-member: 7th IEEE Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA 2014) Matsue, Japan, November 17-19, 2014.
PC-member: IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2014) San Diego, October 5-8, 2014. PC-member: Conference on Future Energy Business and Energy Informatics will be held as part of the two-day Future Energy Business Forum 2014, hosted by the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB) on 19 and 20 June 2014. PC-member: Second Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software (GREENS) held on 1st June 2014 in conjunction with the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering. PC-member: 7th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2014) Hilton Anchorage, Alaska, USA, June 27-July 2, 2014.
PC-member: 3rd International Workshop on Adaptive Services for the Future Internet (WAS4FI 2013) held in conjunction with the European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing (ESOCC 2013), Malaga, Spain, 11-13 September, 2013. PC-member: 6th IEEE International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA 2013), December 16 - 18, 2013, in Kauai, Hawaii.
PC-member: 2nd International Workshop on Adaptive Services for the Future Internet?(WAS4FI 2012) held in conjunction with the European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing (ESOCC 2012), that will be held in Bertinoro, Italy, from 19th to 21st of September, 2012. PC-member: 6th REFS International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Services will be held in Izmir, Turkey, July 16-20, 2012, in associated association with COMPSAC'12. PC-member: 1st International Workshop on Adaptive Services for the Future Internet (WAS4FI 2011) held in conjunction with ServiceWave 2011. PC-member: 7th International Workshop on Engineering Service-Oriented Applications (WESOA'11) held in conjunction with the 2011 ICSOC conference.
PC-member: 12th Web Information System Engineering Conference (WISE 2011) will be held in Sydney, Australia, 13-15 October 2011. PC-member: 5th International Workshop on Architecture, Concepts and Technologies for Service Oriented Computing (ACT4SOC 2011), Seville, Spain, on 18-21 July 2011. PC-member: IJCAI'2011 workshop on Benchmarks and Applications of Spatial Reasoning, July 17 in Barcelona.
PC-member: Techniques and Applications for Mobile Commerce (TAMoCo) 19-21 of September 2011 in Szczecin, Poland. PC-member: Eigth European Conference on Web Services (ECOWS 2010) Ayia Napa, Cyprus, on December 1-3, 2010. PC-member: 6th International Symposium on Wireless sensor network Technologies and Applications for Smart Space (WTA 2010) 9-11 december 2010, Korea. PC-member: The 18th 18th International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS 2010) Crete, October 2010. PC-member: The 9th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2010) San Francisco, Dec 7 - 10, 2010. PC-member: 16th IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems (ICPDS 2010), Shangai, December 7-11, 2010. PC-member: 1st Workshop on Engineering SOA and the Web (ESW'10) Vienna, Austria, from July 5 - 9, 2010. PC-member: 4th International Workshop on Architecture, Concepts and Technologies for Service Oriented Computing (ACT4SOC 2010), Athens, Greece, on 23 July 2010. PC-member: The Second International Conference on Advances in P2P Systems (AP2PS 2010) October 25 - 30, 2010 - Florence, Italy. PC-member: 5th SIKS Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (EIS 2010), Eindhoven University of Technology on November 16, 2010. PC-member: IEEE International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Services (REFS 2009), Seattle, July 20, 2009 as part of the COMPSAC. PC-member: ACM SAC 2009 workshop on Service Oriented Architecture and Programming, Hawaii, USA, March 8 - 12, 2009.
PC-member: Symposium on Web Services for Mobile Devices in conjunction with the International Conference on Techniques and Applications for Mobile Commerce (TAMOCO), 2009. PC-member: IEEE 23rd International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA 2009) Bradford, UK, May 2009. PC-member: Fourth International Workshop on Engineering Service-Oriented Applications (WESOA'08) held in conjunction with ICSOC 2008, Sydney, Australia, December 1, 2008.
PC-member: First International Symposium on Trusted Computing (Trust-Com’08) Zhang Jia Jie, China, November 18-20, 2008.
PC-member: International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services (CENTRIC 2008) Malta, October 26-31, 2008.
PC-member: International Workshop on Governance of Service-oriented Systems (GovSOS 08) in conjunction with the EEE Joint Conference on E-Commerce Technology (CEC'08) and Enterprise Computing, E-Commerce and E-Services (EEE'08), Washington,USA, July 21-24, 2008.
PC-member: 6th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods (SEFM 2008) Cape Town, South Africa, November 10-14, 2008. PC-member: IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS) Beijing, China, September 23-26, 2008.
PC-member: The 16th International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS 2008) Monterrey, Mexico, Nov 12 - 14, 2008. PC-member: 3nd International Symposium on Smart Home (SH’08), Hainan Island, China, December 13-15, 2008. PC-member: Wireless Applications and Computing 2008 (WAC 2008), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 22-24, 2008. PC-member: IEEE International Workshop on Distributed and Mobile Collaboration (DMC 2008), Rome, Italy, June 23-25, 2008.
PC-member: 3rd  International Symposium on Trustworthiness, Reliability and services in Ubiquitous and Sensor neTworks (Trust 2008) Shangai, China, December 17-20, 2008. PC-member: IEEE International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Services (REFS’08 at COMPSAC), Turku, Finland, July 24, 2008.
PC-member: Young-Researcher Workshop on Service-Oriented Computing (YRSOC’08) Imperial College, London, UK, June 12-13, 2008. PC-member: International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies (EC-Web’08) held in conjunction with DEXA-2008 Turin, Italy, September 1-5, 2008.
PC-member: The Second International Workshop on Architectures, Concepts and Technologies for Service Oriented Computing (ACT4SOC) Porto, Portugal July 5th, 2008. PC-member: Third International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services (ICIW 2008) Athens, Greece, June 8-13, 2008.
PC-member: First International Workshop on Telecom Service Oriented Architectures (TSOA-07) at ICSOC Vienna, Austria, 18 September 2007.
PC-member: The 2nd International Symposium on Smart Home (SH'07) Jeju Island, Korea, December 8-7, 2007. PC-member: The 1st Workshop on Engineering the Semantic Desktop (SemDeskEng2007), Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 3, 2007. PC-member: 5th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and Formal Methods(SEFM 2007), London, England, 10-14 September 2007.
PC-member: 15th International Conference on Cooperative Information System(CoopIS 2007), Iberian peninsula and islands, October 28th to November 2nd, 2007. PC-member: 8th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering(WISE'07), Nancy, France, 3-7 December 2007.
PC-member: IEEE conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications(SOCA'07), Newport Beach, California, June 19-20, 2007.
PC-member: The 2007 International Conference on Intelligent Pervasive Computings(IPC-07), Jeju Island, Korea, October 12-13, 2007. PC-member: Joint 9th IEEE Conference on E-Commerce Technology and the 4th IEEE Conference on Enterprise Computing, E-Commerce and E-Services (CEC' 07) (EEE' 07), Tokyo, Japan, July 23-26, 2007. PC-member: International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies, in conjunction with DEXA-2007, Regensburg, Germany, September 3-7, 2007. PC-member: First IEEE International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Services (REFS’07 at COMPSAC), July 24, in Beijing, China, 24 July, 2007. PC-member: International Workshop on Service, Security and its Data management for Ubiquitous Computing (SSDU-07), Nanjing, China, May 22-25, 2007 . PC-member: The 2nd International Workshop on Trustworthiness, Reliability and services in Ubiquitous and Sensor neTworks (TRUST 2007) Taipei, Taiwan, 10-13 December, 2007.
PC-member: The 2007 International Workshop on Application and Security service in Web and pervAsive eNvironments(ASWAN 07), Huang Shan, China, June 16-18, 2007. PC-member: 14th International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS 06) Montpellier, France, Nov 1 - Nov 3, 2006.
PC-member: Web-Services and Formal Methods, workshop (WS-FM 2006), Vienna, September, 2006. PC-member: 7th DEXA International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies (EC-WEB 2006), Krakow, Poland, September, 2006.


PC-member: 2nd International Workshop on Data Engineering in E-Commerce and Services(DEECS 2006), San Francisco, California, in June 2006 in conjunction with IEEE Joint Conference on E-Commerce Technology (CEC'06) and Enterprise Computing, E-Commerce and E-Services (EEE'06).
PC-member: Web Services, e-Business, and the Semantic Web Workshop - WES03 at CAiSE 03, Vienna, Austria, June 17-18, 2003. New Delhi, bulk sms company in bikaner, bulk sms company in warangal, bulk sms company in mire, bulk sms company in guntur, bulk sms company in bhavnagar, bulk sms company in durgapur, bulk sms company in asansol, bulk sms company in ajmer, bulk sms company kolhapur, bulk sms company i ulhasnagar, bulk sms company in siliguri, bulk sms company in saharanpur, bulk sms company in dehradun, bulk sms company in jamnagar, bulk sms company in bhatpara, bulk sms company in dewas, bulk sms company in indore, bulk sms company in sangli miraj & kupwad, bulk sms company in kozhikode, bulk sms company in nanded waghala, bulk sms company in ujjain, bulk sms company in gulbarga, bulk sms company in tiruneveli, toll free no. The hosting of an event in Oxford each year was one of the conditions of the incredibly generous legacy gift of around £300,000 left to the WEA by Catherine and Fred Adler. A highly enjoyable part of this year’s event came when creative writing tutor Kate Joyce and two of her students Rita and Owen delivered their original, intertwining story of three individuals on the same day in Oxford City Centre each affected by issues of democracy.
Emma Carney briefly touched on last year’s Save Adult Education campaign where 11,000 signatures and 500 letters to MPs resulted in a visit to 10 Downing Street and a positive outcome in the face of government cuts. With this year’s event providing further testimony to lives changed and opportunities provided, Fred and Catherine would be proud to know that the WEA are working hard to do justice to their wonderful gift. A local community arts group for adults with learning difficulties has been given the seal of approval from an esteemed panel at the Victoria & Albert Museum. As part of the celebrations, there will be awards ceremonies taking place later in the year, showcasing achievements of outstanding individuals, tutors, employers and projects in England.
The materials consist of Power Point slides with activities, information, handouts and links to resources online. For the first time in more than 50 years, the government has published a white paper on culture. According to the charity’s 2015 impact research, 81 per cent of all students at the WEA are involved in more cultural activities, which include reading, following their participation in a WEA class - regardless of the subject. British politician and academic Lord David Blunkett delivered the keynote speech at the evening reception.
Events such as these serve to reiterate the value of adult education – it is something which we must strive to protect given its life-enhancing and life-changing effect. Gender parity is the theme for this year and individuals and groups are being urged to take action in order to accelerate equality for all. As Christine Lagarde, chief executive of the IMF, said in the 2014 Dimbleby Lecture, women “face discrimination at birth, on the school bench, in the boardroom. Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, reminds us that far too few women run FTSE 100 companies and the pipeline of talent gets blocked by men who, more obviously, fit in. A survey carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2013 ranked England and Northern Ireland 14th for adult literacy and 16th for adult numeracy. According to the charity Go ON UK, nearly a quarter of the adult population lack basic digital skills, a phenomenon that affects women more than men, given time taken out because of childbirth. Which is why the WEA helps thousands of working people and those in the poorest communities to return to education, whatever their age or income. Leading an organisation was something that I thought was beyond my grasp when growing up in a small Welsh mining town in the 1960s.
My accent wasn’t right and the first time I was invited out for dinner I turned up at midday. Working in such a male dominated industry in the 1970s was no picnic and, despite coal being in my blood, career opportunities were non-existent for women. The majority of our students are women and many of them use courses as a means to reskill or retrain. The importance of this was recently confirmed by the Centre for the Modern Family, a think-tank established by Scottish Widows. Globalisation has the potential to open up opportunities and to encourage wider participation – and global organisations need seriously to address widening and deepening the talent pool if they want to continue to be successful. Governments need to take tough action where human values of respect and dignity are compromised and we need to tackle head-on the biggest temptation of them all: to set our sights too low and quit the field when the battle is not yet won.
Almost one in four UK workers are willing to take a pay cut in exchange for more flexible working hours as pressure builds on employers struggling to live up to employees’ expectations.
Whilst the study of 2,000 adults and 500 businesses found that almost a third (32%) of employees with children felt their employer provided equal support for all, only 20% without children agreed, and a similar proportion (21%) of those without children claimed that parents received better support. The findings showed employers’ responses reflected this perception, with more than half (51%) offering flexibility for mothers with young children. Whilst businesses appear to be taking steps towards meeting the needs of parents in the workplace, varying barriers still exist when it comes to extending those policies to support employees more widely. The study found that medium-sized businesses struggle the most – with almost a quarter (23%) saying they do what is legally required of them in terms of flexibility for families, but not any more than this for other employees. Almost three quarters of medium-sized businesses (72%) would never consider offering full-time working from home, compared to half (51%) of micro and two-fifths (40%) of enterprise businesses.
Half of medium businesses also said they would not consider offering part-time working from home, compared with 16% of enterprise and 22% of large businesses for the same reasons. Almost a fifth of businesses (17%) have called for clearer information around the business benefits of flexible working – rising to a quarter (24%) in large businesses. However, employees feel it is the employer’s responsibility to offer solutions, and many are keen to see changes in the workplace. Join us for the WEA biennial conference, which will be held on 11th and 12th March 2016 in Sheffield. If your costs are being met by a WEA Region or Association Services, you can register online here.
Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the national business association for co-operative and mutual enterprises.
Debate the future of Conference and the sutainability of the WEA - the latest agenda is available here. Current WEA Deputy President, Lynne Smith, is set to become President of the Association following an all member vote. Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive and General Secretary commented: "I am sure that members, staff, volunteers and supporters of the WEA will join with me in congratulating Lynne Smith on her election as President of the WEA. Wessex Archaeology and the Workers’ Educational Association have forged a new partnership to promote and deliver educational outreach with heritage at its heart. Wessex Archaeology Chief Executive Chris Brayne and Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the WEA, will be signing a memorandum of understanding at the Omega Centre in Portsmouth today. Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas is attending to speak about the Mary Rose and WEA students will be there to help show that heritage themes can support the teaching of Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and literacy.
Yesterday, Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Sharp led a debate in the House of Lords on the role of adult education and lifelong learning in strengthening the UK economy. Speaking at the debate, Lord Watson of Invergowrie, noted the results of the WEA’s latest impact report which assessed the effect of our provision against our four curriculum themes. Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, Lord Hunt of Chesterton, Lord Shipley and Baroness Garden of Frognal all referenced the charity and its role in ensuring that everyone has a chance to return to education. The WEA is pleased to see this issue raised in parliament, and through the work of the APPG, will continue to champion the importance of lifelong learning to individuals, communities and wider society.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has published its 2015 Employer Skills Survey which reports that, despite a surge in job openings, the number of positions left vacant because employers cannot find people with the skills or knowledge to fill them has risen by 130% since 2011.
In our experience, ESOL students are hardworking and diligent, committed to contributing to their communities and wider society.
Election for the post of PresidentSince two nominations have been received for the post of President, a ballot among WEA members will now decide which candidate will be elected to the post. If you were a registered member by 12 September 2015, you will be able to vote in the election.
Elections of WEA Association Officers are supervised by the Standing Orders Committee appointed at the previous Association Conference. In order to be able to vote, members are required to have joined the WEA in England and Scotland on or before 12 September 2015. WEA London Region is looking for experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and creative adult educators for inclusion on our Tutor Panel.
You should ideally have experience of working with educationally or socio-economically disadvantaged adults across a range of community settings. The report demonstrates that adult learning has an enormous impact on individuals and communities. The Autumn edition of WEA News is now available, including stories on our Save Adult Education campaign, Conference 16, the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education and much more. Molly Morgan was a WEA volunteer who was tragically murdered on her way to a WEA course in 2009. As the WEA leads the campaign to save adult education across England, colleagues in WEA Scotland give their support and solidarity, whilst reflecting on some key differences in Scotland.
An award winning adult education student and a fashion tutor from Tower Hamlets joined shadow minister and Newcastle MP, Chi Onwurah, to deliver a petition of over 10,000 names to 10 Downing Street as part of a campaign to save adult education.
Adult education, which is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, represents only six per cent of the department’s spending devoted to education and training. With the government expecting that 13.5 million jobs will be created over the next 10 years but only 7 million young people coming into the workforce, there is a concern the loss of adult education services will mean that older workers will not be able to update their skills while employers will face a shortage of workers. On Thursday, 29 October 2015, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) published It’s the finance, stupid! This collection of essays explains the catastrophic fall in part-time student numbers, which is harming the economy and limiting people’s ability to transform their lives, and proposes a range of options for tackling the problem. A study, published in the Royal Society’s Open Science journal, looked at how a series of adult education classes grew closer over seven months. Dr Eiluned Pearce, from Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology led the research. To test the theory, the researchers worked with charity the Workers' Educational Association (WEA), the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. Those attending the classes were given surveys before and after individual sessions in the first month, just before the break and at the end of the seven month course. We are sad to announce the recent death of Peter Quigley, who played an active role in the WEA for many years. I learned Peter Quigley had passed away on the evening of Tuesday 13th October in hospital following an operation, whilst I was attending a WEA Regional Heads Meeting in London.
Peter had also represented WEA Scotland nationally on the WEA Council and more recently on the Standing Orders Committee. On the wider stage of life, Peter was a former English teacher, and Union Representative and this often meant that he was called on to represent members in disciplinary procedures.
Knowing of my literary aspirations, Peter had chatted to me a couple of times about writing a book himself, though, ever cautious, he never revealed the plot.
A forthright individual, Peter always challenged what he did not agree, but with a good heart and there are few who would not say that he sought to improve the WEA and its place in the world.
WEA Scotland would wish to extend to Peter’s family and friends our sincere condolences. Please consider for a few moments Peter Quigley’s contribution to our lives and the life and success of the WEA.
Labour MP Holly Lynch has voiced support for the WEA's Save Adult Education campaign after meeting with our students and tutors last week. The Halifax MP, part of the 2015 intake, was invited to a screening of a campaign video produced by learners which captures the many reasons why adult education should be protected and supported. Commenting on the campaign, Holly said: "Adult education is essential in ensuring that people have the skills and the confidence to make the most of the opportunities available to them, either in employment or in life. New WEA tutor Tracey Kettridge is interviewed in this month’s Prima magazine in a feature on inspirational women.
In September, Tracey fulfilled another of her ambitions – to become a tutor with the WEA. Organisations from the education, business and employment sectors have joined forces to shine a spotlight on the hundreds of thousands of students studying part-time around the UK.
The two largest providers of part-time higher education: The Open University and Birkbeck, University of London. Unionlearn – the learning and skills organisation of the TUC who last year who have helped over 220,000 people access training and development. Workers' Educational Association (WEA) – the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of adult education.
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) – the national voice for lifelong learning.
National Union of Students (NUS), which represents the voices on 7 million students including part-time and mature students.
CBI, whose 190,000 members employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of the private sector-employed workforce. With more than two million students currently settling into new university courses, a fifth of these will be studying part-time whilst juggling work and family responsibilities. These part-time students are largely 'invisible' – they may not identify themselves as being a student, and are often overlooked in media and government reports in favour of reporting on the participation of younger, full-time students.
The Government is currently preparing its Spending Review for the next 5 years and will announce its plans on November 25. Less than 6 per cent of Government spending on education and training is devoted to adult further education and skills.
Putting this in context, over the next 10 years there will be 13.5 million more jobs but only 7 million young people coming into the workforce. Over the next few weeks we are hoping to reach thousands of students, members and supporters of the WEA as well as a vast range of partners and friends who share our concerns. I am deeply concerned that the cuts suggested for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will have a serious impact on the sustainability of adult education across England. As a supporter of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), I have experienced the impact adult education can make. Please add in a personal statement of what the WEA means to you whether as a student volunteer or tutor. The group has been formed to raise the profile of adult education, and in particular, the vital role it plays in providing high-quality educational provision to the most disadvantaged members of society. The group will be established as an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) shortly after the launch.
The launch event will be at 11am on Friday 18 September at Westgate Community College in Newcastle. Created as part of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, the SDIs offer a vast range of adult education courses for over 130,000 students across Britain each year, providing educational opportunities for every community in the country. In particular, the fields of my research interests are Service-Oriented Computing, Domotics, Computer Vision, and Spatial Reasoning.


From October 2006 to Janauary 2012 I was tenured professor (Adjunct Hoogleraar in Dutch) in Distributed Systems at the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of the Rijksuniversiteit of Groningen where I have founded the Distributed Systems group. Mike Papazoglou (Infolab, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands and at the time DIT, University of Trento).
Partners of the project of the project are: the University of Groningen, the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology in Hyderabad, Shell India Markets Private Ltd, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. The EnSO approach builds on cooperative, goal-oriented sensing, context information processing, activity and plan recognition, service composition and device actuation in large-scale distributed sensor networks to minimise energy consumption while adhering to occupant comfort requirements. It investigates self-powered sensors and actuators, occupant activity and behaviour inference, and an embedded software for coordinating thousands of smart objects with the goals of energy saving and user support.
NWO-Jacquard program, Software Engineering program of the Dutch National Science Foundation. Ubiquitous Mobile Information and Collaboration Systems.(UMICS 2007), Trondheim, Norway, June 11-12th, 2007. As devoted socialists, trade union activists and supporters of adult education, the Adlers were passionate advocates of the transformative power of education. With focus on Preparing For Work and Helping in School courses, WEA tutors Heather Dommet and Vivian Vermede introduced students Lubna and Shamena who addressed the audience with stories of how the WEA has helped them to integrate, gain confidence and find employment and volunteer opportunities.
He also touched on the Emergency Powers Act prior to World War Two and the more recent terrorism acts which, in attempting to make the population secure, unavoidably restrict civil liberties.
We then heard about the two inspiring mosaic projects with students of diverse age, ability and background working together to produce two pieces currently on display at The Barn in Greater Leys and Littlemore Community Centre. Of the students taking part, 22 per cent were from black or ethnic minority backgrounds and 41 per cent had a disability. In addition, the study found that 36 per cent of all students valued the arts, music or literature more than they had previously whilst 35 per cent had a greater understanding of other cultures.
Tutors, students, members, volunteers and colleagues from across the country were in attendance, with vigorous discussion around sustainability (the theme of the 2016 conference) and the future of the charity. He has been instrumental in developing a wide range of renewable energy systems and is now leading on the ground-breaking Zero Carbon Britain research.
Speaking from personal experience, Lord Blunkett told the audience of the challenges he faced when returning to education and of the ultimate gain.
I was privileged to hear from a variety of wonderful speakers and educational practitioners and felt honoured to share the success stories of the WEA Awards recipients. Women’s lives have been transformed by technology, changes in our economy and in social attitudes so that women expect to compete on equal terms.
The adult education charity has been going for more than a century and it is as badly needed today as it was in 1903.
This low level of adult skills inevitably impacts on the success of the economy as a whole. People like my grandfather, who left school at 11 but who enrolled on a WEA course and eventually won a trade union scholarship to Ruskin College, Oxford, and another to Peterhouse at Cambridge. When I read economics at Cambridge I was intimidated by the cutglass accents and the seemingly easy social confidence of my fellow students. It is a vicious cycle that affects many women, which is why we have to do more to support mothers in the workplace.
Last year, the WEA launched a campaign focusing on the importance of education and lifelong learning, to enable women to overcome the disadvantages they face in society. Its latest report, published last week, revealed that one in four UK workers would sacrifice pay for greater flexibility.
According to the World Economic Forum it is now ranked 18th out of 145 countries in terms of the gender gap, an improvement from the 26th place ranking it achieved last year. According to the report no country in the world has achieved gender equality but I think there are lessons we can learn from those at the top of the league table: Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. According to the World Economic Forum, it will take another 117 years until the pay gap between men and women is closed. We also need to recognise and reward good practice wherever we see it, learn from our own experience and the experience of other countries and cultures. However, far fewer are supportive of fathers with young children (35%), older workers (26%) and other employees (34%) who may have additional responsibilities such as elderly or unwell relatives to care for, charity and volunteering responsibilities, or a desire to attend additional training or classes outside of work. Over half (52%) of medium-sized employers said this would be logistically too difficult to implement, whilst over a third (35%) worry it would impact negatively on the business.
Almost a third of employers (31%) place the onus on employees – saying they would be encouraged to reconsider their decisions if employees would consider taking cuts in return for more flexible working hours. A quarter (24%) of employees think employers should offer flexible shift patterns, and almost a quarter (23%) would be willing to be paid less in return for working fewer hours if this were an option. Our economy depends on a skilled and motivated workforce that functions productively – and our best hope of achieving this is through encouraging employers to adapt to the evolving needs of the workforce. This year the theme of the conference is sustainability, with an event on the Friday of national significance with a great line up of speakers and workshops along with the Association Dinner.
He has a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice.
He chaired the Jubilee 2000 campaign and was part of the team that founded the Fairtrade Mark.
Standing Orders Committee has therefore confirmed that Lindsay Pearson is duly elected to the post of Deputy President. It encourages intellectual curiosity and lifelong opportunities to learn which we are passionate about in the WEA. Since 2010, we have witnessed a drastic reduction in the ESOL budget of almost 50 per cent. By creating a more cohesive ESOL strategy, the Government could help thousands of people across the country unlock their potential and contribute to the economy.
Standing Orders Committee therefore confirms that Lindsay Pearson is duly elected to the post of Deputy President.
Before voting you should read the supporting statements from the cadidates and the role description for the post of President below. You will have either recieved an email from Electoral Reform Services or a ballot paper by post providing security details for the election. Further information about the regulations of governance of the WEA can be found in our Governing Document. Applicants should hold a First Degree or equivalent in their subject(s) or have significant, demonstrable professional knowledge and skills.
Our work transforms outcomes for people in deprived communities; it reduces social exclusion, increases social mobility and enables families to break the cycle of deprivation. Without continuous opportunities to learn throughout our lives, the economic potential of many citizens will be lost and our productivity levels will continue to lag behind other competing countries.
While this is welcome, we believe there needs to be more investment in adult learning alongside a rebalancing of our education and skills policies to reflect the fact that productivity improvements will be driven by those who are already in the labour market. From now on, everyone is going to be thinking about how to continuously increase skills through life.
During her life, she gave so much of her time to the charity and had volunteered with us for over 25 years before her death at the age of 81. The formation of a Scottish Parliament Cross Party Working Group on Adult Learning has backed this up - testament to the shared belief that adult learning benefits people and communities throughout Scotland.
An effective vehicle for economic and social justice, a strong adult learning sector is key to the future of Scotland.
Chief Executive of the WEA, Ruth Spellman and WEA Director of Education Joanna Cain, joined the group to highlight the importance of adult education to communities throughout England.
This year alone, the Adult Skills Budget has already had cuts of 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent, and many students are concerned that further cuts will have a devastating impact on a service which provides skills, confidence and support to disadvantaged communities across the country. Adult education is important because it helps individuals and their families break cycles of deprivation and forge better lives themselves. Thousands of people have joined the WEA in saying this is a vital service for our economy and our society. There are other challenges too, such as the future of the research environment, how to assess the quality of teaching and dealing with the effects of marketisation.
Part-time numbers have fallen more in England than other parts of the UK with lower (or no) fees, but it is not the sole cause. Now, research from the University of Oxford has shown that singing is a great ice-breaker and can get groups of people to bond together faster.
The conclusion – singing groups bonded quicker than those taking part in other classes. At the end of the seven months, all the classes were reporting similar levels of closeness.
Indeed he represented my Cousin, Bill Bald and successfully defended him in a case of wrongful dismissal. It is for this and the many other unrealised potentials that we always regret the passing of a life, the achievements stand as testament, the intentions and possibilities as feasible conjecture.
Tracey is a former beautician who, five years ago, decided to change career and study counselling and hypnotherapy after years of being a shoulder to cry on for family, friends and clients. She will be empowering those with low self-esteem to recognise their worth and talents by teaching a confidence course with us. The sector is calling for greater recognition of the value of part-time education and is asking students, past and present, to share why they love part time study. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, which funds the WEA and other adult learning institutions like ourselves in England, has been asked by the Chancellor to suggest cuts of 25% and 40%.
Further cuts, on top of the 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent cuts to the Adult Skills Budget already announced this year, will have a devastating impact on a service that is life-changing for many people. At the same time employer investment in skills and training has declined by 2.5bn since 2011. Our aim is to raise awareness, make the case for adult education and to give adult learners a voice. Individual letters or emails to your local MP and the Chancellor will make a difference and make sure that adults are not forgotten when cuts are being made.
Please click here to download a template of what you might consider writing - the suggested text is also below. Further cuts, on top of the 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent cuts to the Adult Skills Budget already announced this year, will have a devastating impact on a service that is life-changing for many people and communities across the country. The group will aim to start a wider debate about the future of adult education in this country. Learning can change people’s lives and improve not just their skills and job prospects but also their confidence and health. APPGs have members from all the main political parties in Parliament and the Adult Education APPG will be supported by the WEA and other specialist adult education institutions. Our aim is to engage key stakeholders, organisations within the FE sector, parliamentarians and other major influencers in a debate about the future of adult education. The project studies models, policies and an ITC infrastructure to reduce household energy demand and to promote smart energy use in smart cities while considering cultural differences.
The day concluded with two students, Ali from Afghanistan and Aziz from Iraq, telling their stories of how they partook in WEA Community Interpreting Courses to help others like themselves to integrate and find success. Half of the students were on means-tested benefits and 28 per cent from disadvantaged postcodes.
If he had not secured his O-level qualifications by attending evening classes, he would not have been able to attend university and subsequently forge a career in national politics. Award-winning journalist Nadine Dereza hosted the event, which highlighted the fantastic work of the students, tutors and staff that make the WEA special.
After my third was born I had to deal with redundancy and the serious illness of my husband. On Saturday, the formal business of the conference will take place with debates on some of the key issues affecting the WEA and adult education. It was entitled Changing Lives and revealed the extent to which adult learning impacts on so many areas of an individual’s life.
In order to help people fully integrate into their communities and boost active citizenship, we believe more should be done to encourage and facilitate English language learning for those who need it.
An effective ESOL programme has the potential to promote community cohesion, fair access to services, social mobility and can enable students to access the labour market.
Applicants should also hold a Level 4 teaching qualification (minimum) or be willing to work towards this. Unless we have accessible and affordable education and skills provision economic growth will stall, our productivity levels will continue to be below the G7 average, and five million adults will continue to struggle without basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Alongside the petition, hundreds of WEA students who have benefited from adult education have been writing to their MPs to protest against potential cuts in the Spending Review. Singing is found in all human societies and can be performed to some extent by the vast majority of people. Each course, made up of two-hour sessions, was run over seven months with a two-week break in the middle. It was a difficult feat considering that she had four children (her youngest at the time was one years old) and it meant leaving behind the security of a profession which she was thriving in. Please help us maintain this vital service for generations to come by highlighting the importance of adult education to the Chancellor and BIS over the coming months. A joint project  between the Institute for  Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) and the Intelligent Sensory and Information Systems (ISIS) group. That survey found that more than half of those aged under 60 gave improving communication skills as a specific skill developed on a WEA course. Whilst we can’t guarantee tutors work, inclusion on our Tutor Panel ensures that you will be considered when suitable courses arise.
Any solution is likely to rest upon innovative delivery methods and other ways of improving access as much as relying on tweaks to the entitlement for financial support. In May 2009, I’ve obtained the habilitation as professor in applied informatics from the same university.



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