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Upcoming Events

2 May
Prison Reform Conference
Wednesday 2 May, 12-4pm

We would like to welcome you to our first Criminology Society Conference which will be built around the theme of prison reform and movements toward a system which changes the culture of offending. This is a public conference and it is hoped it will provide a forum in which to share ideas and best practice, welcome varied perspectives, inspire each other and connect through conversation about what is achieveable in the area of prison reform. We have three guest speakers joining us talk through a variety of topic areas including:

David Honeywell - Criminologist - Ex Prisoners and the transformation of self through Higher Education

Paula Harriot - Prison Reform Trust - User involvement and its links to desistance and system change

Joanna Marston - HMP Berwyn - Can prison promote positive citizenship?


15 May
Professor Claire Taylor - Learning without Limits: thriving (not just surviving) in Wonderland
Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 6pm

Claire is an educationalist with nearly 30 years’ experience working with learners across different sectors. She is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education at Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University. Previously she was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at St Mary’s University, London and has also held senior roles at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. Prior to working in higher education, Claire held teaching and leadership positions within the schools’ sector. Claire is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association and a Professional Affiliate Member of the Chartered College of Teaching. She is a UK Teaching Excellence Framework Assessor and Panel member and sits on the Higher Education Funding Council for England National Student Survey Advisory Group, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Committee for Student Opportunity and Achievement, and Universities Wales Learning and Teaching Advisory Group.

Learning without Limits: thriving (not just surviving) in Wonderland

The current higher education landscape represents the set of a crazy production of Alice in Wonderland. Like Alice (in the context of policy decisions for example) we are often expected to believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Or like the White Rabbit, we end up defaulting to rather manic and reactive behaviour; it feels the only way to cope sometimes with everything that is thrown at us. So as educators and leaders how do we navigate Wonderland? A world obsessed with data, metrics and league tables. A world of TEF, NSS, REF and soon KEF. In this environment, how do we operate in a way that not only aims to safeguard our own principles, values, sense of integrity and well-being, but that also (and most importantly) benefits our students?
Together we will explore the key pedagogical principles of ‘Learning without Limits’, a movement that has gathered momentum in schools over the past 15 years, but which has been slow to gain traction within higher education. We will explore how ‘Learning without Limits’ articulates an educational approach that rises above and goes beyond the instrumentalism of metrics and transcends the ‘Wonderland’ within which we find ourselves. By creating space to reflect upon what really impacts upon learning and achievement we also present ourselves with a challenge. That challenge is to grasp and take forwards a more hopeful but also more courageous approach to teaching and supporting learning; an approach that may be metrics-minded, but that should never, ever default to being metrics-driven. An approach that hinges upon a pedagogy of transformability for the benefit of all.