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Transitions: Challenges, Threats & Opportunities across the Post-compulsory Sectors


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The UK Government continues to reorganise and transform post-compulsory education to support the growth of a marketised and consumer-driven provision. There is a clear trend towards increasing competition, through the fragmentation and differentiation of provision, alongside increasing levels of bureaucracy, surveillance and practitioner accountability. As these neoliberalising tendencies increase and intensify, inequality and stratification associated with student cohorts, as well within and across the post-compulsory education sectors are further increasing. Those of us engaged in post-compulsory education have to meet and navigate the challenges posed by the transitions, developments and consequences of these changes.

This event is for all interested in post compulsory education and higher education including: Higher Education academics; College-based HE academics; Adult Education practitioners, Students and Community Education practitioners


09:30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Introduction & welcome
Craig Hammond, Liverpool John Moores University
10.15 We do not have the luxury of being hopeless’: the optics and ontics of concrete utopia in education
Sarah Amsler, Nottingham University
11.00 Q&A
11.15 Refreshments break

Panel discussion and Q&A

  • Joel Petrie, Association for Research in Post-compulsory Education (ARPCE)
  • Colette Mawdsley, Hugh Baird College
  • Paul Reynolds, Edge Hill University
  • Alex Dunedin, The Ragged University
  • Sarah Amsler, Nottingham University
12.30 Lunch
13.15 Parallel papers 1
14.45 Parallel papers 2
16.10 Summary & concluding comments
16.25 Completion of evaluation forms
16.30 Close of event

speaker presentations


The BERA Early Career Researcher Network offers a limited amount of bursaries to the value of £75 towards travel for BERA Student Members only.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 250 word statement on why you want to attend this event and why you need the financial assistance. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.