SW SLIM/LSRN Summer Conference
Making Progress or Losing Control?
The Exchange, Bridgwater
12 July 2006


Philip Barker
Research and Analysis Manager
City of Bristol College

Philip Barker works at the City of Bristol College as Research and Analysis Manager. He conducts a wide range of research activities both for the college and in collaboration with external organisations, such as the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, and the Institute of Education. Prior to holding this post he worked in a research an development capacity for organisations such as National Education Research Forum, LSDA, and Connexions. He is convenor of the West Country LSRN and sits on the national planning group for LSRN.

Frank Coffield
Professor of Education
Institute of Education, University of London

Frank Coffield is Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, having previously worked in the Universities of Newcastle, Durham and Keele. Earlier he taught in a comprehensive school, an approved school and Jordanhill College of Education in Scotland.

He was Director of the ESRC’s research programme into The Learning Society from 1994 to 2000, and edited 4 reports and 2 volumes of findings from the programme.

In 2004 he published Learning Styles and Pedagogy in post-16 Learning: a systematic and critical review and Should we be using learning styles: what research has to say to practice. Both are downloadable free of charge from: www.lsda.org.uk/pubs/dbaseout/download.asp?
and code=1543.

He is currently the Principal Investigator of an ESRC project in the Teaching and Learning Programme, entitled “The Impact of Policy on Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the New Learning and Skills System”. A book, Improving learning, skills and inclusion: the impact of policy is to be published by Routledge Falmer.

His Inaugural Lecture entitled “Running Ever Faster Down the Wrong Road: An Alternative Future for Education and Skills” is available from the Institute of Education, London.

Other publications include A Glasgow Gang Observed, Methuen (1973); A Cycle of Deprivation?, Hutchinson (1980); Growing Up at the Margins: Young Adults in the North East, Open University Press (1986); (with Dr MacDonald) Risky Business? Youth and Enterprise Culture, Falmer Press (1991); Vandalism and Graffiti: the State of the Art, Gulbenkian Foundation (1991); Drugs and Young People (with Dr Leslie Gofton), London: IPPR (1994); Higher Education in a Learning Society, University of Durham (1995); Repositioning Higher Education (with Bill Williamson), Open University Press, (1997); A National Strategy for Lifelong Learning, University of Newcastle (1998); Breaking the Consensus: Lifelong Learning as Social Control, University of Newcastle (1999); and A New Strategy for Learning and Skills: Beyond 101 Initiatives, University of Newcastle (2002).

Graham Corner
Senior Lecturer in FE
Surrey and Somerset

1979 to 1990 – Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in FE colleges in Surrey and Somerset. Teaching subjects ranging from Basic Skills to agricultural livestock production.

1990 to 2000 – Curriculum Management [Programme Manager/ Head of Department] at Cannington College, Somerset.

2000 to present – Work Based Learning management at Cannington then Bridgwater Colleges. Currently manage team supporting approximately 400 employed learners, working in businesses across the South West.

Jim Crawley
Award Leader, Cert Ed / PGCE
Bath Spa University

Jim has some 30 years experience of working in the sector, spanning the community education, FE and HE spectrum. Jim is the Award Leader for Bath Spa’s part time in-service Cert Ed / PGCE. Jim is an active researcher, having carried out a number of LSDA research consultancies and a range of projects relating to Learning Technology. He is a regular contributor to the West Country Research Network, and is currently researching ‘the perceptions of teachers in Post Compulsory Education about Learning Technology’, for his Ph D. Jim is also the author of the popular book ‘In at the Deep End – a Survival Guide to Teaching in PCE’, and creator of the ‘Itslife’ web site.

Matt Davis and Carolyn Nye
ESOL Programme Coordinators
City of Bristol College

Matt Davis and Carolyn Nye are experienced teachers who have taught both in the UK and abroad, currently working as ESOL Programme Coordinators at City of Bristol College. Both have Masters in TESOL and been involved in a number of practitioner research projects on issues such as progression routes for ESOL learners, using metaphor to aid reflective self-assessment and teacher perspectives on second language acquisition.

Kim Diment
JWT Researcher
Marchmont/SLIM, University of Exeter

Dr. Kim Diment is working on the collaborative research project between Marchmont and SELL, which is focused on young people in the South West in Jobs Without Training and she is contributing to the evaluation of the SWOOP projects. She has been working in qualitative educational research for the past ten years, and has also been a teacher/lecturer in the secondary, FE and HE sectors.

Hazel English
Freelance Trainer/Consultant

After many happy years at City of Bristol College I struck out as a freelance trainer/consultant to follow up my fascination with e-learning. I deliver online courses in management and train tutors to deliver blended learning, (f2f and online) as well as structuring and designing materials for others to use in their online courses.

The various elements of e-learning provide us with materials we can tailor to learners’ needs and situations – but we have to learn how to make them fit properly. Please visit my new blog elasticelearning@blogspot.com to add your ideas.

Chris Evans
Director, Marchmont Observatory
University of Exeter

Chris Evans is Director of the Marchmont Observatory, established at Exeter University in 1998, with responsibility for overall strategic developments and the oversight and commissioning of research.

Chris has 20 years experience working at the national level on learning, skills employment and economic regeneration issues. She was formerly the Director of Strategy and Communication at the TEC National Council where she was responsible for research and evaluation as well as establishing the Adult Learing Inspectorate.

Elaine Fisher
Assistant Director, Progression
Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network

Previously Elaine worked in a variety of educational settings within the UK and USA including 12 years in a further education college operating across a wide range of courses. This included the management of initial teacher training provision with learners from FE, Work Based Learning and the forces. She has had experience in the LSC including involvement with the National LSC Higher Education Strategy, Equality & Diversity, Learning & Development and progression issues. Elaine is an active researcher – including involvement with projects through the LSDA, NRDC and NIACE as well as presenting her own research on professionalism and socio-linguistics both internationally and within the UK. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Further and Higher Education, NIACE and Escalate. Elaine has a BSc Honours in Politics from Bristol University, MA in Post-16 Education and Policy from Sheffield University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of the West of England.

Angela Joyce
Teacher Qualifications Framework Manager
Lifelong Learning UK

Angela (MA (Ed), BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip TESOL) taught English in a large co-educational comprehensive school in Berkshire before moving to Kent, where she worked in the Adult Education Service, introducing and managing the Cert Ed programme and running English related and pre-Access courses. From 2000, Angela was Curriculum Development Manager for the Open College Network Kent and Medway. As a consultant for the National Open College Network (NOCN), she led on developing the Information, Advice and Guidance qualifications, and worked as Strategic Sector Manager. At LLUK, Angela has led the development of the professional standards for teachers in the lifelong learning sector, and is now managing the development of the qualifications framework.

Nick Heard
University of Exeter

Nick is responsible for managing 5 delivery projects that focus on engagement with individual older people. He monitors the quality of their provision, and their progress towards SWOOP targets, co-ordinating collaboration between projects, partners and the communities served and other strands of SWOOP; seeking opportunities to develop new themes, elements or projects, and facilitating such developments; organising management information, managing the contracts, preparing for evaluation; co-ordinating our participation in the European transnational partnership. Nick has an extensive background in project management, training and development.

Barbara Majer
Learning and Language Development Manager
City of Bristol College

Barbara Majer began her teaching career in the 1970s while on a post-graduate scholarship in the former Czechoslovakia. Since then she has taught English - adult literacy and English for Speakers of Othere Languages - in colleges, prisons and community venues. The central role played by language in a person's identity is an abiding passion and it forms the foundation of her research interests.

Debbie Morgan
Researcher In Higher Education
University of Exeter

Debbie is an experienced lecturer and researcher in Higher Education and teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Education Studies, Research Methods and Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Exeter. She is the co-project director for both phases of the Learning Support Assistant research project. Her particular interests in the research have centered on the nature of performance in work based learning and ways of assessing this; the methodologies that enable the development of communities of practice; and the transferability of the qualification to other work based settings, particularly in the children’s workforce.

Anne Parfitt
University of Bath

Anne Parfitt worked for eight years as a lecturer in sixth form and FE colleges. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Bath.

Her research examines the development of lecturers' work in the context of FE college management structures, organisation and policy initiatives.

Hugh Sutherland
Connexions Cornwall and Devon

Hugh Sutherland is a Learning and Skills Broker with Connexions Cornwall and Devon, where he is involved in delivering the Treasury-sponsored Learning Agreement project. After taking an M.Sc. in
Economics and Econometrics at LSE, Hugh worked for 20 years in the Financial Services industry, qualifying as an actuary. In 1992 he moved into H.E., lecturing at LSE, Sheffield Hallam University and London Guildhall (now Metropolitan) University. He then moved to the Institute of Actuaries to help deliver professional education in the UK and worldwide. In 2004 / 05 he took a year off to compete in the Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race (on which subject he will drone on for hours and hours, given the slightest excuse).

Michael Tedder
Research Fellow
University of Exeter

Dr Michael Tedder worked in further education in St Austell, Cornwall, for nearly 30 years, starting as a Liberal Studies lecturer and finding his way to teacher education for further and adult education teachers. He has always supported the idea that teachers are the most suitable people to carry out research in education and became a practitioner-researcher in the Transforming Learning Cultures in Further Education project. Since June 2004 he has been Research Fellow at Exeter University in the project, ‘Learning Lives: Learning, Identity and Agency in the Lifecourse’. He completed his PhD, a study of adult learners returning to formal education through an Access programme, in 2006.

Peter Whalley
Research & Development Manager
Marchmont/SLIM, University of Exeter

Dr Peter Whalley is responsible for developing and contributing to the research activity of both SLIM and of the wider Marchmont Observatory. He is also responsible for supporting the work of and managing research projects for the South West Employment and Skills Research Forum.
Peter has several years experience as an academic researcher and lecturer in Higher Education, and has worked extensively in Further Education on both a provider and a planning level in marketing research, policy research, project management and strategic planning.