Right2Learn Conference

NEON Global Events

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    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Right2Learn is Right for Now

Thursday 20th May 2021
6:00pm – 8:30pm

The R2L campaign was launched in December 2020. The R2L vision is that everyone should have a statutory right to learn whatever their age or background. R2L acts as cross sector campaign that advocates for the development/implementation of policy and practices related to lifelong learning. The Right2Learn campaign is supported by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON).

The ‘Right2Learn is Right for Now’ conference will bring speakers and delegates together from across sectors to identify the key challenges and opportunities for lifelong learning in our post Covid recovery and in addressing the challenges of the decade ahead.


6pm: Introduction
Gordon Marsden
6.10pm – ‘The Learning Age revisited: do we need a lifelong learning strategy for our post-covid world?’
Lecture by Lord Blunkett in honour of Bob Fryer (1945-2021)
6.40pm – Response to the Lecture
Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD
6.50-7.35pm: Panel 1 – What should a new lifelong learning strategy include? – HE, FE, national, local, inequality and opportunity:
Chair: Professor Graeme Atherton, Head of the Centre for Levelling Up (CLUP), University of West London
Professor Peter John, Vice-Chancellor, University of West London
Ann Limb, Founder of the Helena Kennedy Foundation
Dame Ruth Silver, Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL)
Dave Ward, General Secretary, Communication Workers Union (CWU)
7.40-8.25pm: Panel 2 – Who would a new lifelong learning strategy be for? – tackling inequalities between and within our communities/post pandemic – building bridges not barriers
Chair: TBC
Kirstie Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, City & Guilds
Professor John Holford, University of Nottingham & The Joint Secretary of The Centenary Commission on Adult Education
Lou Mycroft, JoyHE
Angela Nartey, University College Union
Simon Parkinson, General Secretary, Workers Educational Association (WEA)
8.25pm: Closing remarks
Gordon Marsden
8.30pm: Close