Universities Vocational Awards Council

Middlesex contact: Professor Darryll Bravenboer, Board Member

The University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) representing the higher and further education sector  providing an independent voice for our members on matters relating to higher level vocational learning. Its mission is to champion higher level vocational learning.
UVAC promote:

  • The importance of meeting the higher vocational learning needs of individuals and employers
  • The validity of work-based routes into vocational higher education – with no artificial barriers
  • The value of experiential and reflective learning
  • The value of work-based and work-related higher education learning

WBLRC have contributed significantly to the work of UVAC, not least in the area of policy and practice relating to the role of universities in Higher Apprenticeship development. WBLRC has also engaged in joint research with UVAC (see research tab and provided editorial support for the UVAC Journal – Higher Level Skills and Work-Based Learning.

International Conference on Professional and Practice-based Doctorates (ICPPD)

Middlesex contact: Professor Carol Costley, Chair

The Work and Learning Research centre co-hosts the International Conference on Professional Doctorates with the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE). The conference series addresses issues surrounding the innovative ways that higher education, professional associations, businesses and other stakeholders are creating new opportunities in doctorate level learning. The conferences have been held in London, Edinburgh, Florence, Cardiff and Belfast, attracting international delegates – especially from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The next conference event will be in York 25th and 26th February 2021.
There is also now a collaboration every other year with seminars/ workshops on similar topics.

SEEC network of the UK Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL)

Middlesex contact: Professor Darryll Bravenboer, Governing Council member

SEEC is a highly respected authority in the existing and developing field of Credit Accumulation and Transfer at higher education levels with the purpose to create learning opportunities through the use of academic credit. SEEC serves as a reference point on credit-based learning, structures and processes in the UK and internationally in this developing field. Formed in 1985, SEEC is a collaborative network of universities and HE providers working together to advance the use and practice of academic credit, widening access to learning.

The Work and Learning Research Centre has contributed to the development of the influential SEEC Credit Level Descriptors referencing higher-level learning in work-based learning and accreditation contexts.

International Association of Practice Doctorate (IAPD)

Middlesex contact: Professor Carol Costley, Chair

The International Association of Practice Doctorates influences opinion and practice through its successful seminars and workshops. IAPD’s aims are to make connections between higher education institutions, professional organisations, professional practice and research activity; to undertake support and staff development for those engaged in doctoral education; and to provide a voice for professional and practice-based doctoral research at national and international levels. We have been leading the group and working in collaboration with the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE).

Work and Learning network of the UK Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL )

Middlesex contacts: Dr Paula Nottingham and Dr Elda Nikolou-Walker, Co-convenors

We have facilitated the activities of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UK) Work and Learning network since its inception in 1994, through a steering group of the most active UK universities in the field of Work Based Learning.
The network provides a public website, an Advance HE Connect forum, workshops, seminars and conferences as well as a national lobby (through UALL) to influence the direction of work-based, work-integrated and other forms of work-related and practice-based learning in many higher education contexts. The annual conference brings together international researchers in the field that continues to progress and expand with many new international developments