University of Glasgow
The base for PASCAL in Europe is the University of Glasgow. Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the United Kingdom and its mission is to undertake leading-edge, internationally-competitive research while offering a challenging student-centred learning environment. As a leading international university, it aims to sustain and add value to Scottish culture and society, to the natural environment and to the national economy. It has some 15000 undergraduates, almost 5000 postgraduates and 5000 adults in continuing education programmes with students from coming from more than 100 countries. The University is a major research powerhouse; with an annual research income of more than £116m, Glasgow in the UK's top ten earners for research. In the latest independent research survey, Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, almost 70% of the University's research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
The host department for PASCAL is the Department of Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) is one of the largest departments of its type in the UK academic sector. Established more than fifty years ago it aims to provide learning opportunities for adults in the West of Scotland and to widen access to University education to the community at large. Its staff, a number of whom are PASCAL affiliates, ensure quality through their own research and scholarship and have special experience and/or training in initiating, designing, promoting and teaching courses for adults. The Department also acts as a direct link between the University and a wide variety of external agencies, organisations and institutions involved in post-compulsory education and training.
Key areas of activity of the Department include:
- Provision of general continuing education programmes for the public
- Part-time courses for credit leading to Certificate of Higher Education
- Access courses: introduction to university study for mature students
- Outreach programmes, targeted at socially excluded groups, undertaken in partnership with a wide range of external bodies
- Postgraduate programmes in the field of adult and continuing education
- Degree programme in community development
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Children's Hearings Training Unit provides training for Panel members and Safeguarders
- STRADA (Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol): DACE is a partner in this with the University's Centre for Drugs Misuse Research and the organisation DrugScope
Research in the area of adult education and lifelong learning is facilitated within its Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning. Research relevant to PASCAL overall within the Faculty of Education is co-ordinated within the research cluster, Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Education (SJPLE). Its key themes, all of which have both local and global contexts are: HE pedagogy and engagement; Lifelong Learning; Community Development; Health, drugs and addictions; Life transitions and identity; Poverty, Globalisation and Justice; and Social Inclusion. A number of the doctoral students within this cluster are undertaking research relevant to the PASCAL’s interests in topics that for example include the social impact of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Oleysa Nedvetskaya) and the development of Lifelong Learning Attributes In Tanzanian HE (Mpoki Mwaikokesya) and Service learning in HE (Gail Goulet)
PASCAL at the University of Glasgow is directed by Professor Michael Osborne with Dr Lesley Doyle as Deputy Director. Professor Andy Furlong, Professor of Social Inclusion and Education, Dr Ralf St Clair (Senior Lecturer) and Keith Hammond (Lecturer) are PASCAL Affiliates. A number of PASCAL board members and associates are also honorary members of staff of the department: these are Professor Chris Duke, Mireille Pouget, Professor Gabo Ntseane, Professor Julia Preece, Kate Sankey, Chris Shepherd, John Tibbitt and Professor Stephanie Young. The Dean of the Faculty of Education, within which DACE is located, Professor Jim Conroy, is a member of the Advisory Board of PASCAL. Many other staff in the department and wider faculty are active within PASCAL projects, a number of which are located in DACE. These include a number of projects concerned within the area learning region development, including Eurolocal, R3L+, Research Universities and their Regions, a contribution to the Interim Review of the EC’s LLL progamme and the Pascal Universities Regional Engagement (PURE) project.
The University of Glasgow also hosts the PASCAL Secretary-General, John Tibbitt, Research Centre Manager, Dr Alan Foster and secretary, Steven Campbell.
The main roles of the Glasgow regional office of PASCAL are to support its subscribing members and associates in Europe and Africa and to manage a number of PASCAL’s research and development projects. Locally in Scotland this has included a Review of Schools and their impact on Communities for the Scottish Government, a Comparative Analysis of School-Based vocational transitions and workshops to improve the Engagement of SMEs for Skills Development Scotland, and Reviews of Assessment and Grading for the Scottish Qualifications Authority. It also provides and maintains links to a number of other organisations relevant to PASCAL’s work at local, national and international level. Within the University of Glasgow, this includes linkages to other relevant departments such as Urban Studies and relevant centres such as the Glasgow Centre for International Development and the Active Learning Centre. Nationally it maintains links with the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Forum for the Advancement of Continuing Education. It links on a European level with the European Universities Continuing Education Network.