The Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) facilitates the exchange and dissemination of information and practices in lifelong learning and widening participation to higher education. By promoting collaboration and innovation between providers and practitioners, FACE aims to support and encourage a socially inclusive framework for lifelong learning, challenging exclusion and fostering full participation. As a large multi-sector network we play a key role as a pressure group, service provider, staff development forum, national policy shaper, information service and event organiser. FACE membership has grown rapidly over the years reflecting the changing boundaries of lifelong learning practices in HE and beyond. It has developed into the largest network of its type in Europe with growing national and international partnership arrangements. In turn, the FACE annual conference have become a major event in the higher education diary, bringing together practitioners, senior managers, policy makers, researchers and many others concerned with lifelong learning and access to HE.

Recent Blog
By FACE  /  December 13, 2021
Inequality can be understood in two ways, inequality of outcome and inequality in opportunity (Broer et al, 2019). Inequality of...
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By FACE  /  December 13, 2021
We certainly continue to go through interesting times. The government very recently highlighted changes coming up next year which will...
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By FACE  /  December 13, 2021
UVAC, as the Higher Education (HE) representative body championing vocational learning and with over 80 universities in its membership, welcomes...
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By FACE  /  November 15, 2021
There has often been an important acknowledgement that employers have a crucial role to play as co-constructors of learning alongside...
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By FACE  /  November 15, 2021
One of the challenges widen participation practitioners have faced in recent times has been in maintaining regular contact with schools...
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By FACE  /  October 12, 2021
Frequently we find ourselves discussing the impact of policy – and whether the consequences of it (unintended or otherwise) are...
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By FACE  /  October 12, 2021
In September 2021, a trio of colleagues from the University of Derby were delighted to attend the annual Network for...
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By FACE  /  October 12, 2021
Like a lot of people we have found working through the pandemic isolating. For a sector which has always felt...
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By FACE  /  September 14, 2021
The role of FE colleges [FECs] in widening HE access has attracted an increasing amount of attention in recent months....
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