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UKLA 53rd International Conference 2017 - Glasgow *BOOKING CLOSED*

Language, Literacy and Class: Connections and Contradictions

This event took place Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017
UKLA 53rd International Conference 2017 - Glasgow *BOOKING CLOSED*

This year's theme invites colleagues to consider the connections and the contradictions between language, literacy and class. At a time when austerity is increasingly becoming one of the social norms and consequently widening divisions become more evident in society, this conference will explore the impact of these changes on literacy education - both the connections and the contradictions, the problems and the innovations.

Opening address: John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills for Scotland

Keynote Speakers:

Graeme Logan is Strategic Director at Education Scotland. Graeme is a member of Education Scotland’s senior leadership team while also working closely with Learning Directorate to provide educational leadership to the Scottish Attainment Challenge and lead the development of a new National Improvement Framework. In his previous role as Strategic Director, School Years, he had responsibility for supporting the curriculum, learning, teaching and assessment in the school years across Scotland. Graeme was responsible for leading national support for the successful implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. He also led the programme of school inspections.

Graeme was previously Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning at Education Scotland and prior to that he held the post of HM Inspector of Education. In 2010-2011, he was seconded to be Professional Advisor to the national review of teacher education, resulting in the publication of Teaching Scotland’s Future. Prior to joining Education Scotland in 2008, Graeme was a Headteacher in West Lothian. Graeme is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland and a non-executive director of the V&A Museum, Dundee.

Dr Vicky Duckworth is a Reader in Education at Edge Hill University. Vicky has developed considerable expertise as an educationalist and researcher in the field of Adult Literacy and Education. She is deeply committed to challenging inequality through critical and emancipatory approaches to education, widening participation, inclusion, community action and engaging in research with a strong social justice agenda. Presently, she is researching effective practice in the delivery and teaching of English and Maths to 16-18 year olds (DfE funded) and leading a UCU funded research project (with Dr Rob Smith) which aims to understand and provide evidence of how the further education (FE) sector is vital in transforming lives and communities in 21st centuryBritain.

She is a member of a number of National and International networks, which includes her role as trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation (, the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education ( and co-convener of the BERA Social justice and Education SIG.
Throughout her career Vicky has published widely which consists of authoring and editing books, most recently this includes: Learning Trajectories, Violence and Empowerment amongst Adult Basic Skills Learners (Routledge, 2013); Landscapes of Specific Literacies in Contemporary Society: Exploring a social model of literacy (Routledge 2014); Adult Literacy Policy and Practice: From Intrinsic Values to Instrumentalism (Palgrave 2015).

Shirley Brice Heath, Margery Bailey Professor of English & Dramatic Literature and Professor of English, Emerita, Stanford University, has taught English literature, linguistic anthropology, and reading and composition across many contexts throughout her career. In 2003, she chose, however, to leave aside teaching university classes and to move into design research exploring and building programs of voluntary learning in disenfranchised communities. For the past decade, she has provided the architecture and research for programs in orchestral music, drama, and visual arts for cross-age highly disenfranchised groups in the United States and Europe. Since 2015, she has worked in Europe with cultural centers bringing refugees into the midst of the socialization powers of the arts for building an understanding of democracy. Her website describes much of this work and provides pdfs of recent publications:

  • Author and Illustrator Panel (Saturday pm)

Vivian French, Debi Gliori and David Litchfield 

Sue Ellis is Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde and Co-Director of its Centre for Education and Social Policy. She is co-author of the influential Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report Closing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Education. She led the Education Strand of Renfrewshire’s Poverty Commission and sits on the Scottish Government Assessment and National Qualifications Group.

Sue researches effective literacy teaching and policy development, working with student teachers, teachers and the policy community on projects that improve literacy outcomes for pupils. Her focus is on developing sustainable, long-term and effective models for intervention and practice and on place-based research that generates the knowledge and the prototypes that help teachers change youngsters’ lives for the better.

For any enquiries please contact [email protected]

The Call for papers is now closed. Booking is now closed.

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