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Resources

Here you will find resources from events and activities relating to Wolverhampton City Learning Region. 

Breakfast Event: 24th May 2018

Building a Learning Region, What it Takes to Make a Learning City / Region:

Key Lessons From Bristol, Swansea and Cork

The purpose of this event was for us to hear from key representatives from Bristol Learning City, Swansea Learning City and Cork Learning City about key lessons we can learn from their experiences to date with building a sustainable and successful learning city/region.  This event was organised to inform next steps with developing the Wolverhampton City Learning Region initiative through a partnership approach based on collaborative working. 

The Breakfast event was hosted by University of Wolverhampton at the Wolverhampton Science Park. 

For the Event Programme please click on the link below. 

WCLR May Event Programme

 

For the event videos, please click on the below links:

Building a Learning Region Event  – Welcome Video

Building a Learning Region Event  – Bristol Learning City Presentation Video

Building a Learning Region Event  – Swansea Learning City Presentation Video

Building a Learning Region Event  – Cork Learning City Presentation Video

Building a Learning Region Event  – Panel Discussion Q&A Video

 

Launch Event: 17th October 2017

Help shape the future of the Wolverhampton City Learning Region

The launch of the Wolverhampton City Learning Region initiative took place on Tuesday 17th October 2017.

The launch provided:

  • an introduction to the concept of Learning Cities/Regions
  • the reasons for developing it,
  • an analysis of the social and economic context underpinning it,
  • asked attendees / stakeholders views on how we can work in partnership to address some of the common challenges facing our region.

To be successful the initiative needs to be owned and driven by all sectors and the launch represented the opportunity for attendees / stakeholders to collaboratively shape its future to determine the direction and priority actions.

The launch was hosted by University of Wolverhampton at The Chancellor’s Hall, City Campus in Wolverhampton. 

WCLR-LaunchEventProgramme

 

Research

Here you will find reports from research commissioned by the University of Wolverhampton to inform development of the Wolverhampton City Learning Region.

Also available here are links to reports, papers or videos from various areas of the University’s research activities of relevance to Wolverhampton City Learning Region.

 

Stuart Connor 

Stuart Connor is a Reader at the University of Wolverhampton. With a background in policy analysis, a recurrent theme in Stuart’s research is to not only understand the impact that changing conditions and policies have on people's lives, but to also explore how people can and should have an impact on policies and future relations and practices. This is reflected in Stuart’s current research that explores and enacts the potential of learning futures to explore, rehearse, assess and create desired futures.  

          GlobalMegatrendsandBlackCountry-StuartConnor

 

Sir Alan Tuckett OBE

Sir Alan Tuckett is Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton and a fellow of UNESCO's Institute of Lifelong Learning.  He is past president of the International Council for Adult Education; led NIACE 1988 to 2011, and before that worked in adult education in the Inner London Education Authority and Brighton.  He was Vice Chair of the Fryer Committee in 1989.  His recent research has been with the Foresight study on lifelong learning and the World Economic Forum on lifelong learning, AI and robotics.  He was awarded OBE in 1996 and knighted in 2018.  

  • ILO Interview with Sir Alan Tuckett - Lifelong Learning and Skills Development

A landmark report issued by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work recommends, among others, a universal entitlement to lifelong learning that enables people to skill, reskill and upskill. But, what exactly do we mean by lifelong learning? And, what role does the ILO and its partners play in managing a universal entitlement to lifelong learning? These are among the questions raised in this interview with Sir Alan Tuckett.

For the short version of the video interview, please click on the below link:

Lifelong Learning and Skills Development - Interview with Sir Alan Tuckett (short version)

For the long version of the video interview, please click on the below link:

Lifelong Learning and Skills Development - Interview with Sir Alan Tuckett (long version)

 

The Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD) 

The Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD) at the University of Wolverhampton works with and in our local communities to deliver effective community-based transformational projects, drives policy developments, and promote social mobility. Drawing on a history of collaborative research across the University's faculties of Social Science, and Health, Education, and Well-being, ICRD uses interdisciplinary expertise to affect positive change in local communities, increase knowledge, and shape local and national policy. ICRD undertakes pioneering community development studies that improve the life chance of individuals in the region, and works with our partnership networks to champion for change.

  • Communities Uncovered Project Report 

The Communities Uncovered was published in 2018 by the Heart of England Community Foundation in collaboration with the ICRD’s Dr. Steve Iafrati. The report aimed to identify the most pressing social, economic and health related issues currently affecting people living in the Black Country and Birmingham.  The Heart of England Community Foundation followed up with the launch of the Communities Uncovered Fund, designed to support the recommendations highlighted in the report, in an effort to make significant positive changes in the Black Country and Birmingham.

Communities Uncovered

  •  An evaluation of Wolverhampton’s Social Prescribing Service: A New Route to Wellbeing

The ICRD were commissioned by the Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group to conduct an independent mixed methods evaluation of Wolverhampton’s Social Prescribing Service. The social prescribing service, run by Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, provides a link between primary care services and the voluntary and community sector, and aims to help people with non-clinical needs access a wide variety of services and activities in Wolverhampton to support their health and wellbeing.  Dr Rachel Massie and Dr Nahid Ahmad led the evaluation and the report (2019) highlights the positive impact on service users’ wellbeing and loneliness, potential cost savings for primary care services and overwhelmingly positive feedback from a range of stakeholders.

Social Prescribing Evaluation Report