4th International ARPCE Conference

Sponsored by Taylor & Francis


Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK

Friday 10 July – Sunday 12 July 2020

Conference theme: Research in Post-compulsory Education



This international conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in post-compulsory education from many different countries. It provides an opportunity for participants to spend 3 days in inspirational surroundings sharing ideas and projects with like minded people. The ARPCE committee is keen to attract early career researchers, those with teaching or professional roles in post-compulsory education, as well as established researchers and journal contributors. Contributions on any aspect of post-compulsory education are very welcome, including professional education, adult learning, further and higher education, work based learning, community education. Presenters may focus upon theory, practice, or methodology, and be prepared to share their work in a supportive and inclusive learning environment. To mark the 25 year anniversary of the Journal, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, we also invite contributors offer a brief historical overview of their research field over the last 25 years that adds contextual interest and supports the development of their work.

As conference places will be strictly limited, Conference Paper abstracts up to 250 words should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than 31 January 2020, via the ARPCE website www.arpce.org.uk. Alternatively there will be an opportunity to submit a Conference Poster. All proposals will be reviewed by the ARPCE Committee. Accepted papers will be allocated a 30 minute session. Presenters will be allowed 20 minutes to summarise their research and the balance of time will be open for discussion of the paper.

Participants may book into College accommodation for all of the conference. Day attendance will also be possible.

Following the success of the previous three ARPCE Conferences at this venue in July 2014, July 2016 and July 2018, we expect there will be keen demand for places, and therefore early application is advised.

For queries or informal advice, please contact ARPCE President: Dr Gary Husband, gary.husband@stir.ac.uk

We also accept proposals for symposia, please submit these through the same upload below.


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The 2020 ARPCE International conference is brought in partnership with the following generous sponsors:


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Conference Programme


Please refer to the printed programme at the conference

Conference Registration

Conference registration and booking for all presenters and non presenters alike will be available here on March the 13th 2020.

You will be able to book and pay for your full weekend reservation (including accommodation in the beautiful surroundings of Harris Manchester College) using the booking and registration facilities that will be opened up here.

Conference fees

We offer a full weekend reservation including all three days of the conference and accommodation at Harris Manchester College, fees to be confirmed.

Fees for registration for individual days and on a non residential basis will also be available.


Please use the ‘Buy Tickets’ link below to go to our booking website at Brown Paper Tickets. This will be open after March 13th 2020.

Keynote Addresses

We aim to offer an interesting and diverse selection of keynote addresses from speakers of note working in post-compulsory education. Keynote addresses to be confirmed. 


Conference Location

The conference will be held in the stunning Harris Manchester College of Oxford University. This historic site has been the home of the conference since it started, and the surroundings and architecture have helped create the friendly atmosphere the conference has become known for.

Harris Manchester College is conveniently located in the ancient city centre of Oxford, a few moments walk from many of the city’s most famous landmarks and attractions. Excellent public transport links to major airports (London and Birmingham  as examples) make this location ideal for international contributors.

Address: 1 Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TD

Web: www.hmc.ox.ac.uk



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Journal of Research in Post Compulsory education: Conference Special Edition

Screenshot 2018-03-13 11.26.19We are pleased to announce that a special edition of the Journal of Research in Post Compulsory Education will be published in conjunction with the 4th ARPCE International Conference.

All delegates presenting papers at the conference will be invited to submit their presented papers for consideration in the special edition.

Contributors will be asked to submit after the conference in July.

More details will follow shortly.

Conference Papers

To upload and read conference papers, please click on THIS LINK.

The page that opens is password protected. All conference delegates will have been e mailed the password.

If you need to access this section and you do not have the password, please contact Dr Gary Husband using gary.husband@stir.ac.uk