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Thursday 1 April 202110.00 to 11.00

Join our next guest, Dr Natasha Kersh, as part of the UCL Edukeeners Student Society’s new series of Fireside Chats.

Fireside Chats Series:

Fireside Chats is our latest initiative to connect our diverse community of Edukeeners with UCL faculty members, during Covid restrictions. The initiative seeks to create the (virtual) space for informal conversations, akin to ‘Cheese and Wine’ evenings with faculty pre-pandemic. Our guest faculty member will choose to share with us nuggets of knowledge from their professional and personal lives, in a short 15min presentation. The rest of the session will then be reserved for an informal exchange between students and our guest, either related to the topic of their presentation or anything else, based on a pre-provided bio.

We are grateful to Dr. Katya Gabriele Saville, for kick-starting the series for us on 25 March 2021, 11am-12pm

Now, our next guest is Dr Natasha Kersh, who will be joining us on 1 April 2021, 10am-11am

Guest background and interests:

Dr Natasha Kersh is a lecturer at the IOE, known by most of you as the lecturer for the ‘Understanding Research Methods’ module. Since joining the IOE she’s worked on a number of national and international projects, such as EU funded projects and UK-based ESRC (Economic and Social Science Research Council) funded initiatives. She was a Local Coordinator on a Horizon 2020 project (European Commission) Adult Education as a means to Active Participatory Citizenship (EduMap).

Dr Natasha’s research work has centred on issues of workplace learning vocational education and training, lifelong learning, and comparative education. Check out some of her publications and research activities hereresearch activities here. Her country-specific knowledge covers: UK (vocational education, workplace learning, adult education) Germany (vocational education); Russia (lifelong learning); Eastern Europe and the Baltic States (transition processes); EU countries (VET, adult education, lifelong learning).

While we’ll be aiming to have an informal exchange overall, regarding research, professional and/or life experiences, Dr Natasha has agreed to also share with us a short presentation on the role of adult education in promoting active citizenship and inclusion - insights from cross-national research done as part of the EduMap. She will also share with us more on the upcoming first open access book to explicitly approach the complex interdependencies between adult education, vulnerable young adults and active citizenship, which she is a co-author to.

To join please register for the event on Eventbrite. Please note that, for security purposes, you will require a passcode which would have been circulated internally to all society members. To join as a non-member please request the passcode by emailing su.edukeeners-society@ucl.ac.ukIf you are encountering any issues with registration feel free to get in touch by emailing us.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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