Invitation to Recognising Prior Learning [RPL] Project Launch and National Seminar 11th November 2014

​The Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) Wales Project is pleased to open an invitation to it's Launch and National Seminar, an important event taking place at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on 11th November 2014, to highlight the work of RPL Wales, a collaborative project developed between Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of South Wales, Cardiff University and The Open University in Wales.

The main aim of this first RPL National seminar, and the project, is make a wide variety of stake-holders aware of the vast potential and importance of RPL to the skills agenda in Wales, and provide a framework for education providers in South East Wales to offer an RPL service to learners and businesses. Each session and speaker will be followed by a Q&A opportunity.

The project, funded by HEFCW, has examined the benefits and potential pitfalls of delivering RPL in SE Wales and has developed successful RPL policies and practices, which the project team wish to share with a wide variety of stake-holders including - academic and business leaders, politicians and policy makers, training and development innovators, human resource directors, vocational education and community focused agencies.

The RPL Project Launch and National Seminar will also seek to fulfil a number of broader organisational objectives, the most notable being:

  • the establishment of a RPL Network in Wales [similar to that developed by multiple stakeholders in Scotland];

  • consideration of the need for a National RPL Framework for Higher Education in Wales;

  • the location of RPL within broader developments linked to a more flexible, accessible curriculum in Wales, enabling greater participation in higher education by learners from a wide range of backgrounds.


The RPL Project Launch and National Seminar - Outline Programme

10am - 4pm, 11th November 2014

SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff


10.00am         Welcome and Introduction

Dr Peter Treadwell, SE Wales Capital Network 'Learning via Employment' RPL Project manager


10.15am         The RPL Wales Project Launch – HE and business sector collaboration

Fiona Argent, Centre for Work Based Learning [CWBL] Cardiff Metropolitan University


11.30am         RPL National Seminar Session 1 - RPL in Higher Education : Case Study Middlesex University

Dr Darryl Bravenboer, Middlesex University, Institute for Work Based Learning


1.45pm           RPL National Seminar Session 2 - Designing a National RPL Framework: Case Study Scotland

Professor Ruth Whittaker & Marty Wright, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scottish Centre for Work Based Learning


2.45pm           RPL National Seminar 3 -  Case Study: National Training Federation Wales

Jeff Protheroe, Operations manager, NTfW


3.30pm           The RPL future in Wales – Discussion Panel

Chair, Dr Peter Treadwell


4.00pm           Closing remarks

Delegates have the option of attending the launch only, but all delegates are invited to stay for the full days seminar. A light lunch will be provided to all seminar delegates.

Please come and be an important voice in this critical debate and help shape the future of RPL in Higher Education in Wales by completing the attached Registration Form and returning to by the 31st October 2014.

This RPL National Launch and Seminar will be a formative moment in the evolution of the skills agenda in Wales. It seeks to build a focused and critical debate with  a wide-ranging group of stakeholders to determine how RPL can form a key part of a broad agenda, which seeks to develop more flexible and efficient learning pathways within Higher Education, enabling and sustaining widening participation and workforce development.

We look forward to meeting you and speaking with you at the RPL National Launch and seminar!

Dr Peter Treadwell, SE RPL Wales Project Manager and Fiona Argent, Manager, Centre for Work Based Learning, Cardiff Metropolitan University.