Facilitating the exchange and dissemination of information and practices in lifelong learning and widening participation to higher education

Our new website is currently being constructed. Whilst it is being built, you can find lots of information about FACE, including how to join, on this page. 


Established in 1993, FACE (The Forum for Access and Continuing Education) is a UK-wide network for those involved and concerned with access, continuing education and lifelong learning, and facilitates the exchange and dissemination of information and practices.

As a multi-sector network, FACE and its members are at the forefront of the challenges involved in providing lifelong learning opportunities. We play a key role as a pressure group, service provider, staff development forum, national policy shaper, information service and event organiser.

By promoting collaboration and innovation between providers and practitioners, FACE aims to support and encourage a socially inclusive framework for lifelong learning, challenging exclusion and fostering full participation.

FACE 2023 Conference

Co-constructing Education for All

28th - 30th June 2023 | University of Derby

The FACE annual conference has become a major event in the higher education diary, bringing together practitioners, senior managers, policy makers, researchers and many others concerned with lifelong learning and access.

To avoid disappointment and get the ‘early bird’ rate, make sure you book for the conference now.


We are also proud to partner with the following organisations:

Join Us

Become part of our network of practitioners, researchers and policymakers and take advantage of a unique forum aimed at the development and dissemination of both practice and policy. Benefits include:

Discounted rate at the yearly FACE conference, seminars and other events

Receive the monthly FACE e-bulletin straight to your inbox, packed full of the latest insights, research and events from the sector

Opportunity to apply for annual Research Funding

Invitation to attend Executive Meetings

Access to like-minded national and international colleagues

We offer both individual and institutional memberships.



per annum

institutional membership*


per annum

*One “lead” member plus up to nine further colleagues from the same institution can be registered as members – all receiving the same benefits.

To join FACE simply complete the form below. We will then contact you about payment.

Access Podcast

SOAS and FACE have teamed up to bring you the Access Podcast – a monthly podcast focusing on the big themes of widening participation, social mobility and student success. Avaliable wherever you download your podcast from, or you can stream from Spotify here: 


Questions about membership, publications, events and other FACE activities should be directed to the team at webmaster@face.ac.uk

Monthly e-bulletin

Both members and non-members can sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter by emailing webmaster@face.ac.uk

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