University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is a publicly funded higher education institution in Scotland which was established in 1967.  The university offers a range of higher education qualifications from bachelors’ degree to doctoral level qualifications. Additionally, it conducts internationally-renowned research that impacts positively on society.  The expert and specialist knowledge of Stirling's staff and postgraduate students focuses on health and welfare, environment, culture and society, sport, enterprise and economy.  The university is ranked 24th in the UK for students satisfaction with their learning.  

The School of Education at the University of Stirling is ranked by independent sources as the number one education department in Scotland and number three in the UK for learning and teaching and research.  The School’s focus on the provision of teaching practice and research in education, its commitment to lifelong learning through its research projects and its focus on the development of teaching practice through its teaching and research practices and activities makes it an ideal coordinator of the REAL project.

Learning Link Scotland 

Learning Link Scotland is the national organisation representing the interests of adult education, learning and skills delivered by the Third Sector.  We promote, support and represent a dynamic membership of organisations across Scotland.  In partnership we develop innovative programmes for professional development and evaluation.  Our members provide a wide range of adult education, learning and skills opportunities. They are leaders in addressing inequalities, empowering people and communities, and effecting positive change.  By working together, we improve opportunities for communities and contribute significantly to Scotland’s National Outcomes.

Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework Partnership

The SCQF Partnership (SCQFP) was established in November 2006 as a company limited by guarantee to manage the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. The company became a charity registered in Scotland in March 2007. Its members are the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Colleges Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Universities Scotland. It can also co-opt up to 2 Directors. Currently there is one co-opted Director representing the interests of employers. In addition, Scottish Government has observer status on the Board.

The SCQFP manages Scotland’s National Qualifications Framework - the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF or the Framework) - which promotes lifelong learning in Scotland. All mainstream qualifications in Scotland are contained in the Framework and its formal referencing to the European Qualifications Framework has been completed. The Framework provides concrete assistance to everyone in Scotland, including learners, learning providers and employers, by encouraging and supporting people of all ages and circumstances to get access to appropriate education and training so they can develop to their full potential and helping employers, learners and the general public to understand the full range of Scottish qualifications, how qualifications relate to each other and to other forms of learning, and how different types of qualification can contribute to improving the skills of the workforce.

Tallinn University

Tallinn University is an innovative and academically enriching university. It is acknowledged both locally and internationally for its role as a centre for science and education.

The mission of Tallinn University is to support the sustainable development of Estonia through research and its application to academic partnership, including the preparation of intellectuals as well as public dialogue in order to facilitate this partnership.

Tallinn University incorporates 19 institutes and 6 colleges in which study and research is conducted in six different disciplines:

  • Educational sciences
  • Humanities
  • The Arts
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Health sciences

More than 9,500 students, including 500 foreign students, are enrolled in Tallinn University’s bachelor, master and doctoral study programmes. Approximately 15,000 people also participate in further education and Open University studies each year.


The Romanian Institute for Adult Education from Timisoara was established in March 2000 as an independent research unit belonging to the Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, West University of Timisoara. 

IREA was established as a non-profit institution, as a pedagogic research institute in the field of adult and continuing education, aiming to provide scientific and methodological support for all the adult education institutions in Romania, to make the link between the academics and practitioners acting for education of adults.  

IREA’s mission is to contribute towards the development of research and practice in the field of adult and continuing education nationally and at a European level through supporting access to quality resources emerging from collaborative research and development practices and through proactive contributions to processes and products that aim to professionalize adult educators in Romania.

The overall research aim is to improve the quality of the education for adults, and to identify ways to enhance their ongoing participation in learning, and also for strengthening the lifelong learning dimension both at individual and institutional level. 

The main research directions within IREA are: 

  • professionalisation of adult educators – the concern is on developing the concept of initial and continuing professional development of adult educators and managers acting in adult education, and to offering tailored trainings and seminars;
  • impact of new media on adult learning – with focus on setting up effective collaborative learning environments and communities;
  • inter-generational learning and active aging;
  • developing the concept for different supportservices offered to adult learners – e.g. counselling in adult education;
  • innovative didactics and delivery;
  • workplace learning and key competencies;
  • social inclusion and active citizenship through education.

IREA has been developing projects of research – development – innovation together with partners from most of the European countries, being involved in more than 25 international projects on different subjects, covering issues such us: the development of the concept of different services provided to adults (career counselling, networking in adult education, validation of prior learning experiences, education services for elderly); carrying out diagnosis and synthesis research studies concerning the development in different areas of adult education (education for democratic citizenship, education for gender equality, intercultural education, etc.).

IREA has published more than 15 books on different issues in adult education, being coordinator of series of publications: Theoretical approaches in adult education, Praxis in adult education, Methodological Support.IREA is also co-publisher of the Journal of Educational Sciences (, edited by Educational Sciences Department of the Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, West University from Timisoara. 

IREA is an authorised Centre of professional competences evaluation and certification for trainers and trainers of trainers. The certificates of professional competences delivered are recognised on the labour market, being released by the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth and the Ministry of Labour, Family and Equal Opportunities in Romania. 

IREA has a specialised library comprising more than 800 publications and electronic resources, being at the same time a resource centre for documentation and counselling.

University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) was established in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick and classified as the University of Limerick in 1989.

The University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 11,600 students and 1,300 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. Its mission is to promote and advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship in an environment which encourages innovation and upholds the principles of free enquiry and expression. Particular attention is paid to the generation of knowledge which is relevant to the needs of Ireland's continuing socio-economic development.

In this regard UL has a strong commitment to the concept of the recognition of prior learning. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) at the University of Limerick encompasses all types of prior learning including, Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL), Accreditation of Prior Learning and Achievement (APL&A), Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC), Learning Outside Formal Teaching (LOFT).

Within UL RPL is used for the following purposes:

  • to enable applicants to gain entry to a programme of the university;
  • to award credits for part of a programme of study;
  • to award exemptions for some programme requirements;

The University of Limerick offers a range of programmes up to doctoral and postdoctoral levels in the disciplines of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering. 

The University is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 133 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and working environment. The University of Limerick campus is located 5km from Limerick City and 20km from Shannon International Airport.

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