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Help Us to Double RaPAL’s Membership! We are always keen to attract new individual and institutional members. Please join us and consider passing this to friends, colleagues and libraries/ resource centres and encouraging them to join RaPAL now!

Many of our members engage in high profile research and policy work, and publish in equivalent publications as well as the RaPAL journal. In 2003, the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) published a report on the wealth and diversity of informal and low profile research and practice that RaPAL members engage in and contribute to the adult learning sector in the UK. This is a feature of our members we value highly and seek to encourage and promote through our journals, conferences and other work.

Professor Emerita Mary Hamilton, Lancaster University, is a founder and honorary lifetime member of RaPAL. Thank you, Mary.

Members’ Benefits

Membership brings:
– two RaPAL digital journals per year,
– discounted attendance at RaPAL conferences,
– participation in the RaPAL JISClist members only discussion forum

We are happy for our members to participate in the journals and conferences and the organisation and administration of RaPAL.

Current Fees

Our membership year runs October to September. You may be eligible for subscription tax relief (contact for more information). 

Digital Editions

Individual Membership
£40 Full-time
£25 Low waged, unwaged or student

Institutional Membership
£90 per institution for up to 5 sites and up to 10,000 fte people (staff and students)
– 50% discount per additional 5 sites or each additional 10,000 fte people (staff and students)

Institutional Membership – Institutional membership allocates two votes at our AGM and free or discounted participation at events. RaPAL are now offering to send the digital journal automatically to up to five institutional member contacts, including librarians, to make sure everyone that wants a copy gets a copy. Is your institution a member and do you want to be added to the list? For more information, contact

Payment Methods

  • Standing Order
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal

For further information and our bank details please contact our Membership Secretary:

How To Join

To join, please complete this form. By joining, you confirm you sympathise with RaPAL’s aims as stated in the Constitution.  For any queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Paper Editions

We have moved away from paper publishing. It is possible to print a pdf of the digital version. We respectfully request members protect our copyright.