Webinar Series – Military-inclusive Higher Education in England

May 17, 2021

You are invited to join ASCN (New Zealand) for the next Webinar in the series as they continue their discussions on the “Role of Education in enhancing Wellbeing and Life Outcomes for Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families” with a presentation from England.

“Military-inclusive Higher Education in England: the current situation and future vision.”

In this presentation Dr Graham Cable and Professor Mike Almond will present on the current situation in England and their future vision for their home country. Unlike the other Nations in the United Kingdom there is no national ‘English’ government and the ‘UK’ minister responsible for this area is effectively solely the Secretary of State for education for England, with little or no ability to determine educational approaches in the rest of the UK. And that is before factoring in institutional independence

The presentation will provide an overview of the existing incentives and policies designed to encourage the UK Armed Forces’ community (Regular and Reserve serving, veterans and their families) to undertake ‘elective’ post-secondary education, the presentation will offer a concept for boosting and supporting these efforts. These ambitions are founded on US evidence that investment in these areas does not just benefit the individuals concerned, but the armed forces, the institutions that teach and employ them, and therefore the wider nation they belong to.

Presenters:  Dr Graham Cable
Research Fellow
Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Research Centre
Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research
Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Mike Almond
Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Research Centre
Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research
Anglia Ruskin University

Date:  Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Time:  New Zealand 9.00 am – 11.00 am
Australia 7.00 am Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane
The Netherlands 11.00 pm Amsterdam, Tuesday 29th of June 2021
The UK 10.00 pm London, Tuesday 29th of June 2021
Canada 5.00 pm Toronto, 2.00 pm Vancouver, Tuesday 29th of June 2021
The USA 5.00 pm New York, 2.00 pm Los Angeles, Tuesday 29th of June 2021

There will be a one hour presentation followed by a one hour interactive Q&A session that will allow participants to ask the presenters questions about points raised in the presentation or current issues on transition related to their work.


To participate in this Webinar with Dr Graham Cable & Professor Mike Almond Register at:


When you have registered you will receive information on how to access the webinar online.


Dr Graham Cable EdD MCIL MCMI

Dr Graham Cable is a Research Fellow in the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre based at the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research, Anglia Ruskin University, with a research and engagement focus on military-to-civilian transition and military-inclusive education.

Prior to his current position, Graham acted as a consultant in various NATO headquarters and at the NATO Communications and Information Academy, as well as in teaching and professional service roles in the higher education sector.

Graham’s previous military service took him to pan-Defence and NATO routine and operational roles and command appointments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also taught Spanish at The Open University (UK) and UK’s Defence School of Languages (now the Defence Centre for Languages and Culture at the UK Defence Academy), and managed British Army educational and training facilities and programmes in Germany and the UK.

Graham was appointed, by the UK Government’s Minister for Defence People and Veterans, to a three year appointment on the South East England Veterans Advsiory and Pensions Committee in 2020.


Mike Almond was appointed the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Research Centre Professor of Veterans and Families Studies in 2018, part of the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research at Anglia Ruskin University. The Centre provides a research-enabling and production facility that develops and strengthens links between the academic community, government organisations, statutory and voluntary service providers, the media and the public, including the whole Armed Forces Community.

Mike has a clinical research background with over 80 peer reviewed publications latterly concentrating on the psychology of and the psychiatric consequences of chronic disease, with particular emphasis on renal failure. In addition he has, as a Medical Reservist and with involvement with the Veterans Advisory Pensions Committee, a practical involvement with Veterans and their families. He also sits on the Essex County Council Civilian Military Partnership Board.

Mike has been a Reservist since 1977 and has three current reservist roles: SO1 Med Reserves, which is designed to support the policy, manning and deployment of the RAF Reserves medical component. Secondly as a Consultant at RAF Henlow in the Aviation Medical Clinical Service seeing aircrew with medical problems with the aim to keep them flying. Thirdly, supporting the RAF Aeromedical Service of TMW (Tactical Medical Wing) at RAF Brize Norton.

He has been mobilised five times, serving on operations in the Gulf, twice as an aeromedical evacuation officer and in Afghanistan as a physician in Camp Bastion. His most recent overseas deployment in 2018 was to South Sudan supporting the United Nations’ Mission. In 2020 he was briefly mobilised for Op RESCRIPT the UK’s international support to the Covid-19 crisis, repatriating UK nationals with Covid from overseas.


This series of real time education and information sharing webinars has been developed by ASCN an Australian and New Zealand Not For Profit organisation in collaboration with its partners in the each of the 5 Eyes Countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom).

In 2021 Open Door: Veteran Transition Integration Wellbeing Research Centre at Flinders University is partnering with ASCN to develop and present the webinar series.

The Webinars in the series are being presented by International Thought Leaders and Researchers from each of the 5 Eyes Countries and Robert Lippiatt from ASCN is the chair of the series.  Robert has had significant international experience chairing and facilitating Defence and Veterans Forums.

Each Webinar is intended to share key issues and insights on Military Veteran Transition and post service life gained through research and other ongoing work with military members, veterans and their families in the relevant country and to stimulate ongoing conversations and collaborations.

Watch out for information and registration instructions for further Webinars in the series in 2021.

If you require any additional information on these Webinars or would like to register your interest in participating in the rest of the Webinar series please contact Steve Shamy at the ASCN Secretariat at email ascn.nz@gmail.com.



ASCN (New Zealand) in conjunction with ASCN (Australia) form the Trans Tasman Australasian Services Care Network (ASCN).

This Not for profit Network acts as a neutral and independent hub for discussion and action by Government, Research, Service Providers and Advocacy on health and wellbeing questions and issues that impact military, veterans, public safety officers and their families in both countries.

It is committed to improving the life-long health and wellbeing of current and former members of the Defence Force (Regular and Reserve), Public Safety Organisations and their Families

Open Door

Open Door is an Australasian multi-disciplinary research and diffusion hub based at Flinders University that exists to undertake and disseminate research information to academics, practitioners and veterans interested in research and to contribute to evidence informed discussions on policy and service design and delivery to veterans. first responders and their families.

Its research is multidisciplinary, applied and theoretical and includes amongst other topics:
• key service provision challenges (claims, case work, crisis care)
• key policy challenges (including institutional abuse, veteran suicide or veterans in correction)
• social, cultural and historical research on Defence and Veterans Affairs legislation, policy and service provision
• clinical and cognitive psychological evidence and practice
• new approaches for veterans with transition challenges, traumatic stress injuries and moral injury.

Open Door‘s approach is based on the view that the best source of evidence on veteran issues are veterans. The Centre uses a co-design approach that draws upon the lived experiences of veterans and their families.

The Open Door team is made up of veteran researchers and policy experts drawn from a number of Universities across Australia and New Zealand. Its aim is to bring together the best minds and thinkers to conduct applied and blue-sky research that demonstrates what works for veterans in transition and across the life course.

Like ASCN. Open Door is committed to contributing to enhancing the Wellbeing of veterans. first responders and their families.