For more than 30 years the Centre for Lifelong Learning has been a centre of expertise in the education of lifelong learners in different contexts, with a focus on enabling adult learners to achieve their personal and professional goals by accessing a Warwick education, irrespective of background.
- enable all adult learners to achieve their personal and professional goals, from those taking their first steps back into education through to those seeking to extend and develop their professional skills and knowledge
- provide an outstanding student experience, centred around innovative and flexible pedagogies, enabling learners to fulfil their potential
- undertake theoretically robust, methodologically rigorous, innovative research that has an impact on academic discourse, policy, professional practice, the student experience and the lives of those communities and users with which we engage
- act as a focal point for external links and networks with local, regional, national and international organisations with an interest in lifelong learning and for engagement with local communities, particularly those with low rates of participation in HE
Our programmes have provided a first taste of higher level study to tens of thousands of students, many of whom have continued onto further study at Warwick or elsewhere. Our new innovative Gateway programmes demonstrate further our commitment to be at the forefront of efforts to widen participation in higher education for local adult learners, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The work of CLL contributes to the widening participation agenda in less direct ways too. For example, our extensive teacher training programme ‘trains the trainers’ in colleges, community organisations and work-based settings, and its diplomas for those involved in the delivery of adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL courses have attracted national recognition.
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