Issue date: 08 May 2002
Adult Learners Week – 11 to 17 May
The University of the West of England is a significant provider of education to adult learners in the South West. Of the total 23,000 plus students studying at UWE more than 10,000 are aged 21 or over and of these almost half are over 30.
UWE is committed to encouraging the ethos of lifelong learning and recognition is given to the importance of introducing flexible learning options that enable people with work and childcare responsibilities to gain qualifications.
Case study one:
Stephen Allan – age 47
Currently studying towards PGCE and in the longer term aims to work towards a PhD
Case Study two:
Amanda Allen age 37
Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England
Foundation course: Built and Natural Environment, Construction Management
Full case study details available from Jayne.Andrews@uwe.ac.uk
Adult Learners’ week is a national celebration of learning, with a record number learning events taking place across the country.
Diane Stone, who is coordinating the event for UWE says, “The aim of the week is to provide people with the chance to try something new. We hope the incredible range of adult learning opportunities in the county will lead to more people choosing to take part in education and perhaps encourage them to become more involved in local community initiatives.”
On Monday 13 May the Bristol and South Gloucestershire Outstanding Learners Reception will take place at the British Aerospace Welfare Association (BAWA), Southmead Road, Filton. Nominated learners who, through their learning have improved their own lives and the lives of others, receive a certificate of achievement to mark the occasion.
Diane says there is something for everyone in Adult Learners week, “Learning events will be going on across the area including Arts and Crafts, Local History, Indian Head Massage, Garden design and the annual “Have a go” event in the Galleries (Broadmead). There is also the opportunity to get to grips with the latest information technology at a variety of locations including local libraries and some Community Centres.”
Information and Advice on the vast range of local learning opportunities will be on hand at all events and at easily accessible venues across the area. Following Adult Learners’ Week, a host of other learning events are being organised by the West of England Learning and Skills Council as part of their Bite Size campaign.
To find out more look out for the Celebration of Learning leaflet in a variety of public outlets including your local library, community centre, supermarket or Doctors surgery, or contact Diane Stone on 0117 3442792.
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