The students widening participation forgot? Continuing Education and community engagement
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The Centre for Lifelong Learning’s programme of Continuing Education short courses, lectures and workshops are effective in attracting students from a range of backgrounds and including them within ...

The Centre for Lifelong Learning’s programme of Continuing Education short courses, lectures and workshops are effective in attracting students from a range of backgrounds and including them within the University. Many of these individuals have a record of educational achievement; others have not.

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The students widening participation forgot? Continuing Education and community engagement The students widening participation forgot? Continuing Education and community engagement Presentation Transcript

  • The Students Widening Participation Forgot?Continuing Education and Community Engagement Claire Jones Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • “Elite universities fail to recruitpoorest students’ ”(published 4 June 2012)
  • • Share what Continuing Education is doing• Describe some partnership initiatives• Explore Continuing Education’s WP potential• Reflections and questions
  • ‘Then I would have a reality check, of course I wouldn’t enrol.How could I. These kinds of courses weren’t meant for me…..’‘I hadleft school at 16 with a few GCSEs … I hadn’t studied forover 20 years. I was too old. So how could I return to learning?What if I made a fool of myself? What if I couldn’t do it?’‘At first I didn’t feel confident enough to complete assignments,but with the gentle encouragement of the lecturers I decided toput my knowledge to the test.’‘Soon I found I was study 2 modules a week, one in Liverpooland one at Formby, Ormskirk or Southport. I suddnely foundthat I had obtained 120 credits and wanted to take thingsfurther’
  • Continuing Education: Reflections and Questions:•Non-school focused widening participation as well ascommunity engagement•Non-threatening first step to a degree programme•Sometimes a substitute for a higher education deniedearlier in life•Real benefits to individuals, their families andcommunities.•Mature, life-experienced people from a non-privileged background a great recruitment pool