Reporter 427, 16 November 1998


Lifelong learners helped by two new institutes

Two new institutes are to be created as part of the University's strategic response to the widening participation and lifelong learning agenda, Senate has agreed.

Led by a new professorial appointment, an Institute for Lifelong Learning will focus on research into this rapidly-expanding field, together with graduate teaching and accreditation of teacher training in lifelong learning.

Substantial funding is being made available for the Institute, which will be linked to the School of Continuing Education (SCE). A leading provider of continuing education in the UK, the SCE will continue to direct accredited and non-accredited programmes, supported by a new funding formula and incentives to encourage wider involvement across departments.

An Institute for Corporate Learning, allied to the Business School, will be well placed to respond to new demands from employers and employees for flexible training partnerships through the development of 'corporate university' concepts.

The University will also be seeking to further develop regional and local initiatives through partnerships with FE colleges, Leeds City Council and the Yorkshire and Humberside Universities Association; and a new lifelong learning group will be chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Professor Chris Taylor.

Professor Taylor said: "We are seeking to develop a campus-wide access-orientated strategy which complements our existing practice and fits the academic mission of the University to provide high-quality, high-level education. This has not been an easy matter for us, but we cannot fail to engage with the key agendas of social inclusion and economic development."

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