lifelong learning leader
The University’s new centre for lifelong
learning has appointed Dr Stella Cottrell as its new leader.
Having come from an inner-city background, and with a wealth
of experience in widening participation and lifelong learning,
Dr Cottrell brings a strong degree of understanding to the
role and a commitment to achieving high standards of adult
Dr Cottrell joins the University from the Adult Learning Inspectorate
in York – a non-departmental public body – where
she is leading inspections into the quality of education and
training across a vast range of colleges, work-based learning,
adult and community learning and learndirect.
Her impressive career began at the University of East London
where she developed teaching and learning materials with a
particular focus on the education of mature students. Dr Cottrell’s
work as director of lifelong learning at the University of
Luton and at the worker’s education association has
given her a valuable overview of adult learning. Along the
way, she has studied for four degrees (1).
“Dr Cottrell has the vision and breadth of experience
to turn our aspirations for this new centre into reality,”
said University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur.
“The centre has already made some really strong appointments
and, with Dr Cottrell’s arrival, is now equipped to
face future challenges with confidence and enthusiasm.”
The new leader is very excited by the opportunities and challenges
ahead of her. “I am delighted by this new post,”
Dr Cottrell said. “The lifelong learning centre will
provide an excellent opportunity for the University of Leeds
to make a real difference to the lives of individuals and
communities. This is absolutely the right time for the University
to be looking at its social inclusion agenda, and to build
on its current innovatory work with adult learners.”
The centre for lifelong learning, which opens on August 1,
will provide specialist support for learners new to higher
education, those who need to study part-time and other students
who could benefit from specialist pathways into higher education.
Lifelong learners will be offered a wide range of programmes
and pathways. The centre replaces the University’s school
of continuing education and office for part time education.
Dr Cottrell and her new colleagues will develop part-time
programmes for those returning to learning and promote open
study arrangements to give potential lifelong learners an
insight into student life. She will start work at the University
in October 2005.
Notes for editors
1. Dr Cottrell completed her BA and PhD in history at the
University of Oxford, a PGCE in English and media also at
Oxford and a BSc in psychology at the Open University.
2. A review of the University’s school of continuing
education and office of part time education set out a new
vision and strategy for lifelong learning at Leeds. It recommended
in March 2005 that a new centre should be established to achieve
this vision. For more information on the new lifelong learning
centre see http://reporter.leeds.ac.uk/press_releases/current/lifelong_learning.htm.
3. For more information on contact publicity officer Claire
Jones on 0113 3436699, email firstname.lastname@example.org.