The benefits of adult learning

By Mark Malcomson CBE, Principal and CEO at City Lit At City Lit, our guiding philosophy has not changed since our foundation nearly a century ago: we believe all Londoners should have a right to learn and improve. Tens of thousands of Londoners of varying ages, backgrounds and ability levels study with us each year,…

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Festival of Learning is needed now as much as ever

Adult Learners’ Week is built upon two simple propositions – first, that celebrating adult learners in all their diversity will encourage others to join in. And second, politicians and decision makers will better recognise that adult learning has a positive contribution to make across the range of social policy through the stories of outstanding adult…

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Adult learning helped me change the lives of others

My name is Amy King and I won Young Adult Learner of the Year in 2014. I was nominated by my college London and South-East Colleges (LSEC), formerly known as Bromley College. I studied with them for my A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 2011-2013. My life has completely changed since winning Young Adult…

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Community learning plays an integral role

The Foundation of Light, established in 2001, is the registered charity of Sunderland Association Football Club. It runs programmes across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham working with a range of schools and academies. One of the Foundation’s flagship programmes is the award-winning adult and community learning programme, Family Learning. The Family Learning team are…

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From addiction to academia; why we need further education

Why we need further education By Safeera Sarjoo at Hotcourses As far as interviews go, it’s not every day you come across compelling stories that leave you in a reflective state. You can tell when you’re faced with raw honesty and Lee Hughes was an open book, allowing me to delve into his journey and…

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Five Reasons to get involved with Festival of Learning’s ‘Have a Go’ Month

Every year we encourage organisations to hold free taster sessions and learning activities for adults to discover the benefits of learning and to inspire them to take their first steps into education since school. Here’s our top five reasons why your organisation should get involved in 2017. 1. Inspire more adults to get into learning    At…

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L&W has helped me see where I want my future to go

by Natalie Wilson I applied for my internship through the Graduate Champions scheme at De Montfort University (DMU) that helps find graduates paid experience related to their undergraduate study. When I was matched with Learning and Work Institute (L&W) I could not believe just how perfect the fit was; I felt instantly passionate about the…

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The best thing about interning is the opportunity to learn from professionals

by Declan Shepherd Learning, for me, is not about the qualification or certificate achieved but the skills and experiences I gain along the way. In an effort to support employment success, De Montfort University’s Graduate Champion scheme provides a six-week internship to implement the skills and knowledge gained from a degree in the real working world….

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Being bold doesn’t take as much effort as you think

by Jami Blythe I have to admit – feminism scares me. So, when I was asked to write this blog I went to open my underwear drawer to light a match to my best bra and then paused.  Reconsidering, I asked myself – is International Womens Day actually about us throwing ourselves in front of horses for…

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It all starts with that first step

by Lesley Reece It’s hard to believe but when I look at myself today I can hardly recognise the woman I have become. Only two years ago I suffered from agoraphobia and had not left my home alone in over four years. In the last two years I have defiantly been making up for lost…

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