Adult Learner Summer School a success

Attendants of the Lifelong Learning Centre's eighth Adult Learning Summer School gave positive feedback about their introduction to higher education.


The Summer School took place this July, and saw 42 adults from communities across the city come to the University to find out about routes to higher education. Attendees took part in three days of subject tasters and explored some academic and critical thinking skills for university.  

The group heard some of the diverse learning journeys of our students, quizzed University staff about the costs and benefits of university and enjoyed a ‘campus bingo’ tour using iPads to capture their personal perspectives of the campus. 

Learners’ feedback focused on how the Summer School had changed some of their thinking, how much they valued the encouragement they received and its impact on their future aspirations. Comments included:  

  • “It opened my mind and raised lots of questions. Very thought provoking.” 
  • “I feel very motivated. I have had my questions answered and barriers have been removed.” 
  • “Will be telling multiple people in my community about uni and all the other ways to further your education.”

The Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) is very grateful to the volunteer learning champions who contributed to the Summer School, sharing their valuable insights into life as a mature university student. Twelve mature students helped the group to begin to see university as a realistic option and think through what progression to higher education might mean for them. The LLC is delighted with the success of this year’s Summer School and looks forward to running an equally positive event in 2017.

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