Colleges–University of Leicester Network (CULN)
CULN was set up in 2001 by the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester.
What does CULN do?
- Fosters a cooperative relationship between its members, promoting greater collaboration, particularly in terms of widening access to higher education.
- Provides a network for sharing information about lifelong learning and other opportunities, enabling staff to work together in their respective fields.
- Creates further links with businesses and local communities, in order to promote fair access and progression to HE and FE, and assists in developing a regional lifelong learning network.
How does CULN work?
The network has a two-tier structure:
- A strategic committee debates policy and oversees the activities of the CULN working groups and projects
- An operational tier of working groups of FE and HE practitioners discuss and plan CULN activities
CULN currently supports 12 working groups, including curriculum-specific groups, (such as Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology and English), and more cross-cutting groups, (such as Librarians/IT, Employability and International Students).
The network provides flexible mechanisms to enable FE and HE institutions in the region to collaborate on a variety of matters of common interest, such as qualifications, student activities, progression, research and staff CPD. For information about forthcoming meetings and events, please click here: Meetings and Events
The network develops by responding to changing needs and priorities so that working groups are formed and dissolved as required.