University of Leicester to unify lifelong learning provision on campus

Posted by pt91 at Jul 04, 2013 02:01 PM |
Adult education provision to transfer from Vaughan College, St Nicholas Circle, to heart of the University

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 July 2013

The University of Leicester has today announced it will transfer all adult education & lifelong learning provision from the current Vaughan College site in the city centre to its main campus.

This will mean Vaughan College education will move to the heart of the University community and the building housing its current activities in the city centre will cease to be a University teaching centre.

The move to bring all teaching and research onto the University campus is in keeping with the University’s strategy to enhance educational provision for all students regardless of their learning mode i.e. full time, part-time, distance learning.

All adult education provision at the University is offered through the Institute of Lifelong Learning.  This provision is currently split between the University’s Vaughan College site in the City Centre and the University campus.

Under the new plans to be implemented from the start of the academic year in September, adult education provision will be unified with other lifelong learning provision at the University.  This will allow students easier access to the award-winning Students’ Union, Library facilities as well as other campus amenities.

Teaching at the current city centre site will therefore cease and the future of the Listed premises, which is adjacent to the Jewry Wall, will be discussed with other interested parties.

Professor Mark Thompson, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: “The University of Leicester is continuing to support adult education and this move will allow us to allocate scarce resource to strengthening our offer.

“The transfer, from the beginning of September, will bring lifelong learning into the heart of the University community.  The relocation is important as the current building housing the teaching is no longer fit for purpose and we feel that the best way of dealing with this matter is to integrate the work at Vaughan into the main University site.  The facilities will be improved, students will have access to the main University Library, to the Students’ Union, to state-of-the-art catering facilities and to all elements of the student experience that current students enjoy.

“It is absolutely essential that those students following part-time degrees, certificate and non-certificate courses are given the same opportunities as our other students.  They will be located in particular buildings on our campus and taught by those people who have worked at Vaughan across the years.  The University will retain the Vaughan name in its lifelong learning provision.

“We have met with staff and tutors and are in the process of meeting with other interested groups who use the current facilities. While we understand that it can be unsettling to move from a familiar location, it is important to note that this is not the first time Vaughan College has moved, and that the University has affirmed its commitment to keeping alive the Vaughan concept of adult education and lifelong learning.  Moreover, in an era of uncertainty in higher education due to government cuts in funding, many universities have either closed or ceased adult education provision altogether.  The University of Leicester, on the other hand, is continuing to support adult education and lifelong learning and this change of location is an important element in our ability to continue to do this.

“The University has been associated with adult education for over 80 years – long may that continue.”

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More information available at http://www2.le.ac.uk/staff/announcements/microsites/relocation-of-vaughan-college-teaching

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