the University of Leicester celebrates its 80th anniversary this academic year,
Vaughan College, part of the University's recently established Leicester
Institute of Lifelong Learning, is commemorating an even older anniversary.
was 140 years ago, in 1862, that Canon David James Vaughan and his wife Margaret
founded the Leicester Working Men's Institute, which, named Vaughan College,
grew, moving twice into more spacious accommodation, until in 1962 it moved to
its current site, overlooking the Roman remains of the Jewry Wall.
College, designed by architect Trevor Dannett, is now a listed building, a
tribute to its light and spacious working environment.
August 2000 the Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning (LILL) was set up under
the directorship of Professor John Benyon. Its aim is to encourage and facilitate the University's departments
and centres to develop their own programmes of lifelong learning, harnessing the
with the other centres which form part of LILL – Northampton Centre, the
Richard Attenborough Centre, the Counselling Programme and Continuing
Professional Development - Vaughan College continues to expand, not just in
terms of student numbers but also by the scope of
by Director of Studies, Dr Paul Poplawski, and the College Manager Diane May, it
offers a full programme of courses for adults, many of which are credit bearing.
The part-time BA (Hons) in Humanities is taught at Vaughan College.
Leicester location for LILL's acclaimed counselling and psychotherapy programme,
Vaughan College is also used by partner organisations, including the WEA and TUC
and hosts various arts, social and cultural events.
clerical and academic staff at the college understand the dedication required by
part-time students who pursue their studies while looking after a family and
often running a full-time career, and their support is often acknowledged to be
a vital ingredient leading to students' success.
A recent graduate from Vaughan College Guy Sumpter said: 'The importance attached to lifelong learning has recently increased dramatically. The University of Leicester anticipated this trend, having for many years provided education for mature students. There is a wide variety of courses available. Staff are friendly, approachable and helpful and the atmosphere at Vaughan College is welcoming and ideal for those considering higher education for the first time
have thoroughly enjoyed my years of study and would strongly recommend the
University's lifelong learning courses to anyone.'
Sumpter first studied for a Certificate in Architectural History at the
University's Northampton Centre before enrolling on the BA in Humanities at
Vaughan College. He graduated in July
2001 with a First Class Honours Degree and now teaches on the course.
tribute to Vaughan College in its anniversary year, Director of Studies, Dr Paul
Poplawski, who took up his post only in September of last year, said: "I
feel very privileged to be part of such a venerable centre of adult education as
has quickly become clear to me how important the institution has been in
expanding and developing educational opportunities for the people of Leicester
and what a significant impact it has had on so many people's lives here.
Although the concept of 'lifelong learning' is fairly recent, one could
say that Vaughan College has actually been practising it for 140 years already.
The College's long tradition of adult education, and the depth of
experience and expertise that go with it, provide us with a tremendous basis on
which to build for the future, and I am looking forward to expanding our
portfolio of courses and widening participation within local communities even
highlights of the Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning include:
to editors: Further information on
Vaughan College can be obtained from Diane May or Paul Poplawski on 0116
2517368. Information on Leicester
Institute of Lifelong Learning is available from Professor John Benyon or Sue
Handley, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 5914/10, email email@example.com
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