[Press and Public Relations] Estelle Morris, Secretary of State for Education and Skills to Inaugurate University of Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning

January 2002

No 15

Report on Estelle Morris's Visit to Leicester [with pic]

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills will be visiting the University of Leicester for the inauguration of the Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning (LILL).

The Rt Hon Estelle Morris, MP, will be formally opening LILL on 17 January at the Richard Attenborough Centre, after a visit to the University’s Vaughan College where she will unveil a plaque to commemorate the College’s 140th anniversary.

Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris said: “I am pleased to be here in Leicester to help celebrate the University's strong commitment to lifelong learning. The importance of lifelong learning cannot be overstated. It is at the heart of the Government's ambition for the economy and society and it is great to see Leicester's leading institution taking such a lead in expanding educational opportunities for its local community.”

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Burgess, said:  “The Institute of Lifelong Learning demonstrates the ways in which a research and teaching university can help to widen participation in higher education. It was developed as a University-wide Institute so that lifelong learning permeates all aspects of the institution in a variety of different ways.

“It is essential that research led universities offer Foundation degrees, short courses and professional development as well as learning opportunities for a wide range of social groups.”

Director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning, Professor John Benyon, added: “We are delighted that Estelle Morris has agreed to visit the University of Leicester to officiate at the inauguration of the Institute of Lifelong Learning. This is a real boost for the University’s commitment to extend educational opportunities to the wider community and to people at all stages of their lives.”

The Institute runs a programme of continuing professional development, part-time degrees, diplomas and certificates, as well as offering traditional liberal adult education, day schools, study visits, counselling and psychotherapy courses. It is also a centre for social, cultural and artistic events.

While the Institute’s activities take place in a variety of venues across the region, its principal centres are:

• Vaughan College, Leicester, run by Director of Studies Dr Paul Poplawski, and College Manager   

   Diane May. The College is also used by partner organisations, including the WEA and TUC.

• Northampton Centre works closely with Northamptonshire County Council.

• Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester, which, under the directorship of Dr Eleanor Hartley, 

  supports and encourages the arts at all levels and has a special interest in promoting arts education

  for people with disabilities. It is located in an award-winning building and hosts a number of

  exhibitions and concerts throughout the year.

The Institute’s Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes have developed over the past twenty years and now include 500 students taking a range of courses from the Certificate in Counselling Studies to the Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychodynamic Counselling. A new professor in counselling is currently being appointed.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes are constantly expanding, in collaboration with employers, professional bodies and partners in the Further Education sector. Last year’s CPD activities involved a total of 19,890 enrolments.

Professor Benyon concluded: “The new Institute aims to be an inclusive body, offering people in the region the chance to broaden their learning opportunities, whether it be to follow new interests in retirement or to gain new professional qualifications in the pursuit of a career or profession. We hope Estelle Morris will gain a taste of what we offer and our new initiatives when she visits us on the 17th.” 

Note to editors: For further information please contact Ather Mirza, Director of Press and Public Relations. For more details on the 140th anniversary of Vaughan College, please see the recently issued University press release: ‘140th Anniversary – and stronger than ever’, No 02/06, available from the Press and Public Relations Office.


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