Report on Estelle Morris's Visit to Leicester [with pic]
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).
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
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.”
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
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.”
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.”
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
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
supports and encourages the arts at all levels and has a special interest
in promoting arts education
people with disabilities. It is located in an award-winning building and hosts a
and concerts throughout the year.
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
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
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
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
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