Page 19 - EGO Magazine September 2019
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uni // prifysgol                                                      uni // prifysgol




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 Lifelong Learning still


 going strong after 100


 years






 The new academic year marks a century since Aberystwyth University first
 set up a department to provide lifelong learning to the local community.
 Alison Pierse is one of the current tutors and here, she takes a look back at
 the history of the department as well as highlighting what it has to offer the
 next generation of students.




 he Department of   it came to education due to the family’s   history books, I found a gem written by
 Lifelong Learning has   straitened circumstances, but he was   Rev Morgan, describing the qualities of
 had many reincarnations.  given opportunities to excel at a later   extra-mural:  “It is comradeship between   needs; we can deliver learning flexibly   landmark birthday? We will be holding   and invite a friend from near or far to
 We’ve been known   age.   tutor and students. The tutor acts as   and engage students of all abilities.  a Festival of Learning on Wednesday 25   join the course. Many students travel
 as the Department of   The early extra mural classes were   a leader… this knowledge is extended   Today, Lifelong Learning reflects   September 2019, from 3pm- 7pm at the   to attend our classes, particularly our
 TExtra-Mural Studies,   ‘tutorial classes’, where the tutor   by pooling of experience and by the   contemporary interests and its aims are   Elystan Morgan Building, Llanbadarn   selection of weekend courses. There are
 Continuing Education, and Community   encouraged students to develop a broad   debating of opinions, ideas are clarified,   firmly focussed on the future.  We deliver  Campus.  The Festival offers free taster   plenty of places to stay in Aberystwyth
 University of Wales. For us though, the   and open-mind.  In 1919, there were   wits are sharpened, sympathies are   courses in Professional Development,   sessions in the humanities, science, art   - and if you’re lucky, you may also catch
 name doesn’t matter - it is what we do   3 tutors, 7 classes and 167 students.   broadened and friendships formed.’’   Art, Art History, Modern Languages,   and languages, and visitors can drop in to  one of our stunning sunsets at the end
 that counts. We change lives, we offer   This number grew quickly following   In my view, this still holds true   Ecology, Family History, Social Sciences   any session or stay for the full four hours.  of the day.
 friendship, we question, we problem   publication in Westminster of a Report   today.  Lifelong Learning creates a   and Humanities which are often accessed   There will also be many new courses,
 solve, we facilitate well-being; and that   on Adult Education, arguing that the   secure learning environment, fulfils   by students keen on professional   intensive schools and lots of five-credit
 is what drives us as tutors. Our reward   continuing education of adults was of   aspirations and nurtures individuals.   development.   courses for you to dip your toe in the
 is changing viewpoints, and watching   vital importance to the nation’s welfare   It fosters students who may be seeking   With the benefit of our new learning   water and sample our style of learning.    Follow us on Instagram for
 students blossom and thrive.  and security.    the knowledge and new skills to change   environment and high tech resources at   We also share our centenary   new updates and details of new
 During the 2019-20 academic year, we   Rev Morgan retired in 1940, leaving   direction for their career, recover from   our campus, we are now able to deliver a   with women’s suffrage and will be   courses: aberystwyth.lifelong.
 are celebrating and giving thanks to the   a department on successful and secure   crisis or integrate within the community.   richer learning and teaching experience   contributing to International Women’s   learning
 University for appointing the Reverend   footing.  Because of his legacy and that   Our students all have one thing in   to celebrate our 100th year.   Day 2020.  Do you fancy joining us in
 Herbert Morgan in 1920 as Director of   of other directors who followed him,   common - they are hungry to learn.   And we don’t just deliver courses in   a women’s ‘Voices in Stitches’ project   See the University’s history as a
 the first Department of Extra Mural   thousands of students have received   And the common thread that links   Aberystwyth – we currently offer classes   or contributing to a trade union-style   timeline at: www.aber.ac.uk/en/
 Studies in Wales.  Born in the Welsh   tuition and life-changing experiences.   all directors and tutors is the great   in five Welsh counties.  banner for display?   about-us/history
 valleys, Morgan had a poor start when   Trawling back through the University   understanding of our students’ individual   So how are we celebrating this   Join one of our short intensive courses




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