Cities of Learning in the UK

Cities of Learning (CofL) is a new place-based approach to enhancing lifelong learning through digitally connecting individuals to learning, employment and civic opportunities within a defined locality.

It was first established in the US – and has been introduced to the UK by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a digital credentialing organisation called Digitalme.

UK WEA’s New Year, New Course, New Me campaign

New Me Campaign, WEA UK

The UK WEA is kicking off 2019 with this campaign – encouraging people to go to a course in their local community as a way with coping with a rising tide of loneliness.

Loneliness is a major public health issue in most western countries.

WEA CE Ruth Spellman says that in the UK it is reported that more than 9 million people in the UK across all adult ages are either always or often lonely, and around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month.

June is Have a Go Month in the UK

In the UK Adult Learners’ Week is now called a Festival of Learning. They call it Have a Go Month. The Learning and Work Institute and campaign partner Hotcourses UK (the UK’s number one online course search) are now calling on businesses, education providers and learning organisations to get involved with their Festival of Learning 2018.

Hotcourses UK is hosting a calendar of events for all organisations to use to promote their taster sessions, open days, lectures and other learning activities.