University of Leicester Celebrates Local Achievement

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The University of Leicester is to celebrate the achievement of local people at a Certificate Graduation evening on Thursday 21 February.

Up to 250 people are expected at the Fraser Noble Hall in London Road for the 2008 ceremony where certificates will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess.

Ross Wilmott, Leader of Leicester City Council, will be the guest speaker at the event organised by the University’s Institute of Lifelong Learning.

‘This is a very important occasion for the students and their families and also for the University of Leicester’, said Ms Jackie Dunne, Director of Lifelong Learning. ‘We all know how hard the students have studied on a part-time basis over two years to pass their certificates. We are delighted that Ross Wilmott will be present to represent the City.

‘The University of Leicester has a long tradition of providing a wide range of adult education courses and this has been expanded into a diverse, high-quality, programme of lifelong learning.’

The Institute has an expanding programme of continuing professional development, part-time degrees, diplomas and certificates, traditional liberal adult education, day schools and study visits, and social, cultural and artistic events, as well as a large and growing programme of courses in counselling and psychotherapy.

It has students at every level of study, from taster courses and access provision through to Master’s and PhDs, with nearly 3,500 enrolments each year. In addition, over 4,500 people attend events, workshops and other activities organised within the Institute.

The University’s lifelong learning activities take place in a variety of places, in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire and sometimes further afield. A number of students will be travelling up from Northampton for the ceremony. The University’s Northampton Centre offers a number of certificates and shorter courses and also the rapidly growing counselling and psychotherapy programme.

Vaughan College offers a large number of certificate and other courses in a wide variety of subjects including practical ecology and wildlife conservation, psychology, archaeology, creative writing, management studies, advice work, wild and garden plants, modern social history and contemporary world issues.

Some of the students coming up to receive their certificates have studied at the University’s Richard Attenborough Centre, which is another part of the Institute of Lifelong Learning. The Centre offers a variety of courses in visual art, drama and dance, poetry and art history.

Professor John Benyon, from the Institute of Lifelong Learning, said: ‘We are very proud of the contribution the University of Leicester makes to the City and to the wider region. Lifelong learning is ever more important in our rapidly changing world. It enables people to upgrade their skills and to increase their understanding of social, economic and political change.

‘Lifelong learning also assists people to enrich their lives and to become more active in their communities. For example, it promotes participation and citizenship, strengthens neighbourhood activities, and develops social capital. Joining one of the University’s lifelong learning courses can help people to fulfil their potential and to develop new ways of seeing, and taking part in, the world. Learning helps to promote greater tolerance and understanding and equal opportunities.’

Many of the students receiving their awards on 21 February want to continue with their studies and go on to take the part-time BA (Hons) in Humanities which is run at Vaughan College.

Source: By University Of Leicester

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