Life Long Learning in London

Join us for the next in our series of conferences and focus groups, on best practice and how to engage more older people into life long learning  

Wed 23 May 2018, 10:30

336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA

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Expert speakers will be talking about life long learning and older people, including experiences of the U3A, over 60s wishing to become post graduates, training and educational opportunities for both employed, unemployed and retired older people.



Time Topic Speaker


10.30 Arrival and Registration
11.00 Introduction and overview of older people and Life Long Learning Chris Walsh – Chair of PAiL and Age Platform (UK Branch)
11.15 Life Long Learning – the changing perspective of older people and the differences in lifestyle choice Prof. Alex Murdock

Emeritus Professor,

London South Bank University

11.45 Life Long Learning – the Future of Adult Education Ian Tucknott- Head of School of Humanities & Sciences, London City Lit Centre for Adult Learning


Curiosity and Later Life Challenges – the Ransacker Experience


Hilary Farnworth





Learning for Ageing Well


Eleanor van den Heuvel

Brunel University – Ageing Studies and Dementia

13.00 Lunch and Networking


‘Active Minds – Still Learning’ Why we’re setting up a campaign


John Miles

Association of Education and Ageing





Focus groups on key issues, concerns and recommendations relating to LLL and older people




Tea/Coffee Break
15.30 Finish


Our thanks go to the Big Lottery Awards for All grant, for making this event possible.

Speaker bios

John Miles is a social gerontologist and community development worker with older people based in London. He is a founder-member of Conversation into Action, co-chair of MRS Independent Living in Hackney and research associate with Kilburn Older Voices Exchange, on whose behalf he chairs the Camden Intergenerational Network.

Professor Emeritus Alex Murdock  Fellow, Centre for Organisational Research and Design, Arizona State University, USA Visiting Professor, Institute for Public Management, Potsdam University, Germany Associate member , MAPS (Monde Anglophone: Politiques et Sociétés) Research Group at Sorbonne, Paris Head of Centre of Government and Charity Management and member of Confucius Institute London South Bank University. His current research is in Social Innovation in responding to food insecurity and ageing. He is a published researcher (6 books and numerous papers/book chapters), and has extensive professional knowledge and governance experience across both charity and public/not for profit sectors, and national boundaries, providing organisational consultancy in the third sector.

Hilary Farnworth had a 30 year career where education and training were the underlying themes.  She is on her 6thcareer building up a rack of volunteer work, mainly involved with education.  Hilary is Vice chair of Ransackers Association, which promotes education and serious study for people over 55. The pioneering Ransacker courses ran 2004-13, allowing people who had missed out on HE in their youth to go back to college, and to choose their own special project subject. Since the 40% cuts in adult education forced colleges to end these courses, Ransackers has run a research project into the experiences of older people who took up study in later life.  2003-2013 Hilary ran projects for older women who were starting micro businesses, at London Metropolitan University; 500 women took part in training Hilary now also mentors for Princes Trust, supporting young people who are planning to start businesses.

Eleanor van den Heuvelis a researcher at Brunel University, London with many years’ experience of working in a multidisciplinary research institute. Eleanor has attracted research funds from Action research, EU framework 5, ESRC, NIHR, CHIR and EPSRC. She has experience of leading large multidisciplinary teams and proven ability in project management. She was recently UK lead on a large international project, Dare to Age Well, which investigated a constructivist-learning-based educational intervention for older women with untreated urinary incontinence.  Eleanor continues to be interested in what helps people to enjoy and value their later years and is currently investigating what helps people from Black and ethnic minorities to live well in the face of memory problems.

Ian Tucknottis the Head of School of Humanities & Sciences at London’s City Lit centre for adult learning, and teaches in the areas of art history, cultural studies, philosophy and art.  As an active poet and artist his interests lie in the role of creativity and critical thinking in education, work and society, and the collaborative and transformative potential of active learning.

City Lit is Europe’s leading adult education college.  We are unique and have a proud history of enriching people’s lives through learning.  We have developed a tradition of embracing the diversity of London and look to cater for the needs of everyone, whatever their background, whatever their ambition.  We provide the environment of excellent tutors, high quality course content and engaged fellow students.  Our learners leave us feeling reinvigorated, part of a strong community with a greater sense of balance and wellbeing.


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  3. Angela Baptiste

    I also sent this message to Irene via evenbrite,
    Just wanted to say well done to everyone involved in putting another meeting together, and especially the one next Friday. I am always willing to help out if you need any extra help – just let me know?
    Best wishes


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