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Centre for Lifelong LearningAge-Friendly Academy


The Age-Friendly Academy (AFA) launched at the University of Strathclyde in 2017 as part of the University’s commitment to being a 5-95 university - a place where there is something for everyone, regardless of age or stage in life.

For Strathclyde, this underpins our founding principle of providing “a place of useful learning, open to all”. We have a unique, life-course approach to learning and opportunity and aim to offer something of interest to anyone, regardless of age.

Since its launch AFA has brought together activities already being delivered at the University, as well as developing new opportunities for collaboration, both internally and externally. 

An AFA Impact Report was created in 2021 to give an overview of achievements from the launch to the end of 2020, including the measures that were taken to adapt to COVID-19 and aspirations for life post-COVID.

Download your copy here: Age-Friendly Academy Impact Report 2017-2020

Positive Ageing

An Age-Friendly University in an Age-Friendly City

Strathclyde is part of a growing international network of over 50 Age-Friendly Universities, led by Dublin City University. As an Age-Friendly University in an Age-Friendly City, Strathclyde is committed to 10 principles that aim to enhance the lives of older adults through offering renowned learning opportunities, undertaking innovative research, intergenerational work, promoting career development and enterprise for older adults and forming partnerships to enhance community engagement.

We are proud to be demonstrating the role that Higher Education can play in responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with an ageing demographic.

Our Focus

The University of Strathclyde is committed to learning throughout and researching about the life course. The AFA brings together and showcases the growing provision and research taking place across the University whilst also providing a platform from which new partnerships can be made and new initiatives launched.

We have identified the following key areas as part of the Academy. The AFA is constantly evolving and we are keen to work on new collaborative partnerships both internally and externally. Read more on the links below to find out more and how you can get involved:


Age-Friendly Academy Impact Report 2017-2020

Research Spotlight

Join our AFA Volunteering Network