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Age-Friendly University Global Network 

The University of Strathclyde has been proud to be one of the founding members of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network since 2012.

The AFU Global Network aims to foster intergenerational exchange and enable the exploration of Age-Friendly initiatives within educational institutions. The Network supports members to cultivate new innovative practices in teaching, research, and community engagement and gives them a unique opportunity to become part of a global expertise base in the field of aging.

By engaging with the Ten Principles of the Age-Friendly University, members can become united in their activities related to aging and can facilitate exciting new global collaborations.

In 2023 Arizona State University (ASU), one of the original founding partners alongside the University of Strathclyde and Dublin City University, took on the leadership of the AFU, building upon the incredible legacy created by Dublin City University over the last 11 years.

The University of Strathclyde is the Vice-Chair of the Secretariat and will now lead on recruiting more members in the UK and across Europe as well as working with ASU to facilitate communication between members and monitor implementation of the AFUs policies and programs.

Look out for the brand new Age-Friendly University Global Network website coming soon……..

Strathclyde's Focus

The University of Strathclyde is committed to learning throughout, and researching about, the life course.

In 2017 we launched The Age-Friendly Academy (AFA) to underpin 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 or stage in life.

The AFA showcases our commitment to being a ‘5 – 95’ University and demonstrates our lifelong learning opportunities, innovative research, intergenerational work, upskilling and CPD opportunities, and community engagement.

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

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:


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