Learning, Personal Development and Volunteering

From the Children's University at one end of the age spectrum to the largest programme of university-based learning opportunities in the UK aimed at those over 50 at the other, discover more about the opportunities for learning that Strathclyde provides, as well as opportunities for personal development and volunteering.

The Children’s Library Club

The Children’s Library Club runs 3 times a year in Strathclyde’s Andersonian Library. The club, which is now coming into its fifth year, is run by students from the School of Education to give children a taste of University life.

The club runs for an hour a week for 4 weeks, for children in P3-P7. Children use the books available in the library to carry out research into a chosen topic. During their sessions the children share the library with other Strathclyde undergraduate and postgraduate students, studying and researching in just the same way that they are. At the end of the 4 weeks, the children present what they have found out about the chosen topic to their parents in the library and are presented with a certificate.

Schools Outreach Programmes

The Faculty of Engineering are committed to encouraging school pupils to consider a career in engineering, and offer a wide range of activities that allow them to experience what it's like to study at Strathclyde and to open their eyes to the multitude of career paths on offer. The wide range of projects offered include:

In addition, the Faculty of Engineering has established The Engineering Academy to increase widening access participation by delivering various pathways to a range of engineering degrees. The Engineering Academy is a pioneering programme that offers an alternative route into university and employment as a Strathclyde student. The first year is an enhanced HNC programme with direct transfer into second year of an engineering degree. The Academy is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, partner colleges and the engineering industry.  



The Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is renowned locally and internationally in educational gerontology and providing learning for older adults. With the largest programme of university-based learning opportunities aimed at those over 50 in Europe, we aim to meet the increasingly diverse learning needs of older people. Through the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Strathclyde, over 2500 adult learners take a range of classes each year and our programmes are constantly evolving to cater for the interests of this demographic.

Our current programmes can be viewed below; 


At the University of Strathclyde we offer a range of modules which are designed to provide more agile support for both employers and employees to upskill and reskill, increasing provision of in-work learning using flexible models of delivery. You can read more about the range of short and flexible modules developed across disciplines via Upskilling@Strathclyde.

Within the Centre for Lifelong Learning new courses on 'Transferable Skills for Work' have been developed to support adults who may be looking to re-enter the workforce, are facing redundancy or are considering a career change and are keen to develop their transferable skills.


As part of the Age-Friendly Academy activity we often seek volunteers, typically aged 50+, to take part in a range of University-wide volunteering opportunities or research activities. 

Read more about our volunteering opportunities


There are many ways to get support, get involved and build new social networks within the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the wider University:

  • The Learning in Later Life 3 Ls Student Association was established in 1988 and currently has over 1000 members who have benefitted from classes run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning. Membership of the 3Ls provides a range of benefits, including eligibility to join 3Ls Clubs, attend social events and lunchtime talks, a regular newsletter and benefit from advance mailing and priority booking for the CLL Daytime Programme. A programme of social outings is organised for members, including buildings of historical, architectural and cultural interestYou can join the 3 Ls Student Association here.
  • At the CLL we have a loyal group of Student Ambassadors who promote and raise awareness  of the diverse range of courses and opportunities at CLL to a wide range of organisations, clubs and societies within the wider community. If you are current or former CLL student and are interested in becoming an ambassador, or if your group or organisation would be interested in hearing a talk from one of our ambassadors, please contact Gemma.Gilliland@strath.ac.uk.
  • The Mature Students' Association (MSA) is a representative group which aims to cater to the large number of mature students who study at Strathclyde to allow them to meet other mature students and socialise. The MSA gets involved in representing the issues which affect mature students and ensures that these issues are recognised both locally and nationally for the student population. Visit the Mature Students Association website for more information.