New opportunities for adult learners at Strathclyde

Adult learners are being offered the chance to study alongside undergraduate students at the University of Strathclyde.

Places are being made available on Strathclyde’s courses in English Literature, Social Policy and Psychology from 16 September.

Up to 20 adult learners will be able to join each of the courses, which will offer them a taste of the studying experience. They will not have to sit exams, although studying for credit is an option, and there are no entry requirements for them taking part in the classes.

English Literature and Social Policy have been added to the programme after a successful two-year pilot in Psychology classes. There are plans to include other subjects across Strathclyde in future years.

The programme, The Open Campus, is a collaboration between Strathclyde’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) and Schools in the University’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS).

CLL Head Alix McDonald said: “Strathclyde is an age-friendly, socially-progressive university which is open to all, regardless of age or stage in life. The intergenerational learning we are offering through the Open Campus is a key part of this.

“We have identified subjects for the programme which have broad public appeal and CLL students have told us that these are among the subjects they like.

“Although these are not access courses and don’t offer a direct route into university, they can give people an experience of learning and are each worth 30 academic credits. They are also opening up the curriculum to people who have a love of learning and would like to find out more about these subjects.”

A previous Psychology course participant said: “I thoroughly recommend this course – it was both informative and interesting and it was great to learn alongside younger students. It made me feel young again myself!”

The courses for adult learners typically consist of two one-hour lectures per week, along with a weekly seminar, except in Psychology, which is purely lecture-based with occasional labs.

The fee for 2019-20 is £420 per course, with reduced rates available for those on lower incomes. See details.

Strathclyde is an age-friendly university, committed to the concept of positive aging, by offering learning opportunities throughout the course of life. As part of this, CLL leads on the Age Friendly Academy, which combines the University’s provision of learning for people in later life with its extensive research in gerontology – the study of old age and older people – and other themes, such as health and wellbeing. See further details .