Aim Higher: Older Learners and HE

Friday 1 October 2004, Leicester

There has been a lot of publicity this year concerning the upper age limit to HE student loans. This has allowed many political spokespeople to talk positively of the contribution older people can and do make to society and how access to full time study in Universities could enhance that role.

However the debate about the place of older people in our Universities is not restricted to discussions around financial discrimination. In recent years older people have been the subject of a large ESRC funded research programme into 'Growing Old'. As well as being the focus of research they have also been active as researchers themselves. And of course the Open University has always attracted and valued older students.

So, in a climate of higher education described by NIACE as an "18 - 30 club" where do mature people fit? How do universities help bridge the policy - practice - research divide with respect to older people and education?

This event organised jointly with the Universities Association for Continuing Education (UACE) and the Association for Education and Ageing (AEA) will examine current and recent examples of older people's engagement with higher education in the United Kingdom and consider what are the policy issues emerging.


Policy makers, researchers and practitioners in HE, education policy makers and funders, continuing education bodies, older people, older learners, older people's organisations and students' unions.

For a copy of programme and application form, look up: