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Lifelong Learning

Our approach

Our mission is to provide a distinctive educational offer to the general public that reflects our strengths as a research intensive University.

Whether you are looking to study for personal enjoyment, develop your career or wish to take the next step towards higher education, Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton provides a varied programme of evening and weekend courses and events for the wider community.

Community engagement

A fundamental aim of Lifelong Learning is to increase public engagement and build closer links between the University and the wider community in Southampton, Hampshire and the South of England. The importance of public engagement to the University has been demonstrated through formal links with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The Lifelong Learning programme provides access to the research expertise at the University through accessible teaching.

Student stories

Sarah Schwarz

I started off doing a course on cave art, must have been around early 2009. I had been to an open day, just for fun, and it was while making clay pots with Elaine from the archaeology department that she told me about LLL and encouraged me to sign up. I thought I'd sign up for one or two and leave it at that, but I got hooked by the archaeology bug and never really got away! My first tutor was incredibly encouraging and helpful, and played a big part in my desire to pursue a career in archaeology.
I really wanted to learn more so the course tutors encouraged me to sign up for a Masters, which I started in 2011, and I'm now about half way through my PhD. I'm researching Neanderthal mortuary practices, which draws from my two favourite courses from LLL - human origins and human skeletal remains. It's basically looking at the origin of burials - by looking at what they did with their dead, we can understand why the practice of honouring the dead occurred in our own species.
I've just finished teaching my first LLL module about the evolution and extinction of Neanderthals, and I'm hoping to teach more in the coming months. It's been very odd standing at the front staring into the seats I used to sit in! My eventual aim is to go into academia, and working with the public would continue to be an important part of that for me.


Alain Le Goff

When I retired I decided to go back to learning Spanish which I learned at Business School but never had an opportunity to use it.

I looked at various options and decided that the courses offered by Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton were the most suitable for me. I also got good advice from the team on the course level I should attend.

In addition to my Spanish course, through Lifelong Learning, I was offered a variety of events, lectures and study days which have proved to be of huge interest to me.

I am interested in History and Politics but the events cover such a variety of subjects that there is a topic for everyone. Recently I have attended study days on King John and Magna Carta and The Unknown War; Hampshire and Gallipoli at The National Museum Royal Naval in Portsmouth.

The events always field the highest quality of speakers together with an incredibly well organised administration from the Lifelong Learning team.

For me, the University of Southampton offers through the LLL scheme what I understand universities must promote: help people continue improving their knowledge, interests, etc..

I am simply grateful to Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton and always looking forward to the next event.

Future courses

We hope to increase our provision across as many departments at the University as possible in the future. If you would like to provide a course or event with us, please contact us.

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