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Three new WEA branches

Three new WEA branches

WEA Scarborough The WEA’s branch programme continues to go from strength to strength with three...

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New WEA health initiative

New WEA health initiative

Linda Harrington, 'Get Out, Stay Well' Organiser pictured third from the left The Workers’ Educational...

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The First World War

The First World War

A working class hero is something to be: Philip Anthony Brown was one of the Workers' Educational Association's...

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WEA London has moved

WEA London has moved

WEA London has moved offices. If you wish to contact London region: Workers' Educational Association 4...

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Tyne history goes on display

Tyne history goes on display

A group of students who attended our programme of ‘Maritime’ history courses in South Tyneside...

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Whole life learning

Whole life learning

The Horley Arts & Craft Group is a great example of how learning can benefit your whole life. Made...

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Response to the UKCES skills report

Response to the UKCES skills report

A new report has been published which highlights the need for urgent action to improve the UK’s...

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Students exhibit art in Bolton

Students exhibit art in Bolton

WEA students enrolled in a Fine Art course at the Willows Community Centre Bolton had the opportunity...

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The Tour de France is coming

The Tour de France is coming

With the Grand Depart of the Tour de France heading to Yorkshire, The Workers Educational Association...

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2014/15 courses now available online

2014/15 courses now available online

2014/15 Courses now available online. Using our online course search. To get a list of the WEA...

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IFL set to close

IFL set to close

The non-executive board of the Institute for Learning (IfL) has announced its recommendation that IfL...

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WEA Eastern region wins accolades for adult learning

WEA Eastern region wins accolades for adult learning

WEA Eastern region is celebrating after one of its projects – ESOL ONline – won both a regional...

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A vote for youth

A vote for youth

WEA Ambassador Nigel Todd has highlighted the issues around young people voting in a letter to The Guardian. Rhiannon...

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Work on dementia honoured

Work on dementia honoured

  Photo above: Shadow Health Minister Luciana Berger MP and Shaun Lever, RLBUHT Lead Dementia...

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Matt Hancock highlights adult learning

Matt Hancock highlights adult learning

Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matt Hancock, made an economic and moral case for extending adult skills...

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WEA Manifesto Launched

WEA Manifesto Launched

    For the first time in its 111 year history, the Workers’ Educational Association...

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WEA Northern Ireland forced to close

WEA Northern Ireland forced to close

The WEA in England and Scotland has noted with great sadness the closure of its sister organisation in...

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WEA Annual Lecture

WEA Annual Lecture

    For the first time in its 111 year history, the Workers’ Educational Association...

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Tour de France 2014

Tour de France 2014

Gearing up for the Tour de France heading to Yorkshire, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)...

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New campaign launch

New campaign launch

The WEA’s new campaign ‘Women Overcoming Disadvantage’ was launched at a conference in Nottingham...

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Geoffrey Mitchell

Geoffrey Mitchell

Many people in the WEA and beyond will be saddened to learn that Geoffrey Mitchell has died at the age...

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Have you voted?

Have you voted?

Voting open until 10pm on 22 May. To find out why you should vote, visit www.wea.org.uk/whyvote....

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Adler Memorial Lecture

Adler Memorial Lecture

Dr Lawrence Goldman gave the Adler Memorial Lecture at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing...

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Women overcoming disadvantage

Women overcoming disadvantage

Learning from the past, Looking to the future   4th June 2014, ICCA, Hucknall Road, Nottingham...

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The role of cities in economic growth

The role of cities in economic growth

Newcastle City Futures: People, Place, Change An Exhibition of Newcastle's Built Heritage 23 May -...

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Are you registered to vote?

Are you registered to vote?

Since 1903 WEA tutors have worked with people in communities across the country developing generations...

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Share your WEA South West memories

Share your WEA South West memories

The Workers’ Educational Association is celebrating its South West centenary by tracing its local...

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WEA Adler Memorial Lecture

WEA Adler Memorial Lecture

The WEA’s Adler Memorial Lecture is to be given by the eminent historian, Dr Lawrence Goldman,...

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Students Raise Money for Disaster Relief

Students Raise Money for Disaster Relief

During an Improve your Skills course for adults with learning difficulties, a small group of learners...

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Levelling Out the Democratic Deficit

Levelling Out the Democratic Deficit

The annual Levellers Day celebration will be held on 17 May 2014 from 11am in Burford, Oxfordshire....

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WEA Volunteer to Run London Marathon

WEA Volunteer to Run London Marathon

A WEA volunteer is looking for help reaching her fundraising target for her second London Marathon on...

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Budget 2014

Budget 2014

In response to the 2014 Budget, Ruth Spellman, CEO of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA), said:...

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Tony Benn: 1925 - 2014

Tony Benn: 1925 - 2014

Labour campaigner and former cabinet minister Tony Benn has died. Tony Benn showed lifelong commitment...

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Take the Numeracy Challenge

Take the Numeracy Challenge

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is supporting a new campaign which will help boost levels...

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WEA Learn Online

WEA Learn Online

WEA Eastern Region has launched a range of online resources to help everyone in the WEA get to grips...

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Celebrating International Woman's Day

Celebrating International Woman's Day

International Women's Day on 8 March 2014 is once again being celebrated across the UK by the WEA. In...

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End Racism This Generation

End Racism This Generation

Did you know that young black people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed compared to young...

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Rekindling the artist within

Rekindling the artist within

"My name is Jane Smith; I am 39 years old and married with 3 children. I am a full time carer at home...

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Great Family Learning

Great Family Learning

The WEA welcomes the NIACE & Ofsted Joint Project: Illuminating Excellent Practice in Family Learning...

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Why Vote?

Why Vote?

The WEA has democratic engagement at the heart of its mission. With the forthcoming local and European...

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Register to Vote

Register to Vote

Interview with Baroness D'Souza, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords For over 100 years, the WEA has...

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UKCES Skills Survey published

UKCES Skills Survey published

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has today published its Employer Skills Survey for 2013....

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Ofsted rates WEA 'Good'

Ofsted rates WEA 'Good'

Ofsted, the official regulator of standards in schools and colleges in England, has rated the Workers’...

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Europe-wide lifelong learning policy

Europe-wide lifelong learning policy

SOLIDAR, a European network of NGOs working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide, has...

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Stars collaborate with the WEA

Stars collaborate with the WEA

This Monday, WEA music students in Wendover will be treated to top notch coaching from world renowned...

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Community Development Conference

Community Development Conference

The newly created Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths is hosting a...

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Best wishes for 2014 from the WEA. Why not visit our course search and see what new things you can learn...

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Spelin? Speling? Spelling?

Spelin? Speling? Spelling?

Need help to improve your spelling?  Students in the Leicester WEA 101 Branch Spelling Workshop...

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Mining the Institute

Mining the Institute

The Workers’ Educational Association in the North East is offering its members the chance to get...

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John McGarrigle - A Tribute

John McGarrigle - A Tribute

On 30th November 2013, we woke to the terrible news of the police helicopter accident in Glasgow. Amongst...

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WEA News out now

WEA News out now

Download your copy of WEA News here. ...

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OECD PISA student assessment published

OECD PISA student assessment published

OECD PISA report comparing standardised test results of 15 year olds across countries in Maths, Literacy...

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Oxford MP visits WEA Centre

Oxford MP visits WEA Centre

Oxford MP Nicola Blackwood, Parliamentary Private Secretary to skills minister Matthew Hancock, visited...

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Working with parents and families

Working with parents and families

Watch three WEA students from Basildon, Tammy Spriggs, Lisa Harrington and Janine Ginno, explain how...

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WEA supports Parliament Week

WEA supports Parliament Week

To celebrate Parliament Week, the WEA held a breakfast in the House of Commons for its parliamentary...

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Double Win for WEA Slough

Double Win for WEA Slough

  Spirits at WEA Slough are through the roof after the centre was recently recognised at two...

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NIACE Annual Digital Conference

NIACE Annual Digital Conference

WEA-partner NIACE is all set for their annual digital conference next month. Chaired by Bob Harrison...

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Deficits, Debts, and Austerity: The Real Story

Deficits, Debts, and Austerity: The Real Story

A challenge to claims that austerity is inevitable will be made by an economist at a conference organised...

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Trustees Week 2013

Trustees Week 2013

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They may be called trustees, directors, board members,...

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Newcastle Green Group Scoops Awards

Newcastle Green Group Scoops Awards

An environmental project, run by the Greening Wingrove Community Interest Company in Newcastle’s...

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Children's Centres Under Threat

Children's Centres Under Threat

  The WEA is supporting the growing campaign against cuts to Children's Centres in Oxfordshire....

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A Coup for Conference in Cambridge

A Coup for Conference in Cambridge

Baroness Joan Bakewell, with WEA Chair of Trustees, John Taylor and General Secretary Ruth Spellman   After...

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Joan Bakewell Calls for Education Reform

Joan Bakewell Calls for Education Reform

JOAN BAKEWELL CALLS FOR MAJOR OVERHAUL IN EDUCATION SYSTEM President of Birkbeck University, Baroness...

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What impact does the WEA make?

What impact does the WEA make?

The WEA published new research into the impact of its courses as part of Adult Learners' Week 2013. The...

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How has austerity had an impact on women?

How has austerity had an impact on women?

  On 4th October, @WEAAdultEd hosted the first ever tweet hour, asking about the impact...

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Response to Apprenticeship Funding Consultation

Response to Apprenticeship Funding Consultation

The WEA has today submitted a response to the consultation on Apprenticeships Funding Reform in England,...

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Rayne Foundation funds further research

Rayne Foundation funds further research

  WEA West Midlands has been awarded £19,000 by the Rayne Foundation to develop and deliver...

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Remember a Charity Week

Remember a Charity Week

  Legacies are vital to our very survival, a fact that most of our supporters don’t realise....

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Can science ever be for the people?

Can science ever be for the people?

  The WEA is about to get scientific with an event at this year’s British Science Festival. In...

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MPs debate lobbying bill

MPs debate lobbying bill

The Government's controversial lobbying bill had its second reading on Tuesday afternoon (3 September...

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Ace Fundraiser Andy Strikes Again!

Ace Fundraiser Andy Strikes Again!

Clockwise from left, Pearl Ryall (Membership and Volunteer Development Manager), Nicholas Turner (Mayor...

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WEA Activity Map

WEA Activity Map

This is a small selection of the work the WEA is involved in across England and Scotland. Drag the mouse...

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Government Report: Benefits of Adult Education

Government Report: Benefits of Adult Education

    The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has this week released a...

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New WEA Deputy President Elected

New WEA Deputy President Elected

Over the summer, members have taken part in the process of nomination and election for one Deputy President...

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25th Anniversary for Return to Learn

25th Anniversary for Return to Learn

  The splendid Garden Room at Unison's head office in London was the venue for a special celebration...

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Legacy Study into Learning

Legacy Study into Learning

  In the first of its kind, a study by WEA Oxford has revealed the widespread and far reaching...

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The atmosphere is buzzing at Castleford

The atmosphere is buzzing at Castleford

  Castleford RUFC played host to the Bumble Bees Barbarians for a practical display by the Bumbles’...

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The WEA has inspired me to get a job

The WEA has inspired me to get a job

After attending many interviews I now work part-time in a post office.” Rashmi Morabia moved from...

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Money Advice Service

Money Advice Service

The WEA has teamed up with the Money Advice Service to provide online financial heathcheck and budget...

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Getting Women Into Politics

Getting Women Into Politics

  As a national lead in the Women’s Learning Programme, it’s no surprise that WEA...

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Sarkless Kitty

Sarkless Kitty

A group of budding thespians in West Yorkshire took to the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole in June...

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Success for Dementia Liverpool project

Success for Dementia Liverpool project

    An event in Liverpool by the Dementia Liverpool project was deemed a massive success...

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Outstanding tutor - it's confirmed!

Outstanding tutor - it's confirmed!

  Involved with the WEA for many years since first becoming a student over 30 years ago, it came...

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Government announces funding for democracy

Government announces funding for democracy

Local organisations, neighbourhoods and communities have been asked to come up with ideas to get people...

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WEA partner wins award

WEA partner wins award

A long standing partner of the WEA and who also run health and personal development course’s...

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Women students pay tribute to Emily Davison

Women students pay tribute to Emily Davison

A group of women students suffered, first hand, the indignities of women in the early 20th Century in...

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Open Day at St Luke's Hospice

Open Day at St Luke's Hospice

Last week saw the celebratory open day at the Atrium Day Care Centre, St Luke's Hospice in Plymouth....

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WEA's Jol Miskin runs 10K race

WEA's Jol Miskin runs 10K race

WEA Regional Education Manager in Yorkshire and Humber, Jol Miskin, alongside his two daughters Eleanor...

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Last chance for Olive Cordell Awards

Last chance for Olive Cordell Awards

Each year the WEA runs The Olive Cordell Awards, to celebrate the achievements and work of Skills for...

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Better for students, Better for Everyone!

Better for students, Better for Everyone!

The ‘Better for Everyone’ project has been funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement...

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WEA launches public spending debate

WEA launches public spending debate

WEA takes public spending debate to its members WEA Chief Executive and General Secretary, Ruth Spellman,...

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CBE for WEA Chair of Trustees

CBE for WEA Chair of Trustees

WEA Chair of Trustees, John Taylor, received a CBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.The...

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WEA Ambassadors Scheme Launched

WEA Ambassadors Scheme Launched

Last week 10 very special WEA Ambassadors met with staff in Leicester as part of a successful induction...

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Supporting Carers Week 2013

Supporting Carers Week 2013

Monday marked the start of Carers Week (www.carersweek.org). Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness...

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In memory of Emily Wilding Davison

In memory of Emily Wilding Davison

100 years ago on June 4th 1913 Emily Wilding Davison walked in front of the King’s horse in the...

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A Big Thank You

A Big Thank You

The WEA has 3,000 strong volunteers across England and Scotland, helping us in every imaginable way –...

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Family Learning Project Award

Family Learning Project Award

South Grove Primary School, in Walthamstow, offers a range of learning opportunities to improve the...

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Impact of WEA Adult Education

Impact of WEA Adult Education

The WEA has published new research into the impact of its courses as part of Adult Learners' Week 2013. The...

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Lively debate at Levellers Day 2013

Lively debate at Levellers Day 2013

This year's Levellers Day celebration, entitled Learning the Lessons of History, was held on Saturday...

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Jenni Murray delivers WEA Lecture

Jenni Murray delivers WEA Lecture

Around 300 WEA members, students, tutors and volunteers, gathered at University College London last...

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WEA's Jol Miskin runs half marathon

WEA's Jol Miskin runs half marathon

WEA Regional Education Manager, Jol Miskin, successfully competed a half marathon to raise money for...

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WEA's Jol Miskin fundraising for AMRC

WEA's Jol Miskin fundraising for AMRC

The WEA's Jol Miskin, Regional Education Manager in Yorkshire and Humber, is set to take part in a sponsored...

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'I've now found my place'

'I've now found my place'

“I had stopped learning, I had no job – but now I’ve found my place.” Afshan...

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Levellers Day 18 May

Levellers Day 18 May

The free event takes place on Saturday 18 May 2013 from 10.00 – 16.00 at Warwick Hall Burford,...

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Emily Davison Writing Competition

Emily Davison Writing Competition

listenupnorth.com is very pleased & privileged to announce a new NATIONAL writing competition, part...

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100 Miles for 100 Years of Eastern

100 Miles for 100 Years of Eastern

100 miles, 6 counties, 1 day - 1 July 2013 Reaching the ripe old age of 100 is no mean feat for any...

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'This course has really helped me'

'This course has really helped me'

  Learners at the Cutteslowe Community Centre in North Oxford have just completed...

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Omega Centre set for creative weekend

Omega Centre set for creative weekend

The WEA’s Omega Centre in Portsmouth plays host to a creative writing weekend over the 18th and...

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Hear more about WEA health & wellbeing

Hear more about WEA health & wellbeing

Birmingham based WEA health project, Community Learning for Healthy Living, has been invited for...

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Watch the CLR James conference

Watch the CLR James conference

On Saturday 13th April 2013 the life and achievements of the Trinidadian journalist and essayist, Cyril...

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'I now have my active life back'

'I now have my active life back'

Shirley, a learner from the first YMCA Learning for Health group in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent,...

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New branch for Lincoln

New branch for Lincoln

The WEA has a new branch in Lincoln in response to calls from enthusiastic learners. The team canvassed...

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Leicester student learns new computer skills

Leicester student learns new computer skills

A learner from Leicester's 101 Branch, Paul Ford, has been making great progress in his computer course. Paul...

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Win £150 in the WEA Real to Reel competition

Win £150 in the WEA Real to Reel competition

WEA East Midlands' film competition, Real to Reel, is giving the region's budding Danny Boyles the...

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The Pitmen Painters begins national tour

The Pitmen Painters begins national tour

  The widely acclaimed The Pitmen Painters has just began a six-month tour of the UK, starting...

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National Apprenticeships Week 2013

National Apprenticeships Week 2013

The sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week celebrates apprentices and the benefit for individuals,...

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"Concerning" figures of part-time HE entrants

WEA, the UK’s largest charitable provider of adult education, has expressed concern at the latest...

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Robert Goodwill visits WEA Scarborough

Robert Goodwill visits WEA Scarborough

Robert Goodwill MP, Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury and MP for Scarborough and Whitby, visited...

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WEA responds to HEFC and OFFA's report

WEA responds to HEFC and OFFA's report

The UK’s largest charitable provider of adult education, the WEA, has welcomed the publication...

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Tandrusti patron runs last race

Tandrusti patron runs last race

  Fauja Singh, WEA Tandrusti’s 101-year-old Patron and the world's oldest marathon runner,...

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A very special competition

A very special competition

WEA are exploring the opportunity to bring the whole Association together for a week of fundraising...

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Event explores 'the point of' newspapers

Event explores 'the point of' newspapers

  Would The Sun be able to write their infamous Hillsborough headline today? 'What's the Point...

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WEA News is Out Now!

WEA News is Out Now!

  The Winter issue of WEA News is now available. The latest issue includes how you...

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BBC R4 Explores the Value of Culture

BBC R4 Explores the Value of Culture

Melvyn Bragg presents The Value of Culture, a new BBC Radio 4 series examining the idea of culture...

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OU powers free, online higher education

OU powers free, online higher education

UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University Students...

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Techno Elders appear on BBC1’s Inside Out

Techno Elders appear on BBC1’s Inside Out

West Midlands' Techno Elders featured in BBC1's Inside Out West Midlands on Monday 17 December...

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Adult Learners' Week Nominations

Adult Learners' Week Nominations

Don't miss your chance to nominate someone for Adult Learners' Week! Nominations for the Adult Learners'...

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Support the WEA this Christmas

Support the WEA this Christmas

    An Easy Way To Raise Funds Do you shop online? Did you know that every time...

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H-SBA Competition calls Budding Writers

H-SBA Competition calls Budding Writers

Home-Start Bridgewater Area (H-SBA) is giving a budding writer the chance to win...

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Emily Wilding Davison Campaign Launch

Emily Wilding Davison Campaign Launch

Next year will mark 100 years since the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison was killed after running...

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WEA Tutor Wins Green Award

WEA Tutor Wins Green Award

North West WEA tutor, George Pilkington, has been presented with a Green Apple Award for Environmental...

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WEA supports Climate Change Week 2013

WEA supports Climate Change Week 2013

The WEA is supporting Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, Climate Week, which will be...

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WEA October Visit to Turner-Monet-Twombly Exhibition at Tate Liverpool

WEA October Visit to Turner-Monet-Twombly Exhibition at Tate Liverpool

Students at WEA North west shared a lovely day last month exploring the paintings and meanings behind...

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BIS Research on Adult Learning

BIS Research on Adult Learning

The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has released research that shows adult learning can...

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Open University Partners with WEA

Open University Partners with WEA

 The Open University (OU) and the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) have announced a...

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Open University Partners with WEA

Open University Partners with WEA

  The Open University (OU) and the Workers’ Education Association (WEA) have announced a...

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WEA Making a Difference Event

WEA Making a Difference Event

•    Parliamentary event launched by shadow education secretary and WEA patron Stephen...

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Trustees’ Week 2012 Celebrates Charities' Unsung Heroes

Trustees’ Week 2012 Celebrates Charities' Unsung Heroes

Trustees’ Week 2012 begins today in celebration of the trustees, directors, board members, governors...

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WEA wins Funding for Equality and Diversity Project

WEA wins Funding for Equality and Diversity Project

The WEA has been awarded £24,988 to deliver ‘Better for Everyone’, a project to advance...

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Emily Wilding Davison Memorial

Emily Wilding Davison Memorial

WEA JOINS A CAMPAIGN TO REMEMBER SUFFRAGETTE EMILY WILDING DAVISON   WEA Chief Executive, Ruth...

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NIACE launch Family Learning Inquiry

NIACE launch Family Learning Inquiry

NIACE has launched its Inquiry into Family Learning in England and Wales and has issued a call...

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Lord Lingfield Report Published

Lord Lingfield Report Published

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has today published the final report from...

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Nominations open for Adult Learners' Week

Nominations open for Adult Learners' Week

Nominations are now open for the Adult Learners' Week Awards 2013! This is your chance to recognise the...

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Book Review: Roses and Ashes by Fred Hughes

Book Review: Roses and Ashes by Fred Hughes

The Lidice Shall Live! campaign is one of the greatest episodes nearly to be forgotten within the collection...

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WEA project shortlisted for prestigious award

WEA project shortlisted for prestigious award

The Open Door – Tackling Disabilities Hate Crime project has been recognised by the TES FE Awards...

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WEA on News at Ten

WEA on News at Ten

Shaheen Aziz (pictured below) spoke on ITV News at Ten about her experience of attending WEA Literacy...

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Black History Month

Black History Month

Black history month has been celebrated widely for many years honouring the achievements, culture, and...

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WEA at London Film Festival

WEA at London Film Festival

The new work by Turner Prize Nominee Luke Fowler is being shown during 56th British Film Institute London...

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Big Lottery funding for WEA project

Big Lottery funding for WEA project

Following a bid to the Big Lottery Fund, the educational charity Workers’ Educational Association...

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Counting on a Greener Scotland

Counting on a Greener Scotland

The Workers’ Educational Association Scotland (WEA), in partnership with Meteorologist Heather...

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Olive Cordell Awards 2012

Olive Cordell Awards 2012

The winners have been announced for this year’s Olive Cordell awards! The awards recognise outstanding...

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Dressmaking & Soft Furnishings awards

Dressmaking & Soft Furnishings awards

An awards ceremony for the WEA Dressmaking & Soft Furnishings course was held in July at Gayton House...

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Government proposal for FE Guild

Government proposal for FE Guild

The Government has published a prospectus for a sector-led Further Education Guild for professional...

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WEA and St. Mungo's

WEA and St. Mungo's

The WEA course ‘Create a Radio Play’ was delivered in partnership with the homeless...

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Continued Lottery support in Dudley

Continued Lottery support in Dudley

Following a successful continuation bid to the Big Lottery the Workers’ Educational Association...

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2012 Cultural Olympiad

2012 Cultural Olympiad

In autumn 2011, a group of WEA North West students with physical disabilities from St Helens Day Opportunities...

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WEA Approach to Employability

WEA Approach to Employability

• We believe that decent employment is the best anti-poverty strategy. Supporting disadvantaged...

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Review of the Charities Act 2006

Review of the Charities Act 2006

The report suggests over 100 policy changes to laws and regulation surrounding charities, the overarching...

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Turner Prize nominee’s major new film

Turner Prize nominee’s major new film

A major new film by Turner Prize 2012 nominee, Luke Fowler, explores the work of the historian and...

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WEA at International Co-op Day

WEA at International Co-op Day

The WEA and the Co-operative Movement came together at the International Co-operators' Day celebration...

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WEA committee member awarded OBE

WEA committee member awarded OBE

Michael Allen, who was a member of Eastern District Executive Committee in the 70s and 80s, has been...

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£1.5m given to community projects

£1.5m given to community projects

Since November 2011 the WEA has been awarding grants to community projects in the North West. They...

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Top Italian rugby coach to support WEA

Top Italian rugby coach to support WEA

The Bumble Bees Barbarians is England’s only rugby team featuring players with and without learning...

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Vacancy for Chair of Trustees

Vacancy for Chair of Trustees

For over 100 years, the WEA’s Trustees have been grown from among the ranks of its membership,...

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WEA Sustainability Competition Winners

WEA Sustainability Competition Winners

During March 2012 WEA colleagues, members and volunteers were offered the opportunity to win an iPad...

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Lines of Enquiry

Lines of Enquiry

As part of the Lines of Enquiry project the WEA and Lancashire Museums ran a series of master classes....

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Community Learning Volunteers in action

Community Learning Volunteers in action

On 22nd June WEA held a conference for Community Learning Volunteers at Birmingham University. This was...

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Have your say...

Have your say...

Councillors and the Community, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee at the House of...

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Parliamentary event celebrates adult education

Parliamentary event celebrates adult education

On Wednesday 7th November we're staged a day to promote and celebrate the true value of good adult...

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First year for WEA awards

First year for WEA awards

For the first time this year a WEA awards scheme will recognise and celebrate the work and achievements...

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Learners showcase work

Learners showcase work

WEA London region ran an article earlier this year about Writing London, a creative writing...

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Stories of the Tyne Event

Stories of the Tyne Event

The focus of ‘Stories of the Tyne’ was the river, but the real stars of the show were the...

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First WEA green branch event

First WEA green branch event

Politics and the environment were centre stage at Newcastle's Green Festival in Leazes Park last week. A...

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Funding for learning now available!

Funding for learning now available!

The Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF), a new £4million grants fund from the Skills Funding...

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Learners showcase historical finds

Learners showcase historical finds

The Digability Project will be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for three years. It allows people...

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Interview with Anne Stott

Interview with Anne Stott

  On hearing of Anne’s recent book 'Wilberforce: Family and Friends', Andrew Perrin of...

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Occupy Barlaston

Occupy Barlaston

Occupy Barlaston is a 'Day School' which will take place on Saturday 16th June 2012 at Barlaston Village...

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A big thank you to all our volunteers

A big thank you to all our volunteers

Volunteers are at the heart of the WEA’s activity and vital to our work. Individuals, local communities...

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Another successful Adult Learners' Week

Another successful Adult Learners' Week

Adult Learners' Week 2012 proved to be yet another success with Workers' Educational Association scooping...

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Joan learns IT skills and connects to family abroad

Joan learns IT skills and connects to family abroad

Joan King from Telford, Shropshire has been a WEA learner for a number of years and has completed a...

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Volunteers' Week 2012

Volunteers' Week 2012

Each year Volunteering England celebrates the time and effort millions of volunteers give in UK. As...

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Ruth Spellman appointed member of NCS Council

Ruth Spellman appointed member of NCS Council

The National Careers Service, launched last month, has announced a new council to support the government...

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Two day challenge for memorial

Two day challenge for memorial

Greg Coyne, Education Director (Quality) and Lead Director for the North East and North West region of...

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Cultural Olympiad 2012

Cultural Olympiad 2012

Full details available on the One Day Schools and Federation Events pages of the Federation website and...

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Long serving WEA tutor awarded MBE

Long serving WEA tutor awarded MBE

Leo Solomon, who has been a tutor with the WEA in Lincolnshire for the past 18 years, has received the...

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Adult Learners Week Awards 2012

Adult Learners Week Awards 2012

We’re delighted to announce four Adult Learners’ Week Awards for the WEA this year. Three...

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Voluntary Arts Week set to liven up England's windows!

Voluntary Arts Week set to liven up England's windows!

Taking place across the UK and Republic of Ireland, Voluntary Arts Week is a chance for amateur arts...

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Community mosaic for Ruskin College

Community mosaic for Ruskin College

An event to showcase the work of the WEA in Oxfordshire took place on Friday May 18 at the Town Hall,...

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What next for community project?

What next for community project?

Last month saw the close of our successful three year national WEA project Learning for Community Involvement...

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Come celebrate Levellers Day

Come celebrate Levellers Day

Each year Burford in Oxfordshire hosts Levellers Day, an imaginative reconstruction based on experiences...

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WEA contributes to Diabetes Debate

WEA contributes to Diabetes Debate

WEA is rightly proud of our many community education based health projects; they have enabled thousands...

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Bien hecho estudiantes!

Bien hecho estudiantes!

Maria Beviar, WEA Spanish tutor, celebrates with learners completing their Spanish conversation course...

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Gateways to the Past

Gateways to the Past

The WEA Leicester Branch has always had a strong interest in local history and their recent course ‘Gateways...

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£1.5 million in grants for community groups

£1.5 million in grants for community groups

Does your community group want to help people overcome barriers and gain the skills and confidence to...

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Are you registered to vote?

Are you registered to vote?

The WEA has always been about the importance of education in a democratic society. That’s...

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End to compulsory regulation of tutors

End to compulsory regulation of tutors

The independent review of Professionalism in Further Education (the Lingfield review) has published an...

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WEA joins 'Give It Back George!'

WEA joins 'Give It Back George!'

The WEA is among the six hundred charities – and counting – who are supporting NCVO’s...

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What the Dickens?

What the Dickens?

The WEA's new course on Dickens' historic London is bound to be a winner with literary enthusiasts and...

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DAIN project celebrated in style

DAIN project celebrated in style

DAIN Project (Digital Activist Inclusion Network)   achievements and particularly the achievements...

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Five new BBC dramas this week

Five new BBC dramas this week

Airing on BBC1 from Monday to Friday at 2.15pm every day this week, Secrets and Words is a series of...

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Short history of tractors in West Lothian

Short history of tractors in West Lothian

  A new book telling the story of the British Motor Corporation (BMC)/British Leyland Truck and...

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Could you be a Commissioner?

Could you be a Commissioner?

Adult Vocational Learning: Could you be a Commissioner? A new independent Commission into Adult Vocational...

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The Making Moves Project

The Making Moves Project

This Project was run in Leeds at Osmondthorpe Resource Centre from January to July 2011, for disabled...

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Men's Health Project - Learning & Meetup Day

Men's Health Project - Learning & Meetup Day

 WEA West Midlands is holding an event to round off the NIACE project on 21st March and they are...

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A day to mark students' successes in vocational qualifications

A day to mark students' successes in vocational qualifications

'VQ Day' stands for Vocational Qualifications Day, and is a national celebration of vocational qualifications...

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A learner's perspective on the WEA

A learner's perspective on the WEA

Sylvia Kent is a learner at the WEA Billericay branch.  She has studied numerous English Literature...

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Public views on adult community learning

Public views on adult community learning

Many people involved in adult education, including many WEA students, took part in an online survey of...

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WEA at Who Do You Think You Are? Live!

WEA at Who Do You Think You Are? Live!

The WEA was part of the 2012 Who Do You Think You Are? Live show, which attracted almost 13,000 visitors...

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Want to run an Adult Learners' Week event?

Want to run an Adult Learners' Week event?

Are you planning an event or taster session for Adult Learners' Week? Come along to a FREE workshop...

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Volunteer this leapday!

Volunteer this leapday!

As part of an initiative to increase volunteering in the UK, some employers and charities this year are...

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WEA tutor co-authors Geology book

WEA tutor co-authors Geology book

WEA tutor Dr Paul Olver (Pictured) has co-authored the latest edition of a classic book on Geology....

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Legacy supports learning in Oxford community

Legacy supports learning in Oxford community

A legacy has been left to the WEA by Fred and Catherine Adler, who were both fond believers of lifelong...

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How does the internet empower immigrant communities?

How does the internet empower immigrant communities?

A new survey looks at how mobile phones and the internet help immigrants to the UK and Europe stay...

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Inspired student recommends WEA

Inspired student recommends WEA

Donna Jones MBE, writer and artist from Sheffield, has recommended WEA creative writing courses in a...

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NIACE award for men’s health project in Stoke

NIACE award for men’s health project in Stoke

The WEA West Midlands region has recently been awarded £22,281 from the NIACE Adult and Community...

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Staff member completes Apprenticeship in WEA

Staff member completes Apprenticeship in WEA

Congratulations to Joanna Hinton, who has achieved her NVQ Level 3 Advanced Level Apprenticeship in...

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Calling all creative writers

Calling all creative writers

Home-Start Bridgwater Area is an independent, small charity, which opened in January 2011, to help...

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External policy issues affecting the WEA

External policy issues affecting the WEA

The WEA's most recent summary of relevant external policy issues is available here.  ...

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WEA Learners at the Museum of London

WEA Learners at the Museum of London

WEA Tutor Elizabeth Sarkany (pictured on the right) appeared on BBC London’s Robert Elms Show 94.9fm...

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From Batley to Doha

From Batley to Doha

WEA tutor Hazel Richardson tells us of a former student from one of her literacy courses in Batley, who...

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The 2012 Adult Learners' Week Award

The 2012 Adult Learners' Week Award

Here's your chance to reward a learner for their hard work or a project that has helped people...

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Give your bit to charity while you shop online

Give your bit to charity while you shop online

While you’re shopping online, you can also support the WEA or any other charity at no extra cost....

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Health boost for Stoke-on-Trent

Health boost for Stoke-on-Trent

Existing WEA learners will become the founding members of a new network of activity and support which...

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Ruth Spellman to be WEA's Chief Executive

Ruth Spellman to be WEA's Chief Executive

For the first time in its 108 year history the WEA has appointed a woman as its new Chief Executive....

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Training to inspire active communities

Training to inspire active communities

“It’s given me the confidence to become a more active member of my own local community”...

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Prize giveaway for history lovers

Prize giveaway for history lovers

For the history lovers, we’re giving away a copy of ‘Knapton: Twentieth-Century Village Voices’...

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Knowledge is power! says Prof. Henry Tam

Knowledge is power! says Prof. Henry Tam

Professor Henry Benedict Tam's recent essay explores how learning has been used throughout...

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WEA Conference brings sector together for a day

WEA Conference brings sector together for a day

WEA's Conference 2011: 'Equality Inclusion and Action in Adult Education' was a chance for adult education...

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'Digability' is archaeology with a difference

'Digability' is archaeology with a difference

A major new WEA archaeology project, starting this month in Yorkshire and the Humber, has been awarded...

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Equality Inclusion and Action in Adult Education

Equality Inclusion and Action in Adult Education

Friday 28 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham A...

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Members elect new WEA Treasurer

Members elect new WEA Treasurer

Cliff Allum, Chief Executive of Skillshare International has been elected as WEA Treasurer in our first...

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We're looking for a new Chief Executive

We're looking for a new Chief Executive

The WEA is recruiting for two senior posts for the organisation, a Chief Executive and General Secretary...

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Have your say on local adult education

Have your say on local adult education

The Government has announced a new public consultation, to find out your views about local adult education...

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Beamish Museum for free with the WEA

Beamish Museum for free with the WEA

The Workers’ Educational Association North East are celebrating 100 years of providing adult...

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Getting Active with the WEA

Getting Active with the WEA

A new report is just out highlighting project work from the second year of our Learning for Community...

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New community learning projects

New community learning projects

Across England the WEA has been successful with six bids to the Adult & Community Learning Fund. A...

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WEA members start voting

WEA members start voting

Nearly 50,000 WEA members from around the country are getting their chance to vote on who should become...

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Students filmed by Emmy award winners

Students filmed by Emmy award winners

Students across the West Midlands are starring in a new film produced by the local regional office to...

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Winners celebrate personal achievements

Winners celebrate personal achievements

Last week saw the winners announced for the third annual Olive Cordell Awards. The award scheme came...

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Margaret is up for award in South Shields

Margaret is up for award in South Shields

Margaret East, Chair of South Tyneside WEA branch. Picture courtesy of The Shields Gazette. WEA...

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WEA banner blessed at Durham miners' gala

WEA banner blessed at Durham miners' gala

The WEA North East Region's centenary celebrations moved to a new level at the historic Durham Miners'...

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BSkyB online campaign gains momentum

BSkyB online campaign gains momentum

An online democracy campaign, run by avaaz.org, to allow people to voice their protest at the imminent...

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Driving learning

Driving learning

A new WEA branch in Northolt, West London, is helping members of the Nepalese community learn English...

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More power for local communities?

More power for local communities?

"Don't throw away the chance to give a greater say to local people," is the message to MPs around the...

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WEA project is one of Europe's best

WEA project is one of Europe's best

A WEA East Midlands project which has been set up to close the 'digital divide' and encourage people...

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Two thousand champion volunteers

Two thousand champion volunteers

Two thousand volunteers have been trained as part of the Community Learning Champions Support programme,...

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