WEA Press Office

We are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. We teach 50,000 students a year and run 8,000 courses. For tens of thousands of people across the UK, community and adult learning provides a life raft to a better future. The impact is not only on employability but their health and wellbeing, family life and community engagement.

For press enquiries, case studies or to request an interview with a spokesperson from the WEA, please contact the press office. Our media team work with print, broadcast and online journalists across the UK.


Jenny White

PR & Media Manager


+4402074263476/ 07880564672


To see the latest news on the charity’s activities, announcements and more, please visit our News section.

Case studies

To view our case studies and the people we’ve helped, please visit our Inspiring Stories page. Use of images and case studies is restricted, and all requests to use such material should go to our Media team. They can be contacted at news@wea.org.uk

Media comment

What topics can we help with? These are just some of the areas we can comment on: 

  • Adult education

  • Lifelong learning

  • Employability

  • Skills development

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Community engagement

  • Loneliness

  • Social mobility


We have experienced spokespeople and a strong network of students, volunteers and tutors for TV, radio, print and online media interviews. 

Ruth Spellman

Ruth Spellman OBE is the CEO of the WEA. Ruth is the first female Chief Executive in the 115 year history of the WEA. Ruth has taken four CEO roles in her career and was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to workplace learning and an Honorary Doctorate for exceptional contribution to Management and Leadership. Ruth is the former CEO of Investors in People and was also the first female Chief Executive of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, where she led a diversity strategy and focused on retention of female talent.

Follow Ruth on Twitter @RuthSpellmanWEA