WEA Annual Lecture 2018

A Place for Learning

A timely and vital examination of how adult learning can be strengthened to meet the demands of the 21st century. 

Date: Tuesday 20th February 2018
Time: 6pm
Venue: 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

The lecture is held in partnership with the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA; Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive, WEA
Chair: Trevor Phillips, Chair of Trustees, WEA

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Attendees can arrive from 5.30pm. This event will be followed by a drinks reception and opportunity for networking.

Lecture Theme

Lifelong learning has never been more crucial. We face the challenge of a workplace which is transforming rapidly while technology is driving massive economic and social changes. We are living longer, in more diverse communities and connected on a global scale – understanding the world around us is increasingly important. Yet the UK lags behind in adult literacy and numeracy while adult education provision is declining and there is no national strategy for lifelong learning.
Matthew Taylor will give the 2018 WEA Annual Lecture on the theme of how places play a crucial role in our engagement with learning. From the importance of community-based learning settings through to the infrastructure which supports lifelong learning at a local, regional and national scale, the places where we learn are as important as what we learn. Matthew will explore how a clearer focus on the relation between place and learning can achieve greater results through making better use of our existing community resources and by better understanding how as individuals we respond to local identity.