World class UK universities that are better than Leicester and offer adult education

continuing-education

From the continuing education pages of Oxford’s website

The Times Higher has released its latest world university rankings, placing the University of Leicester in 172nd place. I’m making the informed guess that the University management is anxious about its position in international league tables, and that this might have something to do with its ill-judged decision to close down its centre for adult education.

So in the interests of open comparison, I thought I’d identify the eight UK universities that come above Leicester in the rankings, and have adult education centres:

Oxford (1st)

Cambridge (4th)

Edinburgh (27th)

Warwick (82)

Glasgow (88)

Sheffield (109)

York (129)

Leeds (133)

In addition, of course, adult education of various kinds is common in north American universities (especially the older, land grant institutions) and several European systems. I was particularly pleased to see that my colleagues at the University of Cologne – which has a terrific programme for older adults, as well as a plethora of seminars and lectures for the local community, and is recognised by the German government’s Excellence initiative – came in two places above Leicester.

So many quite distinguished universities manage to combine scholarly excellence with serious community engagement. Of course, we should take these league tables with a pinch of salt. All of them are flawed to a greater or lesser extent, based as they are on highly selective data, and only a fool would take them seriously. I bet that the Vice Chancellor at Leicester is using them as one of his own key performanc indicators.

 

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2 thoughts on “World class UK universities that are better than Leicester and offer adult education

  1. Very interesting John. Somehow I thought that Cologne would be higher in the Ranking but am reassured that adult education is still offered in eight UK universities – which I did not know. In the UK Open University Masters courses in lifelong learning were closed down altogether almost 10years ago – based on the assumptions that all OU courses are aimed at adults.

  2. Pingback: World class UK universities that are better than Leicester and offer adult education | Vaughan Future

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