UALL supports all aspects of the diverse engagement of universities and higher education providers with their wider communities.
The Association seeks to champion the broader definition of lifelong engagement with universities through part-time flexible provision offering personal, community and vocational development. It does so through advocacy in policy development, dissemination of information on policy, practice and funding through a lively programme of events, and through research and publication. UALL is structured to respond to change in higher education: for example the developing emphasis on public engagement and the university as a regional resource.
Current areas of strategic focus are:
- Public engagement
- Employer engagement and CPD
- Work-based learning
- Social mobility and inclusion
- The student experience
A key strength is the work of organised Networks in linking strategy to practice.
Networks enable staff drawn from across member institutions – from senior managers to practitioners and administrators - to engage directly with colleagues across the UK in disseminating intelligence on, and developing, policy and funding and communities of practice.