UALL supports all aspects of the diverse engagement of universities and higher education providers with their wider communities.

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:

  • Work and Learning
  • Community and Research
  • Student Experience
  • Flexible Pedagogy and New Technologies
  • International

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.


UALL provides leadership in representing part-time/flexible formal and informal learning, public engagement, widening participation, and other similar activities to policy makers, funders and policy-making bodies.

UALL works to influence policy in part-time and lifelong engagement in higher education by:

  • Lobbying and influencing policy
  • Conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Research and publications

Areas of current policy focus for UALL include:

  • Widening participation and access
  • Student experience
  • Employer engagement
  • Work and learning
  • Public engagement
  • International
  • Flexible pedagogy and new technologies


Birkbeck University
Bishop Grosseteste University
University of Bristol
Brunel University
University of Cambridge
Dublin City
Durham University
Hong Kong
Middlesex University
Newcastle University
The Open University
University of Oxford
Trinity Saint David
University of York



  • Links with the major agencies in the sector, and opportunities for advocacy and contribution to policy formulation
  • Continuously-updated intelligence on policy, funding and strategy at the highest levels in the sector
  • Free or reduced price entry to conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Engagement with action, theoretical research and other funded activities
  • Opportunities for free or reduced price UALL publications
  • Membership of specialist networks, acting as communities of practice across the sector in; Employer engagement/CPD, Work-based learning, Widening participation and social inclusion, Women in lifelong learning, Student and staff development



American Association For Adult and Continuing EducationCanadian Association for University Continuing EducationEuropean University Continuing Education network Higher Education Lifelong Learning in Ireland Network (HELLIN)PASCAL International ObservatoryTurkish Council For Continuing Education (TUSEM)Association for Professional, Continuing, & Online Education (UPCEA)

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