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
- Widening Participation and Access
- Student Experience
- Flexible Pedagogy and New Technologies
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:
- Funding and financial support for part-time students
- Widening participation and access
- Student experience
- Employer engagement
- Work and learning
- Public engagement
- Flexible pedagogy and new technologies