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
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
- Flexible pedagogy and new technologies