Over-50s can head back to classroom

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SENIOR citizens are being invited to go back to the classroom and take advantage of free university learning programmes.

The courses are being offered by the University of Brighton Campus in Havelock Road.

They are open to anyone aged over 50 and are aimed at people who have never experienced higher education.

Entitled Open Access To Knowledge, the free 15-week course starts in February and students attend the campus two days a week.

Students will receive help from tutors to select the project they wish to take, whether it is a new skill or a subject they have an interest in.

Previous subjects studied have been varied, including gender and stereotypes, poverty and the Victorian workhouse, permaculture and the Pestalozzi Project and the West Hill.

Some students on the OAK programme have found their way back into full time education via degree and diploma courses.

The University of Brighton in Hastings campus has a new Learning Resource Centre as well as IT facilities and equipment.

Diane Addy, who completed an OAK course, said: “I will always thank the OAK project for giving me the confidence to realise I had the ability to study for a degree.

“The university has such a welcoming approach to lifelong learning.”

Wendy Philcox, programme assistant for OAK, said: “The programme is bringing an exciting range of learning experiences to local people who may have missed learning opportunities in the past, or maybe didn’t enjoy education first time round.”

Anyone over 50 can apply by the beginning of February for a place.

For more information or an informal chat contact Wendy Philcox on 01273 644605, or email w.philcox@brighton.ac.uk