UALL members are institutions and individuals who share a commitment to lifelong learning, and who have and understanding of the importance of access to higher education at all times of life.

We are colleagues, researchers, thinkers, administrators and academics working together to share the knowledge and resources needed to serve adult learners in higher education. Institutional members are listed below.

Bangor University

Established in 1884, Bangor University (Welsh: Prifysgol Bangor) has a long tradition of excellence for academic standards and student experience. It is a research-led University of and for North Wales, providing transformative learning experiences and nurturing a positive impact on society regionally, nationally, and internationally. Ensuring economic, social, and civic impact through lifelong learning, Strategy 2030 highlights some of the key strategic priorities as:

  • social and economic prosperity; working collaboratively with regional partners.
  • supporting business and skills; offering upskilling opportunities through Short Courses and CPD and collaborating across tertiary education to champion employability and commercialisation across North Wales.
  • cohesive, resilient communities; embedding civic engagement as a fundamental aspect of core institutional activities.
  • accessibility; prominent in the life of its local communities and enabling the success of future generations through embedding widening access and participation in day-to-day operations.

Birkbeck University of London

Birkbeck University of London provides high quality, flexible education through a blend of face-to-face events and modern digital learning,  meeting the changing educational, cultural, personal and career needs of students of all ages (particularly those who live or work in the London region) as well as those who combine study with work, caring or other commitments. The university provides access routes for students of all ages from diverse social and educational backgrounds to participate fully.

Bishop Grosseteste University

Bishop Grosseteste University offers apprenticeships, doctoral study, and foundation and honours degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes multiple routes into teaching such as BA, BSc and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). As well as joint honours options, many subjects can be studied as major/minor combinations. Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals and work-related placements.The university awards foundation degrees in education, childhood and youthwork, BA degrees in 17 subjects, including primary education, SENDI and early childhood studies, and BSc degrees in 4 subjects. As well as degrees with QTS, the university awards PGCEs, MA degrees in 8 subjects and doctorates. Doctoral study (conducted in partnership with the University of Leicester) leads to either a PhD or an EdD. In 2023 the University ranked 3rd in the UK for Graduate Prospects at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

Dr Sacha Mason is Head of Programmes for Education, Health and Lifelong Learning. 

University of Bristol

Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK, ranked 55th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2024. We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen career in a competitive global market. Our mission is to make a positive impact locally, nationally, and globally by addressing society’s greatest challenges through our distinctive education, innovative research and the value we place on excellence, inclusivity and partnership.

Brunel University London

Brunel University London is a public research university located in the Uxbridge area of London, England. Brunel’s three constituent Academic Colleges include the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences; the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences; and the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. The university has over 16,150 students and 2,500 staff, and an annual income of £271.3 million (2021-22), of which £22.4 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £311.9 million. BUL is ranked as one of the top 350 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings and in the top 100 by the 2023 Annual Impact Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Mature students | Brunel University London


University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is a public collegiate research university in Cambridge, England. The university has a department dedicated to providing continuing education, the Institute of Continuing Education. Its award-bearing programmes include both undergraduate certificates and part-time master’s degrees.The institute (ICE) has an annual enrolment of over 6,000 students, including around 1,000 students from over 60 countries who attend the University of Cambridge’s annual international summer programme. Students can choose from around 250 different courses across three broad disciplinary themes: Arts and Sciences; Creative Writing and English Literature; and Professional Studies.

Cardiff University

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Cardiff University (Welsh: Prifysgol Caerdydd) is a public research university in Cardiff, Wales.The 26 academic schools of the university are divided into three colleges: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Biomedical and Life Sciences; and Physical Sciences.In 2022, it had 33, 985 students enrolled, making it the 16th largest university in the UK. It has a dedicated programme of funded, lifelong learning.

University of Chester

The University of Chester is a public university located in Chester, England. The university originated as the first purpose-built teacher training college in the UK. As a university, it now occupies five campus sites in and around Chester, one in Warrington, and a University Centre in Shrewsbury. It offers a range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as undertaking academic research. With 14,900 students, it also welcomes adult learners and professionals through its offer of Professional Development and Business Growth.

Durham University


Durham University is located in Durham, England. It is made up of 17 colleges, offering over 330 undergraduate and postgraduate courses via 26 departments, to its 20, 268 students.

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning (COL) is home to the University of Edinburgh’s Access Programme, English Language Education, International Foundation Programme, International Summer School and Short Courses provision. We lead the way in the provision of outstanding yet accessible opportunities and support to learn – on campus, online and within both local and global communities. We welcome all, regardless of background or destination, and champion pathways to participation and education by connecting with colleagues and students within Edinburgh and beyond.

University of Glasgow

Established in 1451, Glasgow University is a world top 100 Universities with eight Nobel Laureates connected to it. Its six cross disciplinary areas of world-class research are shining examples of what Glasgow do best, each one combining a drive for pushing the boundaries of knowledge with a commitment to making a positive impact on the world:


  • addressing inequalities
  • cultural & creative economies
  • precision medicine & chronic diseases
  • one health
  • future life
  • the nano & quantum world.


Glasgow University researchers show curiosity, openness, a strong social commitment and a willingness to challenge the status quo. Its six cross disciplinary areas of research illustrate the breadth and depth of expertise, ability to work together to address global goals and commitment to deliver economic and societal change, both locally and internationally.


The University of Glasgow is the home of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL) was established in 2004 under the auspices of the former Department of Adult Education, and is  located now within the School of Education in the College of Social Sciences. Throughout its existence, CRADALL has provided an important focus for research and development in adult and continuing education globally.


The Centre aims to make a real difference through the contribution that adult education and lifelong learning research can make to the challenges of socio-economic justice, social inclusion, social cohesion, sustainable development and poverty reduction. It ultimately seeks through its work to enable capabilities, improve the life chances of all individuals and to create better places for them to live. In particular CR&DALL targets  people and places most at risk in the world, both in the global south and north.

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London, is a constituent research university of the University of London. It was originally founded in 1891 as The Goldsmiths’ Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London. It was renamed Goldsmiths’ College after being acquired by the University of London in 1904, and specialises in the arts, design, computing, humanities and social sciences. The main building on campus, known as the Richard Hoggart Building, was originally opened in 1844 and is the site of the former Royal Naval School.

Its mission is generating knowledge and stimulating self-discovery through creative, radical and intellectually rigorous thinking and practice underpinned by the following values:

  • Achieving academic excellence
  • Radical and innovative thinking
  • Respecting the individual
  • Promoting access and diversity
  • Supporting our students and staff
  • Creating change, locally and globally

Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Established by the Hong Kong Government in 1989 as a provider of distance education, HKMU began offering full-time programmes in 2001. Over the years we have grown into a leader in open and flexible education in the Asia Pacific region, and our full-time face-to-face programmes for qualified secondary school leavers are on par with other established universities across Hong Kong. HKMU today is a young, dynamic, full-fledged university.

Imperial College London is the only UK university to focus entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business. Our international reputation for excellence in teaching and research sees us consistently rated in the top 10 universities worldwide.

The Imperial Institute of Extended Learning will extend Imperial’s offerings beyond degrees to provide flexible, lifelong advanced STEMB training. Leveraging academic excellence and interdisciplinary capacity, it will equip individuals and organisations with skills for emerging fields like AI, cleantech, quantum, and climate science. For individuals, cutting-edge short courses will open new career paths, while customisable programs will meet organisational needs.

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds Lifelong Learning Centre is both a multi-disciplinary school running undergraduate courses, and a specialist service supporting mature and part-time learners across the University. We deliver courses that encourage and support student diversity, with a focus on students from under-represented groups or who don’t have traditional qualifications.  We also offer support to current and prospective mature, part-time and Foundation level students, and apprentices. This is done through offering one-to-one advice and guidance sessions, open days and subject events to help adult learners decide pathways into higher education.

University of Lincoln

Situated in the heart of a historic city on the beautiful Brayford Pool Waterfront, the University of Lincoln is proud of its reputation for putting students at the heart of everything it does. We are ranked in the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2023, listed in the world’s top 130 universities in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Young University Rankings 2022, and hold a top five-star score overall in the QS Stars rating system of global universities.

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a founding member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 research-led universities in the UK. Today it is a community of over 31,000 students, drawn from the UK and across the globe. Known for being “the original redbrick”, its ethos is rooted in excellent teaching and world leading research combined to create life-changing experiences for students and to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. It was awarded TEF gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023, and 91% of its research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. It comprises three faculties, spanning a broad range of teaching and research in the arts and sciences. The University’s commitment to lifelong learning is reflected in its vibrant Continuing Education Department and Open Languages programme, the highly successful Go Higher Humanities Access Diploma and Health and Life Sciences Foundation, as well as other offers for mature learners.

Middlesex University London

Middlesex University London is a public research university in Hendon, northwest London, England. Middlesex has a student body of over 19,000 in London and over 37,000 globally. The university has student exchange links with over 100 universities in 22 countries across Europe, the United States, and the world. Courses are delivered by the Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of the Arts and Creative Industries.

University of Manchester

We’re on a mission to create lifelong flexible learning that is inclusive, accessible and international, preparing our graduates for an increasingly digital world that demands agility, creativity, and digital proficiency.

We’re expanding our lifelong learning portfolio, working with partners to give learners the skills they need to progress throughout their careers.

Newcastle University

Newcastle University is a UK public research university based in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England with overseas campuses in Singapore and Malaysia. The university subdivides into three faculties: the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Faculty of Medical Sciences; and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. The Education for Life strategy puts an increased emphasis on lifelong learning and flexible learning provision for a diverse learner population. With the establishment of the Lifelong Learning and Apprenticeship Hub, the University is committed to develop innovative and flexible apprenticeships, part-time and short courses in partnership with employers and FE colleges.

University of Nottingham

Based in Nottingham, England, University of  Nottingham is organised into five constituent faculties, within which there are more than 50 schools, departments, institutes and research centres. Nottingham has more than 46,000 students and 7,000 staff across the UK, China and Malaysia.The University of Nottingham traces its origins to the founding of an adult education school in 1798. In 1875, an anonymous donor provided £10,000 to establish the work of the Adult Education School on a permanent basis, and the Corporation of Nottingham agreed to erect and maintain a building for this purpose and to provide funds to supply the instruction.

Open University

The Open University (OU) is a public research university and the largest university in the United Kingdom by number of students. The majority of the OU’s undergraduate students are based in the United Kingdom and principally study off-campus; many of its courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate) can also be studied anywhere in the world. With more than 205,420 students enrolled, including around 34% of new undergraduates aged under 25 and more than 8,802 overseas students,it is the largest academic institution in the United Kingdom (and one of the largest in Europe) by student number, and qualifies as one of the world’s largest universities.

University of Oxford

Oxford University Department of Continuing Education provides opportunities for people from a wide variety of backgrounds to benefit from the University’s resources. More than 15,000 adult learners annually are enrolled on flexible, part-time courses at the University of Oxford, on more than 1000 courses and programmes offered through this Department. Oxford’s collegiate home for lifelong learning is Kellogg, whose 300 full-time students are joined by over 1000 studying for their degrees on a part-time, flexible basis.

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University has over 150 years of history. We started out as a small School of Art in borrowed teaching rooms and have grown into one of the UK’s top modern universities with a local, national and international reputation for teaching and research excellence. We  pride ourselves on providing an inclusive learning environment within which all students are supported to enable them to achieve their ambitions and beyond. As well as our wide range of full-time on campus degrees, many of our courses can be studied part-time and some are available via distance learning. We also work with other organisations to deliver our degrees within local communities across the UK. Our partners include further education colleges and large national providers. Through our apprenticeships we support individuals to work alongside gaining a higher level qualification, and in this way provide a route into degree level study for those who would not otherwise be able to access it.

SOAS University of London

Located in central London, SOAS is one of London’s top universities, with a friendly, cosmopolitan community of students.

SOAS is home to the leading research and expertise on the global issues of today. Its students engage with academics on these issues throughout their study. It is uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world. 

They challenge perspectives, broach debate, and empower students to question the global status quo and find solutions to the issues facing the world today. Their programmes are taught by respected international academics with inter-disciplinary expertise who are engaged in fieldwork and research that influences governments, industries and communities across the world.

University of Sheffield


The Department for Lifelong Learning plays a central role in the University of Sheffield’s continued commitment to mature learners. We offer degrees with a foundation year to students aged 21 or over, who don’t have the standard entry qualifications needed to apply for most degree courses. Our students can choose from over 40 different degree pathways, across the Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.  We also support prospective mature learners through our outreach and events programme, enabling applicants to build confidence and skills prior to entry to our programmes. Our staff have many years experience teaching and advising mature students, and are passionate about seeing them succeed whatever their background and educational journey.

University of Wales Trinity St David

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was formed on 18 November 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, under Lampeter’s Royal Charter of 1828. The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well as in the rural towns of Lampeter and Carmarthen in South West Wales.

University of Warwick

For more than 30 years, the university’s Centre for Lifelong Learning has been a centre of expertise in the education of lifelong learners in different contexts, with a focus on enabling adult learners to achieve their personal and professional goals by accessing a Warwick education, irrespective of background. The Centre for Lifelong Learning plays a vital strategic role in delivering the commitment of the University of Warwick’s Education Strategy, providing opportunities for alternative pathways into Higher Education, inclusion agendas and widening participation goals. Our values in lifelong learning focus on a lifelong, lifewide, cradle to grave ethos and our students join us for a range of access, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and Doctoral research programmes in professional, adult and lifelong learning.

University of West London

In 1860, the Lady Byron School was founded. It merged with more Institutions over the years becoming later the University of West London.

The University has played, and continues to play, a significant role in the educational, cultural, and economic life of its region. Over the years, leading academic institutions, career-specific training providers, and industry specialists have come together to make us what we are today – a university dedicated to your career.

Its vision is to be a model institution in the preparation of graduates who are economically, socially, and ecologically impactful. A university that challenges, inspires, transforms, and achieves wit values of:

  • Excellence: we commit to excel in all that we do.
  • Innovation: we commit to be creative, responsive, and progressive.
  • Integrity: we commit to be honest, ethical, authentic, and accessible.
  • Inclusivity: we commit to respect and embrace equality and inclusion.
  • Social responsibility: we commit to act for the public good.
  • Courage: we commit to take the risks necessary to achieve our goals.

University of York

York is a collegiate university and has eleven colleges. All colleges have equal status, and each has its own constitution.The colleges are deliberately assigned undergraduates, postgraduate students and staff from a wide mixture of disciplines. The Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a range of courses for learners who are looking for an accredited course or to study for pleasure.

University of Strathclyde

Glasgow is a vibrant multicultural city and the University of Strathclyde is at the heart of its city centre. It is home to over 30.000 students from more than 140 countries. Strathclyde is proud of its commitment to adult learning through its Centre for Lifelong Learning, Age-Friendly University status and its founding principle as a ‘place of useful learning, open to all’.

It is a socially progressive, technological university and is the only University to have won the Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice (2012 and 2019). Over the years it has been recognised across a variety of categories at the Times Higher Education awards. These include the coveted Business School of the Year and Workplace of the Year. It was also was named University of the year in 2024 by Daily Mail and it is recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 1996, 2019, 2021 and 2023.

Its priorities are values-led excellence, collaboration, creating impact locally and globally and providing learning opportunities for all regardless of age or stage in life or career.

Associate Member

The School of Innovation

The School of Innovation (TSOI) is a new, globally scalable, in-person university focused on mobilising students to solve global challenges, launching first in Manchester, in 2025.  The School of Innovation is set to provide groundbreaking projected-based degrees in collaboration with employers that focus on tackling real problems. In parallel, students will immerse themselves in a comprehensive life curriculum designed to nurture practical life skills, essential workplace soft skills, and holistic mental and physical well-being.


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