Understanding and Enhancing Learning Cultures in Community Based Further Education

Research Partners

Anniesland College in Glasgow and James Watt College North Ayrshire campus in Kilwinning are partners in the project. They are actively involved in the development and the undertaking of the project, and are providing vital support for the project.

Anniesland College

Anniesland College is located in the West End of Glasgow and has two campuses at Hatfield and Balshagray. It is organised into 7 schools, providing 12,000 students from over 100 nationalities with full-time and part-time courses.

Anniesland has close connections with the local universities to enable student articulation into related degree programmes. It also works in conjunction with local secondary schools and offers a wide range of link courses for school pupils. In conjunction with Community Education, it provides over 100 community based adult learning programmes.

Access, inclusion and achievement are at the heart of Anniesland College. A community college, Anniesland continues to gain recognition for its work within the community, working with resource centres in Ruchill and Milton and with over 250 local community groups. In 2003, the college won the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Social Responsibility Award, the UK National Institute of Adult & Continuing Education Award, the Learning Skills Development Award and the Scottish Further Education Unit Award for Leadership and Collaboration.

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James Watt College North Ayrshire Campus

The North Ayrshire campus is the fourth and most recent campus of James Watt College, opened in 2000. It serves a more rural location than the other campuses of the college. North Ayrshire campus attracted 3000 students in its first year. The courses on offer are designed to meet the exact needs of industry and the local economy.

As well as the main campus, it has two Community Learning Centres, one in Stevenston and one in Arran. The college also runs classes for Community Learning and Development (council-funded community-based adult learning) in other community-based locations.

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The project is an extension of the TLRP Phase II project 'Transforming Learning Cultures' (TLC), led by Phil Hodkinson at the University of Leeds. The TLC team are providing advice and support, and findings of the two projects will be exchanged.

User groups

The outcomes of the research will be of interest to the Further Education sector in general, and specifically those which provide community-based adult learning.

The Scottish Further Education Unit (SFEU) will work with the project team in the dissemination of findings at various stages in the project.


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