The University of Leeds is committed to providing outstanding education to learners from diverse backgrounds. The 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 sessions, open days and subject events to help you decide your pathway into higher education.

If you have any questions, contact us through the Lifelong Learning Centre enquiry form.

Thinking about study?

Find out what it's like to be a student with us and what support is available to help you decide on the right path for you.

Advice and guidance

If you're thinking about returning to education but not sure where to start, we offer free, one-to-one appointments.

Taster events

Our free, virtual taster events provide the opportunity to meet our friendly teaching team and other adult learners returning to study.

"The support from the Lifelong Learning Centre put my fears to rest about university life. The inclusive environment made the transition to university much easier."

Colin, BA Professional Studies

Our research

As a School, we carry out research in many areas including:

  • teaching and inclusive learning 
  • student support, engagement, and experience 
  • equality, diversity, and inclusion 

Many of our academic staff are also active researchers in their own areas of expertise.

We are also interested in methodology and theory that can offer new insights and help shape and inform policy and practice in adult learning and widening participation.