(2010) Active ageing and universities: engaging older learners

in Evaluation
Chris Phillipson & Jim Ogg, Keele University, UK

This report, for Universities UK, reviews the engagement of older learners (defined as those aged 50 and over) in education and training with particular reference to their involvement in higher education. It analyses exisiting data sources, drawing on a wide range of published sources as well as secondary analysis of survey data, and also new data commissioned from HESA. Findings show that only a small proportion of the 50-plus age group is involved in formal educational study in the UK, whilst informal learning in this age group has flourished.

Universities UK, ISBN 978 1 84036 229 9, February 2010


Older learners, higher education, formal learning, informal learning