Office of Lifelong Learning
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|Dean/Head of School||Dr Con Gillen|
|Affiliations||University of Edinburgh|
The Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL) is a school within the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. It is where the University reaches out to the wider community. It provides part-time and short courses in a wide variety of subjects during the day and in the evening.
Each year there are around 12,000 enrolments, from local people returning to learning, to professionals seeking to develop their skills.
It is currently subdivided into Three Sections:
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD): improving the knowledge and skills of personnel throughout their working lives. As part of this process, The University of Edinburgh offers a varied programme of short courses, evening talks, conferences, seminars, workshops and e-learning modules in specialist topics for those working in industry, commerce and the professions.
- Continuing Personal Education (CPE): Open Studies programme provides a wide range of courses for local people. No qualifications are necessary to enrol, and most are open to all adults.
- Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA): has been running the Scottish Tourist Guides training course for more than 20 years. The course offers a rich educational experience and a comprehensive curriculum covering everything from the geological formations of Scotland, the history and culture of this land, to the application of this knowledge in the everyday skills of professional tourist guiding.
The Buildings of The Office of Lifelong Learning
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The University of Edinburgh offers a varied programme of short courses, evening talks, conferences, seminars, workshops and e-learning modules in specialist topics for those working in industry, commerce and the professions.
The CPD Unit works with schools and colleges across the University in developing their CPD programmes to meet professional development needs.
Continuing Personal Education (CPE)
TheCPE Open Studies programme provides a range of courses for local people.
The Open Studies programme offers over 400 part-time, weekly classes each year. Many can be studied for credit, and credit may be accumulated to gain a Certificate of Higher Education.
Part-time Access course
The University of Edinburgh/Stevenson College Access Course is designed for adults living locally who want to return to part-time education. The course prepares adults (i.e. those aged 21 or over) for degree study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.