DSCN2427 edit.jpg

Welcome to the Senior Learners Forum...The web home of the Lancaster University Continuing Learning Group (CLG)

All visitors are invited to enjoy the site, view the content and listen to the lectures. This is an open resource for those who like to learn. see Recordings of Lectures page.jpg

Using this website you can:


At the end of a week which saw some movement in the British Government’s negotiations to extricate the United Kingdom from the European Union and the emergency services called to assist a Youtube prankster to extricate his head after cementing it inside a microwave oven, we look back over the last week with the CLG and look forward to the coming week.

Last Week…

Last Wednesday Dan Degerman, PhD Student with the Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion at Lancaster University, presented his Lunchtime Lecture, 'Brexit Anxiety: A case study in the medicalization of dissent'.

Dan began his lecture by looking at the reports in the British press which appeared following the referendum, claiming people were ‘flooding psychiatric clinics’ to receive care for their Brexit-related emotional suffering, and we explored whether this was an accurate portrayal of the facts or not. We watched a short piece of film of a distressed person visiting a hypnotherapist to deal with anxiety issues which he claimed revolved around the Brexit referendum. We heard how he was struggling with the things he was reading on social media and that the quality of his mental health was under threat from the barrage of information he was trying to process on the referendum outcome. We then saw the man discuss how much better he felt after the hypnotherapy. This raised a number of questions around the man’s ongoing mental health outside of the referendum event, as well as the effect of intensive social media use on mental wellbeing.

Dan then went on to look at the phenomenon of ‘medicalization of dissent’ and looked at how changes in the status quo can necessitate an end to the debate to avoid the exposure of further facts which may in turn threaten the new order. He examined both the methods of normalization which were employed immediately following the referendum and the methods of ‘othering’ employed, including claims of madness and mental health instability, while discounting (often valid) political concerns. Finally we looked at how this has affected voter’s capacity and will to participate in the political debate.

Dan’s background in philosophy and ethics, as well as his knowledge in political and legal theory, was evident and resulted in a very interesting lecture which worked on a number of levels and raised as many new questions as it answered. I hope to receive permission to put the audio recording online over the next few weeks:


This Week…

This coming Wednesday (13th December 2017) Barbara Coulton, CLG Group Member will present our last Lunchtime Lecture of this term and, indeed, this year, entitled 'The Vikings?'

Many of you will know Barbara from her attendance at our meetings and her inimitable input in our Research & Discussion Forums. Barbara studied at the Institute of Archeology, London University...She did a lot of digging! Later she shifted her focus from the Mediterranean to the Near East. She also has an interest in the Anglo-Saxon and Norse people. Though she hasn't studied in the native Scandinavian languages, she has carried out extensive studies in English and has visited a number of important sites as she has gone along.

In this talk Barbara aims to ‘pass on what is known as well as what is not known’.

We will finish the afternoon with a Jacob's Join and a good old fashioned chat as we catch up on news and gossip and look forward to our break over the Christmas period. Please bring food or beverages to share if you can. Don’t worry if you can’t.

Other News…

Here is a research project participation opportunity you may like to be involved with:

We are looking for participant aged between 40-49 years and 60+ to take part in a study investigating how the human perceives visual images.

The study will take approximately 60-90 minutes and you will be paid £10 for your time.

If you are interested in taking part, you can sign up via the university’s participant recruitment system:


Or alternatively…

Email Chloe Newbury


And Finally…

Well, that just leaves me to wish you compliments of the season. I hope that whatever form your celebrations take over the next few weeks, you enjoy them in the warm, loving company of good friends and family.

Thank you for all your support through 2017, be that lecture attendance, discussion contributions or just regular attention to this newsletter. It’s all appreciated.

See you in January 2018!


(and the whole CLG Steering Group)

Creative Adventures in Dementia
A Life More Ordinary Festival
17 & 18 May 2018
The Dukes, Lancaster

Still Me.jpg

Still Me Multi- Arts Group, The Dukes

The Dukes are thrilled to present a unique 2 day exploration of how the arts are touching the lives of people living with dementia in wonderful and remarkable ways.

‘A Life More Ordinary’ at The Dukes in Lancaster invites people living with dementia, family, friends, health and care professionals, artists, researchers and clinical commissioning teams to share and discover some of the ground-breaking ways that the arts help us to understand dementia better and play an invaluable part in how we journey through life together.

This event will include keynote speakers, performances and workshops by some of the most pioneering artists, practitioners, researchers and extraordinary people working with people with dementia, in a variety of settings and in unique ways.

Please join us to share your insights.

A Life More Ordinary is a 3 year project led by The Dukes, which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and memory loss and their friends and families by providing fun creative activities and film screenings in an adapted environment. The programme currently has 13 partner venues across the UK.

There are a limited number of Early Bird tickets available until January 2018.
General release tickets will be announced soon; keep posted for updates, key note speakers and activities.

To book Early Bird tickets to A Life More Ordinary Festival visit http://bit.ly/2iJD5Jp

Find out more about A Life More Ordinary: http://bit.ly/2AqdDmM

For further information contact: ggraystone@dukes-lancaster.org

Interview with George...

This is an audio interview conducted a few years ago with our friend George Henson on the subject of 'Learning Methods' in which George told us a little about his life.
The interviewer is David Pedder.

Thoughts #1 George Henson CLG short film_0001 by CLGshortfilms

An Outline of the CLG...

The Continuing Learning Group is an educational group based at Lancaster University aimed primarily at those middle aged and beyond, but open to everyone.

We are an independent group based in the Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) in the University's
School of Health and Medicine.

In this Wikispace we aim to provide information and resources for those either enrolled on the
education programme, those who just want casual involvement or even those just browsing the web.
All are welcome.

This is a place to find up-to-date news and information relevant to older learners, listen to
lecture recordings, enjoy presentations etc.

This site exists for your benefit.
We hope you enjoy it!


A varied selection of Lunchtime Lectures delivered by academics take place during term times on

Wednesdays at 1pm in Fylde Lecture Theatre 3 including Question and Answer Sessions.

This is then followed by the Research & Discussion Forum, also in Fylde Lecture Theatre 3.

If you're planning to attend either or both of the above, check the programme:

Lunchtime Lectures

Research & Discussion Forum


If you would like to contact us direct, you can do so by sending an email to:


Please Note: This Wikispace is entirely owned and run by the Continuing Learning Group
and as such Lancaster University and the Centre for Ageing Research are not responsible for the content.

If you would like to make a donation towards our running costs please do so here, thank you:


At the end of a week in which we learned that Hillary Clinton is to quit politics to open the world’s largest donkey sanctuary, and a parliamentary inquiry has been opened into the growing phenomenon of so-called "fake news", we look back over the last week with the CLG and look forward to the coming week.

Last week…

Last Wednesday, Professor Gill Baynes presented the first of her two lectures on Forensic Radiology.
Gill expertly took us through the elements of radiology which are used to determine gender, such as pelvic width and skull details. We then moved on to age determination based on bone development and also looked at ethnicity indicators.
There were some challenging photos in the presentation illustrating the types of case that Forensic Radiologists deal with. For the benefit of the sensitive amongst us, Gill was kind enough to warn us beforehand. This was a fascinating start to the two lecture series, and we look forward to Gill’s next lecture, which will take place on Wednesday 15th February 2017.

We followed on from Gill’s lecture with a vibrant and far reaching discussion in the RDF….

I will post the audio recording of the lecture on our website in due course:

This week…

This coming Wednesday (8th February 2017) Debbie Parkinson (Innovation Agency) & Andrew Michaelson (Care Innovation) visit to present their session, 'Get Active: Improving Physical Fitness and Quality of Life through Group Activity'.

A little information about ‘Care Innovation’...

"Care Innovation is an assistive technology solution founded by specialists in practical technology-enabled care solutions that engage, support and benefit people with the widest possible range of needs. Care Innovation’s flagship programme is Get Active, an innovative digital physical activity service that supports groups or individuals. Get Active can transform health and wellbeing across a wide range of ages and needs through directed physical fitness promotion aimed at extending healthy lifespan and addressing issues such as social isolation and digital exclusion."

A little information on ‘The Innovation Agency’...

"We are the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, covering Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, with around 4.1 million residents. Our footprint includes 22 NHS providers, 20 CCGs, nine universities and a large number of life science industry partners.

Our core purpose is to spread innovation, improve health, and generate economic growth.
We are catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale - improving health, generating economic growth and helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies.
We connect regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry - responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration.
We create the right environment for relevant industries to work with the health and social care system.​"

Following the lecture session there will be the Research & Discussion Forum where attendees will get chance to discuss many of the ideas raised.

We hope you can join us.



(on behalf of the CLG Steering Group)