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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

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At the end of a week when British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ‘cyberespionage and disruption’, and British high street bakers Greggs apologised for swapping Jesus for a sausage roll in a promotional image for its advent calendar, we look back over the last week with the CLG and look forward to the coming week.

Last week…

Last Wednesday Professor Tony Gatrell of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University presented his lunchtime Lecture, 'We’re Quite Outgoing People - Therapeutic Mobilities & Ageing'.

Tony, a geographer by training with research interests in the geography of health and ‘medical geography’ drew on some recent research that considers ‘getting about’ in later life. He focused particularly on environmental context, social connections, enablement and disruption, referencing a number of works including the ‘Men in Sheds’ project and also work by the late British sociologist professor at Lancaster University, John Urry. Tony offered group members the chance to think about ‘mobilities’ in a wider context opening up possibilities and enabling us to look at the connections between space, place and health.

I will post the lecture in audio format on the website over the coming weeks:


This week…

This coming Wednesday (22nd November 2017) Dr Susie Balderston, Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University, will present her Lunchtime Lecture 'Changing the Laws for Assisted Dying?: Ethics, Evidence and Mental Health'.

Susie is a Research Fellow in social policy and criminology (violence against women). She specialises in tackling social inequalities, ethics and human rights, particularly with regard to disability, violence against women and safeguarding (statutory and voluntary sectors).

Susie gained her Ph.D. from Lancaster University Law School; it was the first Doctorate concerned with interventions with victims and Survivors of disablist hate crime and rape. She is Policy Director of a social enterprise of disabled people in Tyne and Wear (which she co-founded in 2003) and has conducted user-led policy development, training and evaluation in health and social care with the Department of Health, 32 local authorities, NHS Trusts and Police Forces in the last ten years.

Susie has served as an advisor to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Statutory Inquiry into Disability Harassment, EU Daphne four country research project with disabled women after violence and NIHR Barriers and Discrimination in Healthcare research. She was a lecturer in Social Policy at University of Salford for two and a half years until February 2017. She is also currently a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

In this lecture, Susie will look at the controversial, and topical area of the laws around assisted dying.

Susie’s lecture will be followed the Research & Discussion Forum where attendees will get plenty of chance to further explore the issues raised during the lecture.

Both events take place in Fylde Lecture Theatre 3 from 1pm.

Other news…

Morecambe Parish Church will be running its annual Christmas Tree Festival on the 7th, 8th and 9th of December. A tree display will be held in the church with a craft fair taking place in the War Memorial Hall. There is also a café with refreshments, mulled wine, live music and much more.

This is a beautiful festival of light and colour that provides an exceptional start to the Christmas celebrations. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy and a chance to buy some handmade Christmas presents from small, independent artisan traders.

The uniquely decorated trees on display are created by local groups and there’s plenty of information provided about each group in case you might want to get involved. If you look closely you may even see an attractive little CLG tree, expertly created and presented by Steering Group member, Rita.

The event runs 3pm till 8pm on Thursday and Friday and then 10:30am till 5:30pm on Saturday.

Admission is £1 per adult and accompanied children are free.

The venue is Morecambe Parish Church, Church Street, Morecambe, LA4 5PZ.

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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.

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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)