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.

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At the end of a week which saw the Britain mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that sadly claimed the lives of 72 people, we look back over the last week with the CLG and look forward to the coming week.

Last Week…

Last Wednesday, Dr Michelle Swainson, lecturer in Physiology with the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University, presented her Lunchtime Lecture, 'Should Fitness be a Clinical Vital Sign?'

This lecture provided an evidence-based insight into the associations between cardiorespiratory fitness and several health and medical conditions, as well as highlighting the links between fitness and mortality. It was a surprise to many attendees to find out that fitness is not routinely assessed in clinical practice and this excellent presentation expertly made the case that it should be considered as a clinical vital sign. Many thanks to Michelle for a lecture that was both accessible and abundant with common sense. We wish her luck in her quest to influence this area of practice.

Following on from Michelle’s lecture, we were visited by Marcia Smith and her colleague Chris to further test their forthcoming app designed to reduce social isolation amongst older people in rural areas. We were able to test the app out and comment on how user-friendly we found it. We also got plenty of chance to make suggestions that might improve the app before its release in the coming months. This is a very promising app with lots of potential to bring people together in rural comunities. I would like to thank them for asking us to test drive it. Also I would like to thank the group members who took the time to try it out and give constructive feedback. Marcia and Chris were very grateful for the input.

This week…

This coming Wednesday (20th June 2018) we had hoped to take a trip to Harewood House in West Yorkshire. Unfortunately, due to the ill health of a couple of our members, we have had to postpone this trip till a later date.

Instead we will attend the Lancaster University Undergraduate’s Art Show….

UNDER CONSTRUCTION, the 2018 Degree Show.

‘When spaces are under construction they are transient, dynamic and full of potential, a state which parallels the ebb and flow of our work and our development through university. This state also reflects our studios, generally closed and shielded as we work at all hours of the day and night but opened to present the culmination of three years of work from 45 students and the foundations of much more to come. Informed by artists and movements before us, we also acknowledge the art world with our title as something constantly shifting and developing, building on and developing that which has come before. Our practices divert into several routes, though we recognise that our different media and processes are not divisive but diverse. We hope visitors will enjoy “Under Construction” in the knowledge that this is a truly collaborative show and a celebration of our support for one another as we come together to present our work.’

CLG members should meet in the foyer of the Great Hall, part of Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts. This is on campus, to the left of the roundabout as you approach, beyond the Chaplaincy Centre.

Please meet in the run up to 1pm.

Refreshments are available to buy in the Great Hall foyer.

Thanks, we look forward to seeing you there.

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)