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As we hurtle rapidly towards the end of the term, we look back over the academic year with the CLG.

Last week…

Last Wednesday group members attended the Lancaster University Fine Art Degree Show - Under Construction.

This year’s show focuses on transience, dynamism and potential inherent when things are under construction. Work from 45 students is on display. Select works from each student are displayed in the Peter Scott Gallery, with full portfolios available for viewing throughout the art department buildings

A number of pieces speak about environmental issues such as plastic waste, climate change and loss of biodiversity, with some students choosing to highlight their concerns around damage and destruction by producing exquisite artefacts of beauty from waste materials.

The feedback from CLG members who attended was generally positive. Well worth a visit.

The show runs from Wednesday 20 June 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018.

Weekdays: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Saturdays: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Sundays

The work is exhibited across three venues on campus: Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and Bowland Studios


This week…

This coming Wednesday we will end the term, and the academic year, with a tribute the late, great Stephen Hawking, who died earlier this year.

“My name is Stephen Hawking, for the past 50 years I have travelled the world studying and lecturing about time and space, this film is a personal journey through my life, told in my own words.

Come with me and I will tell you the story of how I became who I am.”

Made for PBS in 2013 and screened in 2014, ‘Stephen Hawking: A Personal Journey’ provides an intimate and revealing look at Stephen’s life. Told for the first time in Hawking’s own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this documentary provides a personal journey through Hawking’s world.

Following the documentary we will have a discussion of Stephen’s work and achievements. Being our last session of the term, we also invite attendees to bring food and drinks to share.

We will then go on to have our Annual General Meeting before we break up for the summer.

In Research…

We would like to inform you about a research project currently underway at the University of Cumbria.

The research project:

Acute Responses to Differential Modes of Sprint Interval Training in Older Adults.

About The Study:

The purpose of this study is to compare different exercise modes, (cycling, box stepping, and static sprinting), during and immediately after exercise. The exercise intensity will be similar between all

modes, as defined by a sprint interval training tempo (this means each interval is completed at

maximal effort).

Participants should be:

Aged 60 and above and willing to partake in a physical conditioning program prior to further participation. This program will aim to ensure participants are sufficiently fit to undertake high intensity sprint interval training (SIT). This exercise program will require participants to complete 150 minutes of exercise per week over 6 weeks.

So, if you are reasonably fit and keen on a challenge please contact:

Zerbu Yasar (PhD Student and Research Conductor)

Active Ageing Research Group (AARG)

Department of Medical and Sport Sciences

University of Cumbria

Lancaster LA1 3JD


Thank you.

Other events…….

Halton Senior Co-housing Project is hosting an event at the end of the month.

Are you 55+ and looking for an affordable and convivial lifestyle?

You are invited to join in the next workshop if you are interested in moving to the new Halton Senior Co-housing Development. We still have room for new members so even if you missed the other two

workshops, come along and meet with other potential neighbours.


Come to Halton Mill, LA2 6ND

Saturday 30th June, 12:00 – 16:30ish

Please bring a simple lunch to share before the workshop.

It may be that some would like to go for a drink after the workshop too.

And finally…

And so ends another academic year. It has been a generally good year with plenty of variety. Our lectures have been many and varied, with lecturers from Lancaster University, University of Cumbria and beyond. We have explored many areas of thought and hopefully inspired you to look a little further. We were able to host a successful community event in Morecambe and are already thinking of possible themes for our next CLG event. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to Harewood house this term but we hope to revisit that idea again when we return.

We would like to thank you all for your excellent support and valuable feedback. Thank you for sticking with us despite the, often noisy, building work and general spine remodelling chaos. Hopefully by next term that will be nothing more than a distant memory and we will be enjoying the benefits of a campus which looks more like a lush, green, tropical island rather than a 1970s shopping arcade. We live in hope!

Best wishes,

Dave and the whole CLG Steering Group

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)