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The University of Bath in Swindon has launched a new course for adults considering returning to education
The University of Bath in Swindon has launched a new course for adults considering returning to education

Press Release - 15 May 2006

Demand in Swindon leads to new course for adult learners

Local demand has resulted in a new course for adults considering studying at university. The free course, run by the University of Bath in Swindon, will give people the opportunity to find out about life as an adult learner from current students and University staff. The course will run from Monday 22 to Friday 26 May.

Pauline Pratt, Director of the Creative Arts Week, said: “The aim of the Creative Arts & Advice Week is to raise the participants' educational aspirations and to offer advice and information about the educational opportunities available to them.

“The course will combine informal talks, the opportunity to meet people over 21 who have recently returned to education, plus the chance to try their hand at a range of creative activities.

“It came about as a result of demand from parents whose children took part in one of the University’s Creative Arts Weeks aimed at local schoolchildren.”

Each day includes a creative session, such as painting and Tai Chi, followed by a talk, topics include, ‘Personal skills and qualifications – do I have what it takes?’, ‘Can I afford to go to university’ and ‘Life as an adult student’. There will also be the opportunity to chat informally to current students.

The new course is part of a programme of Creative Arts Weeks aimed at children in the Parks and Walcot area which run during the school holidays. During the week local children have the opportunity to try a range of creative activities and find out more about going to university.

The Creative Arts & Advice Week runs from 9.30am to 2.30pm, Monday 22-Friday 26 May. It is free of charge to local residents over the age of 21, breakfast and lunch are included as well as all materials and there are free crèche facilities.

For more information, and to register for the course please contact Anne Olesen on 01793 328800 or email For general information about the Oakfield campus see

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