10 June 2016
Leicester Green Party are dismayed to learn that the University of Leicester is proposing to close the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning. This will end a 150-year old institution which has educated thousands of people in the city who were not able to attend university by traditional means.
It will also further cut off the University from the city, not least because it will end a programme delivered jointly with the Highfields Centre. The closure announcement comes after Leicester University shut Vaughan College, the purpose-built centre for adult education, three years ago. At that point they promised that adult education was now safe.
Their current claims that they are helping widen participation in HE, reduce the pay gap between male and female staff, and deliver benefit to the city in general, are all looking equally shaky. Sir Peter Soulsby needs to join us (and Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth) in condemning this decision and calling on the University of Leicester to reconsider.