Continuing Education Open Day – Saturday 7 September

Saturday 7th September, 11am-3pm at 126 Mount Pleasant, University of Liverpool
We will be holding an open day for the general public on Saturday 7th September that will give a little taste of what Continuing Education and lifelong learning is all about. There will be talks covering a variety of subjects. These include an honest and up to date examination of Liverpool’s involvement in the slave trade with Alex Robinson, a thought provoking philosophical appraisal of the financial crisis by Dr Paul Smith as well as a talk on the practical effect that the crisis has had upon the population. Joanne Backhouse will talk about Egyptian art, a new and fascinating subject for Continuing Education whilst Brian Wheaton will entertain us with a discussion on the history of wine.
Alongside these discussions we will also host a creative writing workshop with Alice Bennett, a sketching session with Paul Gatenby and, for those with a musical interest, a keyboard session with Grace Allwood. You will also have the opportunity to sample Spanish and Mandarin in our language taster sessions! Running throughout the day we will have a paper folding and Chinese calligraphy workshop for you to sample Chinese culture. We will also have a presentation on the world around us, from a physics point of view from Stephen Hughes, who is teaching Introduction to Classical Mechanics in January.
After all of that there will still be time for a group reading of a popular novel with James Bainbridge.
This event is free to the general public – if you would like any further information then please feel free to contact us on 0151 794 6900 or email us at

Continuing Education Open Day 2013

Saturday 7 September, 11am – 3pm, 126 Mount Pleasant. 


Time 1 2 3 4
11am -12pm Keyboard taster with Grace Allwood Marxism & the global financial crisis with Paul Smith Sketching workshop with Paul Gatenby Spanish taster
12-1pm Sketching workshop  with Paul Gatenby The global  financial crisis and you with Stuart Sime Keyboard taster with Grace Allwood Mandarin taster with LCI
1-2pm Garstang Museum artefacts handling session with David Smith History of Liverpool & the slave trade a talk with Alex Robinson Creative Writing workshop with Alice Bennett The history of Wine with Brian Wheaton
2-3pm Reading with James Bainbridge Egyptian Art with Joanne Backhouse  The World in motion – Physics and us with Stephen Hughes

All information is subject to change – alterations or amendments will be updated on this website.

There will also be a Chinese calligraphy/brush painting and paper folding workshop by the Liverpool Confucius Institute for the duration, so you can pop in and taste a little bit of Chinese creative arts!

Continuing Education student achieves PhD

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A PhD student in archaeology has graduated from the University of Liverpool this week after starting his studies almost a decade ago on a Continuing Education (CE) Course. John Hill, 58, has been celebrating his achievement at an event hosted by the International Summer School following his graduation ceremony.

John worked in a bank before he started an archaeology CE course at the University of Liverpool. After completing the programme John enrolled on a Masters course in archaeology in 2005 before moving on to do his PhD investigating architectural design of pre-historic monuments. He is now a lecturer for Continuing Education and Summer School courses at the University.

Continuing Education gives anyone – from people just starting out or mid-career and hoping to progress, to those just looking to take a break or make a change – the chance to access accredited programmes which are pitched at undergraduate level.

“I’m very grateful for all the help, support and assistance that CE has provided me with. It opened the doorway to higher education for me” The courses, which range from ancient languages to science, can either be undertaken for University credit towards an award, or just for fun.

Commenting on his graduation, John Hill said: “I’m very grateful for all the help, support and assistance that CE has provided me with. It opened the doorway to higher education for me.”

Glenn Godenho, Academic Organiser for Archaeology and Ancient Languages, said: “Continuing Education at Liverpool prides itself on providing learning for a variety of people, each with their own particular goals, and John’s progression from CE to PhD is the perfect example of just how far extra mural study can take you. John’s passion for Continuing Education and his subject means that he is one of our most popular teachers, and I am pleased to hear that he plans to continue to develop and deliver exciting courses which are allied to his unique archaeological research.”

Dr Anne Qualter, Director of Academic Development and Lifelong Learning, said: “We are all delighted for John and proud to have had a part in his journey. He has been a stalwart supporter of Continuing Education for many years both as a student and more recently as a lecturer.

“Opening the door to Higher Education for adults of all ages is what we are about, and John is an example of how far you can go once you take that first step.”

If you would like to know more about Continuing Education visit for a full listing of our current programme. If you would like to know more about Dr John Hill you can view his new video entry on the geometry of ancient stones here.