Press Release

10 December 2013

The Workers' Educational Association (WEA) has celebrated the special partnership that it has with Canterbury Christ Church by awarding the University with a unique Partnership Award.

The Special National Association Award 2013 was presented to the University by the WEA for the joint promotion of liberal studies courses for adults in Kent.

Since 2009, the partnership between the organisations has deepened and broadened to include collaborative work with the Pascal Observatory; developing outreach work in isolated communities; collaborating in the Community Learning Trust; and writing and presenting professional development activities for both organisations.

Most recently, Christ Church has undertaken research for the WEA into the learning needs of disadvantaged communities, funded by the Sam Butterworth legacy. Sam, a former teacher, was a WEA student and volunteer from Herne Bay who wanted others to benefit from lifelong learning as he had. Now, the WEA and the University, together with Kent Adult Education, are developing a Foundation Degree in Community Involvement.

Dr Wilma Fraser, Principal Lecturer and Programme Director of Community Arts and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University said: “We are delighted that our relationship with the WEA has been honoured in this way. Christ Church is committed to enhancing its links with our communities, whether local or further afield, and this award recognises just a few of the efforts that have been made in this pursuit.

“We are especially pleased to be linked with an organisation of the WEA’s standing providing adult education for over a century. We trust that the initiatives we are currently developing will be of benefit to potential students in Kent and across the United Kingdom.”

The partnership also helps to produce a yearly Community Arts and Education (CAE) programme that continues to develop its offer of short and day courses exploring artistic, literary, musical and psychological themes that enhance adults’ education in Kent.

The programme aims to offer courses that are inclusive and collaborative, with expert tutors who will provide maximum support to allow students to get the most out of their learning.

With political changes and funding cuts effecting the provision of adult education and community learning across the UK, the Community, Arts and Education programme is an example of the richness of provision that Christ Church offers its local and regional communities.

The selections of courses vary between 5, 8 and 10 weeks or day schools. Canterbury Christ Church University is pleased to enjoy the on-going support of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), Kent Adult Education and the University of the Third Age (U3A).

For more information or to book a place visit: or call us on 01227 863451 between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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