Open College Networks, Northern College and Adult Education Archive OCN
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The collection shows the development of the accreditation-based Open College Networks for adult learning, which were founded in Manchester in 1982. The aims of the Networks were to allow adults without qualifications to further their learning and to study for accreditation, which would allow them access to Higher Education. It includes correspondence and publications, some of which were authored or co-authored by David himself. Other documents include Government papers with regard to the incorporation of further education colleges in 1992 and various publications relating to Lifelong Learning, including Helena Kennedy QC's report 'Learning Works'. Helena received an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in recognition of her support for Lifelong Learning.
Accreditation-based Open College Networks were initiated in Manchester in 1982 to recognise adult learning. From 1985 onwards the idea was enthusiastically taken up by Local Authorities, adult and community education providers, further education colleges and universities enabling people without qualifications to progress in their learning and on to higher education. As a result of these developments and a development project supported by central government, regional Open College networks were established in England, Wales and Northern Ireland leading to today's acceptance of Open College credits as national qualifications.
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