Adult Education 100 Campaign - Free webinar series throughout April


We are writing regarding the next stages of the #AdultEducation100 Campaign and the launch of a free series of webinars aimed at stimulating further discussion and debate.

This builds upon the Report of the Centenary Commission on Adult Education, available free of charge from the Centenary Commission website.

Facing the devastation of World War One, the British Prime Minister Lloyd George created a Ministry of Reconstruction to advise on how society and the economy might recover. 

We face challenges equally great today, created by the global financial crisis of 2007-2009, the climate emergency, unsustainable inequality of income and wealth, and the threat of periodic global pandemics caused by a global free-for-all which has left communities across the world vulnerable. 

Arguably, the greatest contribution of the Ministry of Reconstruction was their 1919 Report on Adult Education, which led to the growth in provision of adult education and lifelong learning over the subsequent decades in the UK and globally.

Yet just when this is needed more than ever – with growing life expectancy, technological and industrial disruption, and societal challenges demanding discussion and debate – lifelong learning is being neglected. 

This series of four interactive, free-of-charge online events, jointly developed by the Co-operative College, The WEA, The Raymond Williams Foundation, The University of Nottingham and the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford will: 

  • Communicate the latest evidence and thinking;
  • Discuss and debate the issues;
  • Resolve on action globally to improve wellbeing locally.

These webinars will be introduced by the Chair of the Centenary Commission, Dame Helen Ghosh, with the sessions facilitated by Dr Cilla Ross, Principal of the Co-operative College. 

Each session will feature different guest speakers, drawn from the Centenary Commission’s members and patrons, as well as more widely.


These free webinars will be interactive, so numbers are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session will last for one hour, from 16:00-17:00 hours (British Summer Time)

You may book for one, two, three, or all four of the sessions (whilst places remain available). For more information and to secure your place please click here.

Kind regards


John Holford
Jonathan Michie