Past Activites


Reaching Higher, Reaching Wider 2012

Elspeth Morris has been researching the barriers to accessing further and higher education amongst asylum seekers and refugees at the only dispersal point in north Wales at Wrexham. Informal advice sessions are held weekly, where participants can explore possibilities and gain information on courses and funding. RHRW's emphasis is now on communities first areas and many asylum seekers and those with refugee status are allocated housing in these communities first areas. The project works with, amongst others, the Welsh Refugee Council, Wrexham Refugees and Asylum Seekers Support Group, Open University, Displaced People in Action, Oxfam, Yale College and Glyndwr University.

Contact: Elspeth Morris

Carnegie – Skills for Rural Community Development 2008-2010

This research formed a learning needs analysis on skills for rural community development, developing an agenda for the next ten years in Wales. It was the Welsh element of a rural action research project covering Wales, England, Scotland, northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The research was sponsored by the Carnegie Trust UK and Bangor’s Lifelong Learning was partnered by Wales Rural Forum, the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Community Development Cymru.

In 2008 further work was undertaken with Carnegie and partners to action the research. In wales, this constituted 3 community partners who co-produced the action research report. The work has informed further developments in rural learning including a number of European funded projects.

For further information contact:

Research coordinator: Shan Ashton 01248383224


Grundtvig II Doing 2 Learn 2008 -2010

This is a two year EU/ Grundtvig Multilateral Project working with partners in Slovakia, Romania, Finland, Italy and Germany. The project aims to promote and develop older people's capacity to continue working and learning for as long as they want and to make an active contribution once they retire. Learners will be co-producing learning materials. This is increasingly important as Europe attempts to deal with an ageing population.

Contacts: Shan Ashton and Sheila Hughes


JISC AWESOME Dissertation Project 2008 - 2010

The AWESOME (Academic Writing empowered by Social Online Mediated Environments) dissertation project aims to develop, depoly and disseminate a social virtual environment to support undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation writing.

The lead partners are the School of Computing and the School of Education at the University of Leeds where the tools will be developed. Bangor University's role is to trial and evaluate the numerous new tools that will be developed with part-time students carrying out dissertations, particularly in outreach locations.

Further information Dr. David  Sullivan 01248 388477 or Dr. Brec'hed Piette 01248 382743


WERN Global Citizenship Project

This project aims to encourage research collaboration between University institutions in Wales.   The research team, led by Bangor University, is drawn from academic staff at Bangor and the University of Wales, Newport, with collaboration from the University of Exeter.

Contact: Dr. David Sullivan 01248 388477

Research to Support Sector Skills Equality Fund 2008

The first stage of this project is a scoping exercise on the research currently available related to gender, disability and BME issues in the Welsh workforce. The second stage will involve running focus groups with employers and representatives from several sector skills councils to help identify and understand the real and perceived barriers to employers engaging and developing employees from these under-represented groups. This project is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through Chwarae Teg. 


Project Director: Dr Brec'hed Piette

Research Officer: Elspeth Morris.

WLPAN on the Web

In co-operation with the North Wales Welsh for Adults Centre, we are working on a project to prepare web-based interactive resources to accompany Cwrs Wlpan y Gogledd, the intensive conversational Welsh course for beginners which is delivered in our Welsh for Adults classes across North Wales.

The main aim of the resources will be to give learners the opportunity to revise and practise the material that they have covered in class. The resources will also help anyone who has had to miss a class to catch up with the work.

The activities will include visual and audio tasks, vocabulary tests and video clips.

The resources should be ready to be used for the first time by students joining Welsh language classes in January 2009.

This work is being carried out in partnership with

Contact: Elwyn Hughes 01248 382259

There’s More to Learning than Earning: The Wider benefits of Lifelong Learning 2007 - 2008

This research project will consider the wider benefits of learning, specifically in respect of Lifelong Learning.  The main issues will focus around social benefits and social capital, motivation and barriers to learning. It will critically evaluate how learning impacts on the individual and what new challenges these present to Lifelong Learning providers and policy makers in order to contribute to social inclusion, widening participation and the promotion of  Lifelong Learning benefits for all. 

This project has funding from FACE (Forum for Access and Continuing Education)

Contact: Sheila Hughes 01978 316225

Reaching Higher, Reaching Wider

This project aims to increase participation in HE by non traditional learners and focuses on three separate strands of activity across the north Wales area

  • interaction with schools
  • shared community access
  • student retention

Project Manager: Linda Evans 01745 536000

Project Administrator: Sue Allely  01248 382835



GWLAD - Gaining Work Learning and Advice in Rural Areas 2005 - 2007/8

Logo for the GWLAD project

GWLAD is a unique partnership based in north Wales which is looking at innovative ways of delivering learning in rural areas.

Funded by ESF EQUAL 2, GWLAD is the Welsh word for ‘country’ and is an acronym that reflects the main work of our project – Getting Work, Learning and Advice in rural areas.

The partnership consists of a range of organisations from the educational, voluntary and community sectors including Lifelong Learning at Bangor University as lead partner; Medrwn Môn, the voluntary agency for Anglesey; the Black Environment Network; CAIS – a drug and alcohol rehabilitation organisation; Stonewall Cymru (Wales); Chwarae Teg, a women’s rights organisation; the Welsh Language Board; the Open University; McAlpine’s, a local employer.

For further information please contact:

European Social Fund logo

Project Director:
Dr Brec'hed Piette
01248 382743

Project Co-ordinator:
Patricia Reid


Grundtvig II: An Intercultural Approach to Active Democratic Citizenship 2006 - 2007

This project examined the role of education in helping to overcome social exclusion and promote the ideal of an inclusive European citizenship. Its aims are as follows:

  • Increase knowledge of the different cultures with the aim to facilitate coexistence and integration of citizens.

  • Discover and analyse the major difficulties with regards to the participation of citizens, lived out by different cultures in multicultural environments.

  • Substitute traditional teaching methods with those that are more interactive and democratic.

  • Establish link mechanisms from educational environments to local communities and promote extra-curricular activities.

The project has resulted in the development of a course aimed at raising awareness and understanding of intercultural issues.

Download the Citizenship in an Intercultural Europe course for free.

Contact: Dr. David Sullivan 01248 388477


Grundtvig II Cross-Cooking Project 2006 - 2008

The Cross Cooking project aims to rediscover and preserve traditions in cooking across Europe, whilst enhancing the possibilities of learning and cross-generational and cultural cohesion. There are 4 groups in north-west Wales and representatives of each group will have had an opportunity to visit and European partner project during activities and share information, skills and stories based around food and community life. The groups have taken part in numerous local activities and contributed to the Gwledd Conwy Food Festival in October 2007.

Contact: Shan Ashton 01248 383224



Learning Networks for Community Development, Enterprise and Regeneration 2008

In 2008, the Community Development Unit is celebrating ten years of activity and course development and delivery. Part of its newly evolving activities will be the Community Learning Networks programme.

The CDU can develop and deliver specific learning opportunities to answer a community’s needs. The provision will be planned with each community, delivery timed to suit each community and each community will contribute to developing the relevant content. The content will be highly focused on each community’s situation but in addition study visits can be arranged to other community groups in Wales, the UK or Ireland to see how they have approached similar issues.

The focus of each learning network may well differ according to each community’s need and all or part of the delivery can earn higher education credits leading to a range of accreditation or qualification. Costs will vary according to numbers involved and learning and accreditation undertaken.

Contact: Shan Ashton 01248 383224

HEFCW Work-Force Development Project 2007 - 2008

This project aims to develop higher level learning in the Welsh workforce in order to boost the economic competitiveness of Wales. It aims to extend the opportunities for mature adults in the Welsh workforce by engaging them in graduate education via the use of innovative blended learning and learning recognition activities. This will allow Welsh HEIs, in a collaborative context, to play to their strengths in designing, assessing and accrediting work based learning.

Phase 1 of the project (carried out by Lifelong Learning, Bangor University, supported by project partners) is a feasibility study which allows for the creation of a service development project linked to accrediting in-company training programmes and assessing outcomes of individual work-based learning. It will include a critical review of current workforce development activities between the business and the university sectors in Wales and map out the extent of AP(E)L  (Accreditation of Prior and/or Experiential Learning).

Contact: Lowrian Williams 01248 388407

HYSBYS 2004 - 2007

The Hysbys was a partnership between Lifelong Learning at Bangor University, the BBC and the Welsh Language Board. The Hysbys travelled the length and breadth of north Wales, visiting towns, villages and communities to familiarise the public with the aims and objectives of their local university and the other partners who formed part of the enterprise.

The bus contained computers and a broadcasting studio, so that the public could take part in taster sessions and short courses, surf the partners’ websites and contribute to their work. Advice and guidance was provided on the variety of courses offered by Lifelong Learning. There was also an opportunity to contribute to BBC content in Welsh and English across a variety of subjects, and with the Welsh Language Board as a partner the aim was to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language.

Hysbys Launched by Meri Huws, March 2005

Staff on the bus planned and adapted activities for the various communities visited. In addition to visiting towns and villages, the Hysbys visited major events in the north, such as the Urdd National Eisteddfod, Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau and the Anglesey Show.

Adults Learners Visit the Hysbys, 2006

The bus began its journey in March 2005. The Hysbys had its own website which reflected the work achieved and includeed a programme of activities and the bus timetable. By visiting the Hysbys people were able to learn, create and enjoy at the same time!

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¡Dime Tú! - Learn Spanish Through the Medium of Welsh 2005 - 2006

Dime Tu! Image of textbook to learn spanish through the medium of Welsh

When our programme of modules in Modern Languages was reintroduced in light of demand by prospective students, it was found that many who used Welsh as their first language. The innovative module Dewch i Siarad Sbaeneg (Beginners’ Spanish) was then developed so that the teaching of Spanish was done through the medium of Welsh. The next stage was to consider a text to accompany each taught session and ¡Dime Tú! was launched in November of 2005! Given the demand for a continuation course, ¡Dime Tú 2! followed within the next few months with this volume being launched at the National Eisteddfod in Swansea.

The development of both books was undertaken by Lowri Williams. The projects were funded by the Centre for Welsh Medium Higher Education and the project  managed by Delyth Murphy, Senior Co-ordinator in Lifelong Learning.

Contact: Delyth Murphy 01248 383761

Purchase the book and CD.

Leonardo Project Home Care In Europe 2002 - 2005

This project invested in developing an on-line training course for those working in the domiciliary care sector in five EU countries – Sweden, Hungary, Italy, Finland and Wales. The format of the resulting course was one of flexibility, allowing the use of accreditation of prior experiential learning, access to the course twenty four hours a day and at no cost.

The course can be studied as a stand alone programme or can be used to support the knowledge requirements of the National Vocational Qualification awards at both level 2 and level 3.

Additional information and details on how to access the course can be obtained by contacting:
Brec'hed Piette (

SEQUAL Development Partnership 2003 - 2006

Researching empolyability, discrimination and social exclusion.

The Sequal project investigated practical community interventions to enhance understanding and articulate complex and vital issues for strategy and policy development. T bangor University our theme for investigation was 'cross-cutting issues', which included geographical isolation, mental health and language.

Lead insitution: University of Surrey


  • University of Wales, Bangor
  • University of Bristol
  • Edge Hill College of Higher Education
  • University of Glasgow
  • London Metropolitan University
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Warwick.

SEQUAL was funded by the European Social Fund under the Equal Community Initiative Programme.

Project Officers (Bangor):

Research Officer (Bangor): Rhian McCarthy

Website: SEQUAL website

SEQUAL leaflet.

Dynamo 2004 - 2006

Logo for the Dynamo project

Dynamo was an entrepreneurship initiative financed and supported throughout Wales by the WDA, the material is endorsed by ACCAC. Its aim was to foster entreprenurial development in the young people of Wales.

Our training team held workshop days for teachers at venues across north Wales where they were allocated Dynamo resource packs for use in their schools.

More details are available on the attached flyers and at the website.

Dynamo Entrepreneurship Teaching Resources
Dynamo Entrepreneurship Teaching Materials

Contact: Alan Morgan