Community comes to FE
Provision varies considerably between colleges. At Anniesland college in Glasgow, they have adapted a former unemployed workers' centre, already home to a food co-op and a local credit union, but at James Watt's North Ayrshire campus they built a formal learning centre attached to a local school.
The Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning at Glasgow Caledonian university is studying such centres as part of a TLRP programme.
Professor Jim Gallacher, leading this project, says: "It's an under-researched area, but a very important one in relation to issues of social justice and social inclusion."