Over the last 25 years university continuing education departments have come under unprecedented threat, with many closing or changing beyond recognition. Yet this has occurred over the same period that their central values of social equity, accessibility and learner engagement are at the heart of the current rhetoric of wider and more inclusive participation in higher education. This book explores the many changes in continuing education from 1981-2006, including case studies of individual departments, and the role of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning.

A new book edited by Bill Jones, Geoffrey Thomas and Russell Moseley, published in March by NIACE, priced £24.95. Liz Marr spotted this publication and thought it looked interesting. Indeed, and Claire Callender of Birkbeck, University of London currently has our copy with a view to preparing a review for a future issue of the journal Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning.

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