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City Lit has recently benefited from a bequest from the Estate of Lisa Pontecorvo.

Lisa Pontecorvo was a social and environmental campaigner, who life was tragically ended in 2008, at the age of 64, when she and her bicycle were taken under the wheels of a lorry on the Holloway Road, North London.

Education played an important part in Lisa’s life, as her father became the UK's first university lecturer in genetics (in Glasgow). She read history at St Anne's College, Oxford, followed in 1966 by postgraduate film studies at the BFI. Latterly she became an archive film researcher, working for BBC/Open University productions, and later on in life took a primary teaching qualification.

Her close attachment to education therefore lives on in her memory, as leaving a bequest from her Estate to City Lit shines a light on her ‘legacy for good’. As we are fast approaching our Centenary, we will ensure that her bequest will form part of our centenary campaign thereby enabling us to champion the long term place for adult education in society, especially for those in challenging circumstances.

 

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2017 Budget reaction

City Lit has welcomed today’s Budget announcement from the Government that a £40m fund will be made available to help pilot new approaches to encourage lifelong learning, retraining and reskilling.

The key measure in adult education policy is a pledge to pilot new approaches to encourage lifelong learning, a reaction to the changing nature of work which increasingly makes retraining and reskilling at all stages of life essential. The £40m fund unveiled in the Budget will be invested to test different approaches to do this.

The Chancellor also announced an additional £500 million of investment in technical education, as part of its commitment to deliver in full the recommendations of Lord Sainsbury’s review on Technical Education.

Reacting to this afternoon’s Budget, Phil Chamberlain, Executive Director, External Engagement at City Lit, said

"It is encouraging that, in today’s Budget announcements, the Government has recognised the need to invest significantly in lifelong learning opportunities beyond school age - by committing to introduce a £40m pilot fund for retraining and reskilling adult learners through all stages of life. We stand ready to work closely with the Government to help implement these new lifelong learning pilots – so that Londoners benefit.  We also hope that the Government continues to recognise the significant impact adult education offers individuals up and down the country, and ultimately provide a long term strategy and funding commitment.”