Institutes for Adult Learning

The Institutes for Adult Learning (the IALs) are nine long established community adult learning organisations who support over 130,000 adult learners (aged 19+) every year. While each of the nine is established in its own right, we are brought together as a network by virtue of having in common the status of “Specialist Designated Institutions” derived from the 1992 Education Act.

We work strategically as a group to share good practice, influence policy development and to deliver a vision – for every adult to be inspired, motivated and enabled to learn throughout their lives.

The nine members of the group are: City Lit, Fircroft College, Mary Ward Centre, Morley College London, Northern College, Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, Ruskin College, the WEA and WMC (Working Men’s College).

At the heart of what we offer is equal access to education and learning at every stage of life. The IALs provide a wide curriculum, offering a choice of entry points for people of many different backgrounds and interests. These include a high proportion of people from disadvantaged communities who often come to our courses with few or no qualifications, as a means of building their confidence to learn, perhaps with the intention of going on to further study for a qualification or to seek work.

The IALs work collectively to raise the profile of the positive impact of adult learning – engaging with Government, the GLA and Mayoral Combined Authorities and other influential national and regional stakeholders.

For more information please contact Chris Butcher (