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Ulster University is proudly supporting the Derry City and Strabane Region Lifelong Learning Festival 2022 and will host a range online and face to face events from 25 – 29 April 2022.

Derry City and Strabane Region joined the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Global Network of Learning Cities in 2019 committing to focusing on using learning to tackle inequalities by:

  • removing barriers to learning,
  • making learning accessible to everyone in the city,
  • making learning enjoyable.

A learning city promotes lifelong learning for everyone, mobilizing resources in every sector to promote inclusive learning from basic to higher education. It encourages learning in families, communities and in the workplace, enhancing the quality and excellence in learning and extending the use of modern learning technologies.

Throughout the week long festival, Ulster University will be hostinga range of events including; Introduction to Acting, Inside the Ceramics Studio: A making session and a Manchester United Foundation and Ulster University - STEM Event All SySTEM’s Go. These events will be open to a range of age groups.

Professor Malachy Ó Néill, Director of Regional Engagement at Ulster University:

“Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole. We are delighted to support the Lifelong Learning Festival which will strengthen and further enhance the city’s capacity as a learning hub and centre of learning excellence.”

Lorraine Lavery-Bowen, School Partnerships Manager at Ulster University, said:

“I am proud to represent the University within the Learning City Network and support faculties and departments in showcasing what the University has to offer to everyone within the Derry City and Strabane Region.”

Garreth Harvey, Chairperson of Learning City Network, said:

“The Lifelong Learning Festival is a key part of our plan to raise awareness of Derry and Strabane as a UNESCO Learning City. The festival will provide a unique opportunity to uncover much of the tremendous talent hidden away throughout Derry and Strabane, aiming to remove barriers to learning, make learning accessible to everyone in the region and, crucially, make learning enjoyable.”

To register your place for the free festival events, please visit -