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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Join adults from all over the world to be taught by leading academics. The range and variety of subjects means that there's something for everyone.

An exceptional team of tutors

You will have the chance to learn from some of our finest academics, and from each other. Being part of a community of intellectually-curious adults from all walks of life means there is no shortage of people willing to share new ideas and opinions.

A sense of community

Studying with us can simply feed your love of learning, but there are many additional benefits. People make new friends, expand their professional and social networks, and become part of a very special learning community. 

Whatever your motivation, our aim is to make the learning environment a welcoming, supportive and rewarding one for all. The Institute is a part of the University which is accessible to all, regardless of previous study or educational background. Our interactive sessions recognise, and value, the range of experience our students bring to the classroom. Discussion and debate bring the subjects to life, conventional wisdom is challenged and fresh possibilities explored. Peer-to-peer learning adds to the tutor’s own input: inquiry and interaction is encouraged.

Staff are on hand to ensure you are supported during your course – whether that means a reassurance that we have noted any special requirements, or simply to answer any queries during your course. We are committed to ensure that your experience is the best it possibly can be.

Lifelong Learning

Our Lifelong Learning courses are designed to inspire and encourage further study for personal enrichment. With topics ranging from magic swords in Literature to the future of electronics these courses offer something for everyone. Please click below to explore the full range of subjects and find out more about Madingley weekends, day schools and new Tuesday courses. 

Find out more about Lifelong Learning

View the full range of our Lifelong Learning courses here

We are always happy to be contacted either by email to or by telephone on 01223 764637.

Professional Studies

It may be that you wish to increase your knowledge of a subject for professional purposes. Many of our short courses can be studied for CPD, whether Coaching or the latest in Genomic Medicine.

Certificate of Attendance

At the end of your course you may, if you wish, request a certificate confirming the course that you have attended. Certificates need to be requested via email to and certificates are usually sent within 2-3 weeks.​

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Inspire your friends and family with a Continuing Education Gift Voucher - valid for short courses and online courses at ICE

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Contact us


Lifelong Learning: +44 (0)1223 764637
Admissions: +44 (0)1223 746262

If you are a tutor with ideas for short courses, please submit them here.