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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


This year has seen ICE host a range of activities to mark its 150th anniversary. As 2023 draws to a close, we look back at some of the year’s highlights.

ICE’s 150th anniversary has been an opportunity to recognise the Institute’s pioneering formation, brought about by the vision of campaigners Anne Clough and Josephine Butler and the educator James Stuart.

Since 1873, ICE’s mission has been to make education accessible to more people, regardless of background. That’s why Dr James Gazzard, Director of Continuing Education, emphasises that 2023 has been about “celebrating the genuinely transformational learning impact the Institute has had on so many adult learners, as well as thanking the academics and administrators who have worked tirelessly to facilitate that impact here at Madingley Hall and in the extension programmes delivered in village halls, town libraries and community centres across our region.”

With the anniversary reflections now over, ICE is determined to continue creating a welcoming community of adult learners from all walks of life – whatever the future brings.

“It’s vital that we keep innovating and adapting – from artificial intelligence to augmented reality – so that we offer people the tailored learning and support they need to embrace the changing world and the opportunities this presents.” says James.

Learn more: Prof. Mark Freeman’s book about the last 50 years of the Institute, The Vital Message: Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge 1945-2010 is published in December 2023.

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