'I read Shakespeare and the Bible and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.'
Investing some time in 'further education' is an obvious candidate for a retirement occupation, whether it be for pleasure or for profit. The scope for choice is very broad, from Open University courses to residential Summer School, or evening classes at the local authority.
See some of the relevant websites:
http://www.open.ac.uk/ the Open University's web site
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/ . this part of the Open Univeristy's website gives free access to course materials for 500 study units covering 12 subject areas.
Coursera and Skillsoft are aggregators of online couses on a wide variety of subjects.
is a ''Guide to Learning for fun' from Direct Gov's website of 'Public Services all in one place'.
http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/112 Ted Talks is a world wide community focused on exchanging and spreading ideas. You can become a (free) member and share talks and ideas.
www.citylit.ac.uk City Lit is London's largest adult education centre
www.summer-schools.info a data base of summer schools in the UK
www.cont-ed.cam.ac.uk/IntSummer Cambridge university summer school
www.hero.ac.uk the official gateway to universities, colleges and research organisations in the uk, covereing both full time and part time.
It is likely that your local council will run have an adult education programme which can be reached online
eg for over 900 full time and part time courses organised by Kensington and Chelsea college see www.kcc.ac.uk
www.U3A.org.uk ; the 'university of the third age' is not a university in the sense that it awards degrees or diplomas, but its purpose is to encourage life-long learning. It has some 125,000 members in UK in over 500 groups, and these groups meet to discuss any subject from Christianity to cooking.
See Barry Davies' blog on how joining a U3A group will cahange your life in retirement .
http://www.tutorhunt.com/ If you would like to locate a personal tutor, or offer your services as a tutor, this site provides a free service for both tutor and student to locate each other. www.schoolofeverything.com does likewise.
If it is computer skills you are interested in, see what Digital Unite are doing to help oldies 'unleash their digital talents' http://learning.digitalunite.com
www.selectmytutor.co.uk. Select My Tutor provides a platform where Students, Parents and Tutors are connected to each other.
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