Institute of Continuing Education

Institute of Continuing Education

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  • Madingley Hall, home of the Institute of Continuing Education
    Madingley Hall, home of the Institute of Continuing Education
The Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall provides part-time learning opportunities for adults.

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) has changed its name a few times over the years but we are the oldest continuing education university department in the country. We owe our existence to James Stuart – a great proponent of higher education for women and for the working classes, and Cambridge’s first real Professor of Engineering – who in the 1870s established a system of extra-mural lectures that led directly to university extension courses and today’s understanding of continuing education and lifelong learning.

Today, we have more than 6000 student enrolments each year and offer hundreds of high-quality, accessible, short courses and part-time educational programmes, all specifically tailored for adults and complementing the work of the University in full-time education. Courses range from short, non-award-bearing courses through to award-bearing undergraduate-level and postgraduate-level programmes and part-time Master’s degrees, not to mention our International Summer Schools that bring around a thousand people to Cambridge each year.

In 2013, we celebrated a double anniversary year: the Institute celebrated its 140th anniversary and our programme of International Summer Schools celebrated its 90th year.

We are hoping to make 2023 an even bigger celebration, but whatever the year it is worth reflecting on the ways in which you might be able to support us and help us to support our students with world-class facilities and programmes. All gifts, large or small, are very gratefully received.

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