About the WEA


“A better world – equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society

THE WEA   –  The WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) was founded in 1903 by clerical worker Albert Mansbridge, to create the chance to study for those who had not had the opportunity before. It was a bottom up, “doing it for ourselves” approach which we maintain today through our many  branches and our work with partner organisations to design courses which are matched to students’ desires and needs.

The WEA today is the largest voluntary sector provider of adult education courses in the UK. Through our regions (we are part of the East Midlands region) the WEA run 10,000 courses each year for over 150,000 adults of all ages and from all walks of life. We are committed to widening participation and to enabling people to realise their full potential through learning.

You don’t need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of our courses – only a willingness to share with others your ideas and experience with others.

Our Branches –  In their widest sense consists of voluntary committee members, our students, tutors and WEA staff. Our branches offer a vibrant programme of courses each term with the branch committees meeting regularly  to plan and publicise courses in their local area.

Students attending WEA courses are eligible to take part in branch meetings and will be made very welcome. We’re always keen to hear of your suggestions for future courses.

PLEASE NOTE: our branch committee members are volunteers; to protect their privacy their contact details are not available here. For any queries please contact  our Regional Office 0115 9628400. Your queries and messages will be passed onto the relevant branch.


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