Age discrimination was outlawed in the workplace in October 2006. Over 60s should be allowed to carry on working and shouldn’t be passed over for promotion just because of their age under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations. Theses regulations also apply to higher and further education and vocational training, but now—9 months after the regulations came in—a down side is becoming apparent for over 60s taking adult education classes. Many are being told they can no longer qualify for age-related advantages that aren’t available to younger people – particularly the discounts on the fees they pay for evening classes. Joining Liz Barclay to discuss this and other issues relating to Adult Learning are Tony Bartley, psychology teacher from Sandbach School, and Prof Stephen McNair, director of the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce at NIACE, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.
Far from idling away the long vacation, many academics and researchers, heads of departments and Vice Chancellors will be hard at it, all summer, desperately trying to win money for their universities in the next round of RAE, the Research Assessment Exercise. Professor David Papineau, from Kings College joins Liz Barclay to discuss the latest RAE.
Public Speaking is an art and a valuable skill that’s becoming increasingly important, whether you’re making speeches, verbal presentations or attending interviews. Done badly you lose your audience, but done well and it can help to improve your self-confidence and communication skills; and enhance your employment and promotion prospects. Joining Liz Barclay to discuss the art and value of public speaking is Sean Kennedy, director of Speaker Out Challenge and Phyllida Furse, voice trainer and development officer for The Voice Care Network.