Dr. Russell Moseley will be presented with the Chancellor’s Medal at Monday’s Graduation ceremony. The Chancellor’s Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the University’s work and development.
Dr Russell Moseley has served as one of the University’s senior administrators since 1988, and as the Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning since 2002.
The University has always had a strong commitment to the principle of lifelong learning, regarding it as one of the most important ways in which it can enrich lives – particularly those of people in the local region. Russell is a practitioner who wholeheartedly shares this view and who has worked knowledgably and steadily to make his department one of the best in the UK.
Under Russell's guidance, the Department has created a range of partnerships locally, particularly with Further Education Colleges. He has developed with them Warwick’s 2+2 degree programme and, more recently, Foundation Degrees. These programmes have enabled a steady stream of people to enter higher education who otherwise might never have had the opportunity to do so.
The past decade has been a challenging funding period for continuing education and lifelong learning, resulting in the closure of many departments in universities across the country. Russell, however, has ensured that this vital part of Warwick’s mission continues. He has steered the Centre into new areas, including teacher training for post-compulsory education (in 2007, Warwick was awarded one of the nine national Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Training); essential skills; counselling and, most recently, training for careers guidance. He accomplished all this while retaining the popular programme of Open Studies courses, day schools, and study visits and tours.
Russell has a strong national and international reputation in his field and has played an important part in developing policy and practice in the area of higher education in further education, a subject on which he has written a number of good practice guides. He has been involved in a range of evaluation projects in this area and has been Treasurer of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning. His national perspective on lifelong learning has been invaluable to Warwick during his long career here.
Russell retires from the University in September and it is a great pleasure to recognise his long and important contribution to Warwick by awarding him this Chancellor’s Medal.