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Dr Alexandra Withnall

Honorary Associate Professor

A dot Withnall at warwick dot ac dot uk


Alex has been associated with Warwick for over 20 years, having retired from her post as Associate Professor in Lifelong Learning & Health in Warwick Medical School in 2009. She originally worked as Director of Continuing Professional Development in the former Centre for Primary Health Care Studies setting up and teaching on, a range of postgraduate courses; she also taught on the MBChB. Alex previously worked at the Universities of Keele and Lancaster and at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (now the Learning & Work Institute). She was a Visiting Lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Australia in 1998 and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester, 2009-2011. Her main research interests are in ageing, lifelong learning and especially, learning in later life. She has given invited lectures in universities in Australia, Austria, Canada, Israel, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Taiwan and has published extensively in the field. She has acted as a reviewer for a variety of international journals and has considerable experience as an internal and external examiner in universities in the UK and in Malta, Australia and New Zealand. In retirement, she has continued to occasionally teach, to research and publish, to contribute to international conferences and is active in a number of international associations and networks. In 2011, she was awarded a prize by the Educational Studies Association for her book Improving Learning in Later Life, the outcome of a ESRC funded research project. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Selected Recent Publications

Withnall, A. (forthcoming). A global perspective on later life learning in Findsen, B., Li, A-T, Wei, H-C (eds). Taiwan’s Senior Learning Movement: Perspectives from the outside in and the inside out, Springer.

Withnall, A. (2020). Older people and the importance of learning for their health/wellbeing in Northern Ireland Impact Forum on Adult Learning & Belfast Learning City, Learn Well, Live Well. Adult learning and health and wellbeing. Belfast: Learning & Work Institute.

Withnall, A. (2020). Older adults and Covid-19 in the UK: the changing face of learning. PIMA Bulletin No.32.

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