Adult and continuing education is many things but it is, importantly, a health issue. Glasgow and the West of Scotland suffer high levels of morbidity and mortality for reasons that are complex and historical. Consequently, the response to our health challenge needs to be multifaceted and continue throughout the life course. Of the many inputs needed for physical and mental health, an opportunity to continue learning and developing throughout life is a key component. So, from a public health perspective, one of the most encouraging facets of life in our city in recent decades has been the growth of adult education activities and it is of concern that this encouraging trend may go into reverse. I respect the need for responsible financial planning within the University but the broader public benefit of DACE (including health benefits) prompts me to ask if there is not another strategy open to management.
Phil Hanlon — Professor of Public Health University of Glasgow