As Chairman, I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to the Southport University Extension Society, known as SUES, which is a long-standing organisation dedicated to providing academic learning opportunities for the wider community. I, and my colleagues on the SUES Committee, pride ourselves on meeting the needs of our members who wish to continue to learn with us alongside other education opportunities or after their formal education has finished.
I have been immersed in education and learning throughout my life whether at university, on-line or in local church halls, sometimes to gain qualifications, sometimes to learn a new skill and often just for enjoyment. It always feels uplifting to learn more about yourself as much as the subject and a chance to challenge yourself too, often with the support of fellow learners. It is a real bonus to have SUES in the community and, through it, to continue to have opportunities to hear about fascinating subjects from knowledgeable and interesting speakers. The social side of learning is also important to members and it is always enjoyable to have chats and discussions with members over a cup of tea and a biscuit at meetings.
On this website you will be able to find out more about who we are and the history of the organisation. You will also be able to read about past events, the range of opportunities available in our current programme and also how to become a member. The cost of membership is kept very low through the Society using funds bequeathed to it to continue its work and encourage membership.
At a time when opportunities for learning in the community are decreasing, particularly for those in later life, we are pleased to continue to provide a programme of talks, courses and visits every year on topics that are varied and interesting and subjects often suggested by SUES members. I am pleased that the provision of talks and courses has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic by moving opportunities on-line and the establishment of the monthly electronic FORUM Magazine, which has been very well received. We hope both face-to-face meetings and visits will resume as soon as possible in 2021 so we can continue to meet socially, learn together once more and warmly welcome new members too.
Alan Potter (Chairman, Southport University Extension Society)