The aim of this paper is to present the measures undertaken with regard to groups of people marginalised by two major adult educational sectors in Great Britain, namely higher and further education. The author describes the initiatives whose purpose is to increase the openness of educational institutions to the needs of adult learners. On the one hand, universities depart from their traditional and 'elite' character and offer more flexible forms of education in response to the needs of 'less traditional' students such as people above 25 years of age, women, or adults from underprivileged groups such as national and ethnic minorities or working class. On the other hand, further education institutions established with the intention of targeting 'young' adults have extended their offer to other age groups. Contemporary British educational institutions are increasingly more flexible in terms of their organization and methods of activity and are focused on work with people from various age groups. Not only the needs of these groups are observed but above all a consistent decision making process has been introduced, including financial issues, which offers the marginalized groups access to multifaceted forms of development.
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