Introducing Universal Class

Universal Class Logo
Over 500 educational courses – free!

Librarian Owen Grey writes…

Alongside Learning Nexus, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has recently invested in a fantastic new online resource for library users interested in the pursuit of lifelong learning!

Universal Class is a real treasure trove of online learning, with over 500 free courses to choose from, in almost any subject area you can think of. All you need to do is join the library (if you are not already a member) and sign-up online.

Subjects range from ‘Office Skills’ and ‘Psychology’ to ‘Performing Arts’ and ‘Finance.’ Each course comes with dedicated instructors, module based lessons, assignments and tests. You can sign-up and look for the course you are interested in anywhere, anytime: among the many benefits of Universal Class is the ability to learn at your own pace, and in your own time. This flexible approach is especially useful for those of us juggling multiple priorities in our day to day lives!

Of particular interest to existing customers of Kensington Central’s Business Information Point will be the online business courses, which are available to anyone wanting to study business, start a small business or need help with their existing business.

So – whether your interest lies in Mindfulness, Web Development or Creative Writing – visit our Universal Class information page and take the plunge! The service is completely free for library users. A whole world of knowledge awaits you…

If you want to find out more before getting started we will be holding introductory ‘Online Learning’ sessions during Adult Learners’ Week in June.

North Kensington Library: Tuesday 16th June 9.30 – 1.30
Kensal Library: Thursday 18th June from 2.00 – 5.00
Brompton Library: Friday 19th June from 9.30 – 4.30



Want to learn Gaelic, or improve your IT skills? Learning Nexus: June’s online resource of the month

Sandeep Dhaliwal, our Tri-borough Reference Librarian, writes:

As a library member you can now improve your computer, business and language skills with online e-learning courses!

Learning Nexus is a UK based independent e-learning publisher and solutions provider. They provide online courses for anyone and everyone, on a variety of topics, so that you can gain skills and expertise, for free (apart from the languages module, which is £5 for three months use).

The course range addresses many of the skills and much of the generic knowledge required in order to be effective in today’s work and business environment:

  • Health and safety including working safely, stress at work, slips, trips and falls, repetitive strain injuries and safe manual handling
  • Workplace skills including time management, organising and running successful meetings, communication skills and recruitment and selection
  • IT skills including office ergonomics, use of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 including Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Project (2007)
  • Languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Mandarin, Welsh, Polish and Scottish Gaelic

The courses are easy to navigate: simply choose the course you would like to take (for example, Excel 2007); choose a lesson within that course (for example, Formulas and Referencing), and then go! It’s a step-by-step process, and your lesson is saved as you progress, meaning that you can return to it and complete it at another time.

Lessons on Learning Nexus
Lessons on Learning Nexus


Learning Nexus lesson- office ergonomicsLearning Nexus lesson- office ergonomics
Learning Nexus lesson- office ergonomics


Completing a course gives you a certificate of attainment, and allows you to see an overall report of your results.

Learning Nexus skills assessment
Learning Nexus skills assessment

Learning Nexus is perfect for small businesses, who want to boost their employee’s knowledge; or for personal users, who want to gain confidence in a variety of skills- perhaps for job-hunting.

Please find links to the Learning Nexus user guide, or for a demonstration of this resource- and others- at Kensington Reference Library please e-mail A member of staff will be delighted to help and set you off on your own journey of discovery.

A full list of online resources which the library service currently offers is available here:’s blog entry will feature Oxford Reference Online.