In 2014, the newly formed directorate of Access, Digital and Distributed Learning brought together three complementary centres; Centre for Flexible and Continuing Education, Centre for Widening Access and Participation and the Office for Digital Learning to work together to:
- Lower Barriers to Accessing Higher Education
- Curate a High Quality and Accessible Digital Campus
- Provide Flexible Solutions for Personal and Professional Development
ADDL's strategic objective is "ensuring institutional effectiveness in: widening access and participation, flexible CPD and non-MaSN provision, outreach and quality of digital learning provision and knowledge transfer".