National award for pioneering Cardiff history course for adult learners

A new course offering adult learners a route to a Cardiff history degree has won a national award from the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning.

Dave Wyatt receives national UALL award

The Exploring the Past programme is a joint project by the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion. Adult learners take courses at the Centre for Lifelong Learning which can count toward the first year of a part-time degree scheme.

The project won a Highly Commended award at the ceremony hosted by the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) – the national body which represents part-time education in universities.

Dean of Lifelong Learning Dr Richard Evans, who accepted the prize for Cardiff University, said: "The Exploring the Past programme was designed to reach people from backgrounds with little higher education tradition and to introduce them to undergraduate study. I’m delighted that the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning has recognised the programme and the benefits it offers people in our local communities."

Dr David Wyatt, Founder of the Exploring the Past Pathway, said: "This is an amazing achievement for all those involved with the Pathway. Exploring the Past provides life changing opportunities for adult learners to undertake degrees in history, archaeology and religion at Cardiff. Many of our students begin with little previous academic experience and face significant barriers to education. Exploring the Past provides an opportunity for them to study and progress in a nurturing and supportive environment designed for mature students. Indeed, the imperative to create a positive impact on our students’ lives is one of the driving motivations of the Pathway – I’d like to thank UALL for recognising this through bestowing this prestigious award."

For more information about Exploring the Past and other Centre for Lifelong Learning courses, please see www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/ .