Summer Breakfast Workshops full of tasty tips

Along with the hot weather came three hot topics for the Summer Breakfast Workshops run recently by Cardiff University.  Customer Insights, Consulting Skill and Visual Management Techniques were the topics covered by highly respected experts from Cardiff Business School who ran the workshops as part of the university’s Professional Development Membership Scheme.

Over 60 delegates attended the workshops from a range of organisations.  Ruth Jordan from Cardiff and Vale Health Board attended the Consulting Skills workshop, “This was an excellent insight into consulting from a very engaging, knowledgeable speaker”.

Sarah Lethbridge, Executive Education Manager at Cardiff Business School commented, ‘time is precious to business so holding the 2 hour workshops early in the morning enabled the attendees to be back in the office by mid-morning.  The workshops were designed to be short, sharp and practical and to share the university’s research and knowledge with business.’

Insights into the sessions were sent as ‘twitter teasers’ before the workshops with key points being tweeted live during the sessions.

Launch of Cathays High Confucius Classroom

Monday 15th July 2013 saw the official opening of the first Confucius classroom in Cardiff at Cathays High School.

The Confucius Classroom was launched by Mr Feng Zhi, the second secretary of the Education section of the Chinese Embassy, with representatives from the Welsh Government, the British Council and Cardiff Confucius Institute also in attendance.

The launch evening included musical performances from pupils at Cathays High School and a traditional Chinese tea Ceremony, as well as a tour of the dedicated Confucius Classroom, which was brightly decorated with Chinese crafts and examples of pupils work.

With their dedicated teachers from China, Confucius Classrooms are able to offer pupils Mandarin as part of their curriculum, as well as adapting subject areas such as History and Geography to include fascinating insights into China. Chinese teachers at the Confucius Classrooms also extend their teaching activities to other schools in their catchment areas, making extra-curricular and more regular teaching of Chinese available to many schools that might not otherwise have the resources or funding to deliver such enrichment.

Eluned Davies- Scott, Head of Community Education and the teacher responsible for the Confucius Classroom at Cathays High said, “It is a really exciting time for Cathays High School’s partnership with China. We are delighted to be one of about 400 Confucius Classrooms that have been established in over 100 countries, demonstrating once again the truly international status of Cathays High School.  We are a school that believes in opportunities for all and with China at the centre of the global economy the next generation will need to understand its culture and be able to work in its language”

Cathays High is one of 11 Confucius Classrooms across Wales which form part of the Wales China Schools initiative managed by Cardiff University’s Confucius Institute.  The school intends to develop Mandarin GCSE at the school, as well as using its Confucius classroom status to build partnerships with other primary and secondary schools to develop opportunities for Mandarin Language acquisition.

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Cathays High Students with Hanban tutor, Bo Liu

Mature Students’ Induction

To help with the transition to study and being at university a mature students’ induction is held in the third week of September just before most students enrol. It’s been run since 2005 and has been very popular with participants. Up to 90 students have attended each induction to date.

pic03168The induction includes sessions on study skills, how to use the Resource Centres and the IT facilities and generally eases you into University way of life. Staff will also be on hand to provide information or answer any questions about additional funding and support services at the University.

The induction is a great opportunity to meet other students and you have the chance to question the Mature Students Panel on their experiences. If you would like to know more about the induction please contact Tracy Breadmore-Lammas at the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University via her email BreadmoreLammasT@cardiff.ac.uk or Tel: (029) 2087 6182.

Mature Student Induction Day – Friday 20th September 2013

Invites will be sent to you once your place at Cardiff University has been confirmed. If you have not received your invitation by 10th September please email:

See also: Widening Access – Mature Students