A second CPD webinar: a dose of lunch time learning

Professional Development Team and Dr Nick Niven-Jenkins preparing for the lunchtime webinar

Underwriters and Claims Assessors from some of the top UK insurance and reinsurance companies benefitted from another successful webinar ran by Cardiff University as part of their on-going Medical Underwriting CPD offering to the insurance sector.  All 100 places for the webinar were taken; with some companies showing it on a screen in their offices so a number of staff could take part together.

Feedback from the participants showed the webinar to be a big hit, with one delegate stating it was “very enjoyable, informative and discussed conditions in a way which was straightforward and easily understandable”.

To ensure the webinar had minimal impact on an organisation’s day-to-day operations it was organised over a lunch hour.  Participants heard a presentation on Cardiology, specifically Arrhythmias including symptoms, prognosis, and treatments.  Participants were invited to take part in interactive polls and ask questions that were answered by the presenter during the session. Key points were tweeted during the session and a full recording of the webinar was made available to download.

Following the success of these webinars a third is being planned for December 2013.  The topic will be chosen based on the feedback received from those who took part and responses to Tweets.

Business Development Manager, Clare Sinclair said: “Cardiff University has an award winning track record in providing specialist medical professional development for the insurance sector.  The courses we run are delivered by using a mix of online and face-to-face teaching so delivering the webinar seemed an appropriate method to use to introduce learners to the type of teaching to expect on our courses and the education experience they will have.”

Cardiff University has over 10 years’ experience at delivering specialised Continuing Professional Development courses for the medical insurance sector.  Previous courses have greatly impacted the organisations that attended via cost savings from reduced cases being referred to external medical experts, reduced errors and improved quality of decisions, quicker decision making, improved customer service, increased delegate confidence, and increased confidence from reinsurers.

For further information on the course, please visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/train or call 029 2087 5274.

30 years of friendship between Cardiff and Xiamen at the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

 

People celebrating

On the evening of 1st October 2013, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival reception organised by Cardiff Confucius Institute took place in the Council Chamber, Main Building of Cardiff University.

80 attendees from the Welsh Government, National Centre for Languages in Wales, Cardiff County Council, Cardiff University, South Wales Chinese Association, and local primary and secondary schools got together to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Cardiff and Xiamen.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Derrick Morgan made a keynote speech. He said: “We in Cardiff are proud of our twinning link with the city of Xiamen. As I’m sure many of you have known, in 1983 Cardiff became the first city in the UK to twin with Xiamen in the People’s Republic of China.

“Over the past 30 years the relationship between the two cities has been built on a varied mix of cultural, economic and education-related activities – including the Confucius Classrooms initiative which gives school children the opportunity to learn Mandarin as part of their curriculum.”

The Executive Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, Prof Anthony Beresford said:  “Welcome to everyone attending what I am sure will be a lively and enjoyable evening combining the performing arts, Chinese language and culture in a rich and engaging way. It is very appropriate that we are here in one of Cardiff’s most beautiful and prestigious buildings which combines the principles of learning, history and culture in such an inspirational setting. The activities planned for tonight for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival enable us to step a little way outside our normal range of experience and to enjoy the full cultural richness that the Chinese Martial Arts, Music, Dance and Traditional Costumes can provide.”

The Academic Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, Dr Xueyi Zhu said: “The Mid-Autumn Festival consists of three fundamental meanings: gathering, thanksgiving and hoping. I would like borrow these three fundamental meanings to extend big thanks to all of you. Many thanks for coming to make this happy gathering come true. Many thanks for giving strong support and collaboration in our Mandarin Chinese teaching both in Cardiff University and schools in Wales. We also look forward to our multilevel and multifaceted cooperations in the future.”

The attendees were fascinated by the Chinese musician and very much enjoyed the Chinese Martial art and folk dance performed by the Confucius Institute at London South Bank University.

Finally the guests played their favourite Mid-Autumn Bo Bing game, which is a unique celebrating activity in Xiamen characteristics, and also has been a traditional programme of Cardiff Confucius Institute as the game well combining culture, folk custom and recreation.

One year after another, Cardiff Confucius Institute has been changing, developing and growing, however, what is remained all the time is the Reunion and Harmony symbolised by the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.