Why you study with us….

We recently asked our students to volunteer for a photoshoot.  We regularly need photos for our Choices prospectus, for our website and social media.  Thankfully volunteers come forward as they want to help us promote our courses or as one student put it “to give something back!”

The photoshoot was also a good opportunity to gather student feedback and testimonials so here is a taste of why people choose to study with us, what they achieve and why they would encourage everybody else to learn too.

Ekaterina Kulit has taken Public Service Interpreting and believes the course had: “Useful information and encouraging and supportive teaching”. Her advice to others “It’s never too late to start to do something you’ve been dreaming about all your life”.








Lex Lamprey has studied with us for many years including Astronomy and Exploring the Past modules and he believes he has gained “A sense of confidence in my own ability in my chosen subject areas. I’ve also met some incredible people and have made lifelong friendships.  The level of knowledge of the tutors is often extraordinary.  Some of the assignments have been challenging but I wanted a challenge when I signed up and that’s what I got”








Jane Lorimer has studied Edible Landscaping and Social Studies courses: “As a result of the Edible Landscaping course I completely re-planned my garden.  Three years on and I’m enjoying the fruits of these labours – literally!  Doing the Social Studies course made me realise that I had skills which were underused and I am retraining in the health/wellbeing sector.”  Jane would encourage others as: “Initially I was put off by thinking I didn’t have time to study as well as having a full time job, I’m sure others feel the same.  But increasing the diversity of out of work activities is very rewarding.  It’s fun learning new skills!”

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If you would like to join Ekaterina, Lex and Jane and learn something new then we have many courses starting this April including:

Archaeology and Battle of the Sexes

Chinese for Beginners I

Introduction to Visual Basic

Java III

Using MySQL with PHP for the Web

Network Forensics

Scriptwriting (online)

Wonders of Nature

Exploring Creative Writing

Creative Writing Workshop

The French Revolution – the Greatest of all Revolutions

Professional Conduct in Public Services Interpreting

Digital Culture, Digital Lives

Composing Music (online)

The Mind’s I

The Making of the Modern Garden

Acceptance and Commitment Theory Skills


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A Warm Welsh Welcome to Professor Li Dan

Cardiff University Confucius Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Li Dan, from the International Politics Department at Xiamen University. Li Dan joins the existing team at the Confucius Institute as the Academic director.

Since its launch in 2008, Cardiff Confucius Institute has delivered a wide range of Chinese language and teaching programmes to adult learners through the choices programme at Cardiff University and has also delivered a wide variety of cultural activities for adults and school pupils.

Professor Li commented “I am honoured and very excited about coming to Cardiff to lead the Confucius Institute to provide courses in Chinese language and culture to members of the community, public and private sector organisations and university staff and students. The Confucius Institute acts as a focus for those involved in China-related research and teaching and in the past few years, our CI has achieved great progress in promoting Chinese language and culture. As well as this existing work, I look forward to focusing on academic exchange programmes, the  international conference grant, PhD in China Fellowship, Joint PhD Fellowship, and the visiting scholar in China Programme.”

Cardiff Confucius Institute will offer new Chinese summer courses in June and July this year through the LEARN summer programme. Autumn part-time courses for adults will be advertised from July.  For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/confucius-institute

Professor LI Dan


2014 is the perfect year to reflect on Cardiff’s proud sporting history – New Course

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Continuing & Professional Education is launching a new course this spring.  Coinciding with Cardiff being named as European Capital of Sport, Cardiff’s Sporting History will be delivered by leading sports historian Dr Andrew Hignell. The author of over two dozen sporting books and currently the 1st XI scorer and archivist for Glamorgan CCC, Dr Hignell will bring to the class his passion for Welsh sporting legends while providing a passionate introduction to Cardiff’s rich and proud sporting heritage.

One of the sessions will be held at the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket at the SWALEC Stadium, but this course does not just concentrate on cricket.  A variety of sports, teams and Welsh sporting legends will be discussed, as well as tracing the evolution of rugby and football, plus the creation of the Cardiff Arms Park and its modern metamorphosis into the Millennium Stadium and a barometer of national pride.

“With Cardiff being the 2014 European Capital of Sport, this year is a highly appropriate time to look back on the achievements of the men and women who have played such an important role in the sporting history of our great city, “ said Dr. Hignell. “ Without the efforts of so many people, plus the support of businesses and landowners alike, the sporting landscape of Cardiff would be very different.”

The 10 week course will begin on Thursday 1st May from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at Continuing & Professional Education, 21-23 Senghennydd Road, Cardiff.

A New Year, New Choices, new Pathways, a new you!

It’s 2014 and New Year resolutions are in full swing. Will 2014 be the year you choose to enhance your employability? Take a new Pathway? Continuing & Professional Education is busy planning part-time courses to help maximise your potential for 2014 and broaden your horizons.

Choices is Cardiff University’s programme of part-time courses for the general public, offering a variety of subjects so your study can reflect who you are. Whether you want to explore the past, learn a new language, or expand your love of arts and creative writing, we have the perfect course for you to achieve your ambitions. Courses are open to all adults and you don’t need qualifications, so don’t worry if it’s been a while since you studied.

Interested in developing your education even further? Continuing & Professional Education’s Pathways for Progression enables adult learners to access undergraduate degrees at Cardiff University. These are specifically designed for people with all sorts of backgrounds and help students to realise their ambition of studying for a degree in their chosen fields. Cardiff University welcomes applications from students with life experience and who may have been away from formal education for several years.

Here are some comments from our students:

“The Computer Forensics course has allowed me to consider career opportunities that I would not have normally considered. The courses provide the opportunity to explore subjects in a friendly and interactive environment, and offer a great chance to meet people with similar interest.” – Stephen, Computer Forensics Investigation and Response, Computer Studies student

“My knowledge of my chosen subject has increased a huge amount. I’ve met inspiring lecturers and interesting new people. I’ve found confidence in my learning abilities and I’m proud of the work I’ve put in. I knew I had it in me, and I’m delighted that thanks to these courses I’ve been able to prove it!” Alex- Exploring the Past Pathway student

So spend a little time this January on you this New Year and plan the new you!  For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or call 029 2087 0000 and request a copy of the CHOICES prospectus.