Continuing & Professional Education student wins RHS Gold Prize at Hampton Court

A Cardiff University alumnus and Continuing & Professional Education student, Anthea Guthrie, has won the Gold Prize in the Best Historic Garden category at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2015. The garden entitled ‘Winnie the Pooh begins his journey’ and sponsored by Botanica World Discoveries is inspired by A A Milne’s well-loved stories.

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Anthea was inspired to create the garden after attending a garden history course run by Stephen Parker at the University’s Continuing & Professional Education in 2014. The course, entitled ‘They made a garden’ showcased several writers’ gardens which were highly creative and motivated Anthea to design her own. She remembers that:

“Stephen’s presentations were truly eye opening and I began to think about doing a garden with a writer’s retreat. I added a further dimension to humanise it and give it a sense of time. The ‘hand, head and heart’ ethos of the arts and crafts movement, the huge interest in the natural, and the idea of inspiration coming from a child all came together to make ‘Winnie the Pooh begins his journey’. Garden history is a wonderful subject full of interest to anyone who loves social history, design, and of course gardens.”

In designing the garden, Anthea imagined a world where A A Milne would write in his woodland shelter finding inspiration in the sight of his son Christopher Robin playing with his toys – the original Winnie the Pooh and all the other characters. The garden combines the themes of childhood make believe and adult creativity by being both a writer’s retreat and a child’s wild playground. A prominent feature of the garden is an Art and Crafts style shelter with glass bottles and bubbles in a cob wall, which is placed at the end of a large country garden in the midst of wildflower meadows.

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Both Anthea and her husband have attended courses at Continuing & Professional Education and are very enthusiastic about them:

“’I firmly believe in learning and over the years I have had every reason to be grateful to the tutors at the Centre. (…) We are both grads from Cardiff (…), both missed studying and now, especially as we are getting towards retirement, it is good to know we will be able to choose from daytime and evening courses. We both like meeting the other students and have always found the groups and tutors welcoming. It’s a facility that would be greatly missed and we are very lucky to have it on our doorstep.”

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Flower Show took place between 30th June and 5th July. It is the world’s largest flower show and celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

If you’ve been inspired to learn with us, we offer courses in horticulture as well as many different subject areas. Discover our full range of courses on our website, or you can request a copy of our Choices prospectus here. We will also be hosting an Open Day on Wednesday 9th September 2015 which all are welcome to attend – for further details please visit our website.

Why ideals defeated common culture in WW1

Ideology triumphed over common culture in the First World War, historian Sir Hew Strachan told a packed Cardiff University public lecture on 21 May 2014.  The celebrated war historian told 250 eager listeners that the war took just weeks to break common cultural links and replace them with the crude ideologies of war.

The event’s organiser Dr Richard Marsden said, ‘It is fantastic to see so many people from all walks of life here this evening. This lecture series is all about taking research out of the ivory tower and putting it at the disposal of the public. We hear a lot about ’research impact’ in universities these days. Sir Hew’s research has certainly had an impact on hundreds of people here tonight, and he was given a run for his money with some great questions at the end.’


Attendees also enjoyed a cheese and wine reception before the lecture. The reception showcased some of the community-focused history courses and outreach projects at Continuing & Professional Education and also the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

This lecture was part of the Exploring the Past Free Lecture series offered by Continuing & Professional Education in collaboration with the Historical Association. These talks run on a monthly basis and offer members of the public the chance to find out about cutting-edge research in the Humanities.

The lecture series itself is an off-shoot of the Exploring the Past pathway, which offers a flexible route onto degrees in History, Archaeology and Religion to adult learners without formal qualifications. This is just one of a number of similar routes run by Continuing & Professional Education as part of its Pathways to a Degree programme.

To find out more about part time courses visit or call 029 2087 0000

To find out more about Pathways to undergraduate degrees visit

A Warm Welsh Welcome to Professor Li Dan

Li DanCardiff 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

New Hanban tutors arrive in Cardiff University

Cardiff Confucius Institute was delighted to welcome four new Chinese tutors from Hanban on 25 February 2014. The four new tutors will be based in three of Cardiff Confucius Institutes Confucius Classrooms –  St Cenydd Comprehensive in Caerphilly, Cathays High School and Lansdowne Road Primary School in Cardiff.

The tutors will be hosted by Cardiff Confucius Institute for two years and in that time will deliver Mandarin and Chinese culture classes throughout schools in Wales, as well as working within the Lifelong Learning Centre at Cardiff University to provide Language tuition to adult learners and undergraduates.


The four new tutors are (left to right) Yuchuan Liu, Weili Wang, Jing Liu and Qi Ying

Cardiff’s flagship Pathways programme is a chance for everyone to study a degree.

Information evening on Thursday 21st November at 6.30pm

front-coverContinuing & Professional Education provides a programme of pathways towards a degree for adults who may not have considered university education was an option in life.  Pathways are part-time, taught in the evening and at weekends and funding may be available.  Those interested are encouraged to come along to an event on Thursday 21st November at 6.30pm at Continuing & Professional Education.  The evening will be an informal opportunity to discuss degree options, funding and study support.  Students may also enrol.

Each Pathway has been developed with a busy adult learner in mind. For the majority, prior qualifications are not required to begin a pathway.   All courses are taught by knowledgeable and experienced tutors and take place in a friendly and nurturing environment.

Inside Narratives will be launched on the evening as one of the Centre’s NEW pathways. It is a collaboration between Continuing & Professional Education and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP) at Cardiff University. The evening will provide the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating topics the pathway will cover, how the pathway can support your creativity, study the stories we use to make sense of life, and how to further your imaginative ideas. Enrolments are open now for Inside Narratives which will start from January 2014.

Continuing & Professional Education is additionally launching the Cardiff Business School’s new pathway which will allow students to study towards a degree in Accounting (BSc) or Accounting and Finance (BSc). The new business courses will teach skills for those interested in a career in financial accounting, the core elements of financial management and will familiarise students with the concepts and methods through which management operates.

Further information can be found on the website: or for  Inside Narratives enquiries please contact Lewis Beer by calling  029 2087 4618 or for the Pathway  to Cardiff Business School enquires please call Jan Stephens, on 029 2087 6248.