Joanne Wesley-Williams

“..An empowering and rewarding experience that changed my life..”

Joanne Wesley-Williams encourages those with an ambition to study a degree to enrol on a pathway at Cardiff University.

Joanne Wesley-Williams is a real success story. As a mother of three young children, leaving school at 16 with just her GCSEs, Jo decided to begin her journey of learning by enrolling on the Exploring the Past Pathway at Cardiff University. Three years later Jo is about to embark on her final year of her History degree.

Joanne-Wesley-Williams-w“At forty-one years old, with three young children it’s important to be a positive role model,  but I had nothing to sing about educationally leaving school twenty five years ago with just my GCSEs. For me, part of the problem with returning to study was finding the time, so being able to take classes in the evenings and on weekends was a big help.

“The Exploring the Past courses have provided me with a different set of skills, broadening my knowledge and boosting my confidence. The classes are small and quite informal and it is a good opportunity to meet other adult learners from diverse backgrounds. Also, the level of support from the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Exploring the Past team, in particular Dave Wyatt and Richard Marsden, has been invaluable.

“Some people came along to the courses just for fun but several, myself included, became engrossed and decided to enrol onto the degree. Not everyone wants to go on to further study and that is fine as well as it’s a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and have lots of fun. I however decided to study full-time to speed up the process and it most definitely did that. It seems like such a short time ago that I was making my way to my first evening class, which changed my whole perception of what I should expect of my future. Originally, I had no real aspirations of what I might do with a history degree, and now with the end in sight I have realised the world is my oyster, the career avenues are endless.

“I can’t deny there have been several moments of uncertainty and more than a few frantic deadlines during my time at Cardiff University, being a working mum of three can throw you off balance at times! Becoming a mature undergraduate was not the scary rollercoaster ride I had imagined, but an empowering, rewarding experience that has changed my life in more ways than I can describe.

students-w“Being an adult learner is an advantage – I’m here because I want to be, not just because I can. If it interests you, go for it! It is never too late to try something new. All of the fears I had, turned out to be unfounded. I was worried that I couldn’t afford it and I didn’t have the time. Other things had prevented me in the past such as ‘what about the children?’ or ‘what will my family think?’ and most of all, ‘am I too old?’ In actual fact my children think it’s great and my family are very proud.”

Joanne is now studying for a BA in History at Cardiff University along with several other mature students who completed the Exploring the Past Pathway.

Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning currently provides pathways in the following subjects: Accounting and Finance, Archaeology, Business Management, English Language, English Literature, History, Journalism and Media, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Social Science, and Translation.

This year 27 local adult learners transformed their lives and progressed onto a degree through the Pathways scheme.

Further information

For more information on Pathways contact Dr Richard Marsden on 029 2087 5610 or marsdenr@cardiff.ac.uk.

Alternatively visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/pathways and contact our Coordinating lecturers for support and advice. For more information on all the part-time courses on offer come along to our Open Days on Wednesday 10 September from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm and Saturday 13 September from 11.00am to 1.00pm at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff.

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales. The Centre provides around 500 Lifelong Learning Courses a year. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provides short courses for business, public sector employers and the individual. The Centre also provides business language training at all levels, including translation services and interpreters. More information about pathways to undergraduate degrees and widening access can be found at www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities.  Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans.  Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff’s four flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to cancer stem cells, catalysis, neurosciences and mental health and sustainable places.

Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk

For further information contact:

Sophie Irvine, Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University

Tel: 029 2087 6342

Email:irvines1@cardiff.ac.uk

Pathway to Social Science students prepare to begin degree studies

Pathway to Social Science (1)Students who completed the Pathway to Social Science this year visited Cardiff University’s Glamorgan Building where they will begin their degree studies in September.

The Pathway to Social Science, a progression route to higher education at Cardiff University, sees 12 local adult learners transform their lives and progress onto a degree scheme.

The students are from a diverse range of backgrounds and show commitment and enthusiasm for their studies.

The students joined the Pathway to Social Science Coordinating Lecturer Jan Stephens, and previous Pathway students who have already started their undergraduate degree to get advice and support before they begin in the School of Social Sciences.

Why not start your learning journey by enrolling on the Pathway to Social Science? The Centre will take new enrolments from August 2014.

If you would like to find out more in the meantime contact Jan Stephens StephensJ4@cardiff.ac.uk or by calling 029 2087 6248.

Keep up-to-date by joining our Pathway to Social Science Mailing List.

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

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Cardiff University celebrates a successful partnership

Cardiff University celebrates a successful partnership with Student Volunteering Cardiff and Communities First at Family Fun Day.

The Widening Access Team at the Centre for Lifelong Learning will be celebrating the success of its partnership with Student Volunteering Cardiff and Communities First at this weekend’s Family Fun Day. The event has been organised by ACE Cardiff, SEF Cymru, Riverside Homework Club and Education Centre Wales who are all located in the BRG Communities First area in Cardiff.

The event, which will take place on Saturday 7 June in Butetown, will celebrate the participation and learning achievements of all the students who attend the area’s Homework Clubs which are supported by student tutors from Cardiff University.

It is expected that around 70 to 80 children will attend the day with their families, who will be integral in celebrating their children’s learning journey and enjoying the day’s activities.

Student Tutor Project Coordinator, at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Liena Abulaban said: “We are really looking forward to supporting this weekend’s event which will showcase the hard work of the students and the Cardiff University Student Tutors in particular”.

One of the Student Tutors, Rachel Ware said: “I have learnt so much about teaching and they say the best experience you can get is in a classroom – so homework clubs are surely the next best thing! It is so hard to get hands-on experience, so this has been invaluable. It definitely played a big role in securing my place in University to study a PGCE!”

The Cardiff Homework Club project gives Cardiff University students the opportunity to volunteer as part of a team that supports children aged 11-18 in their learning. Volunteers can progress to become Team Leaders and expand their skills set to include leading and managing small teams of volunteer tutors.

To find out more about the Homework Clubs Student Tutor Project please visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/widening-access/student-tutor-project/

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Free webinar offered as part of Adult Learner’s Week

Cardiff University’s Professional Development Team is hosting a free webinar to celebrate Learning at Work Day!

Taking place on Thursday 19th June @ 1pm, this interactive event will get you thinking about how to help your business stand out from the crowd.

Join our marketing expert, Keith MacGregor, as he talks you through unique selling points (USPs):

- what they are
- why they’re important
- how your company can exploit competitive advantages in the workplace
- your role in helping your business stand out from the crowd

There will be the opportunity to join in activity polls and discussions and to have your questions answered.

Places are limited so register now!

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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.’

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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 the Centre for Lifelong Learning and also the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

This lecture was part of the Exploring the Past Free Lecture series offered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning 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 the Centre for Lifelong Learning as part of its Pathways to a Degree programme.

To find out more about part time courses visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or call 029 2087 0000

To find out more about Pathways to undergraduate degrees visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/pathways

Is your school committed to delivering and developing Chinese?

If your school has been actively engaged in delivering Chinese cultural activities or Language sessions then you may want to consider becoming a Confucius Classroom.

With funding and resources provided by Hanban, including a dedicated Chinese Language assistant, this is an ideal opportunity to further promote and develop Chinese Language and culture within your school and the wider community.

This opportunity is open to all Primary and Secondary schools in Wales

For a preliminary chat, please contact Rachel Williams on 02920 875216 or e-mail Confucius@cardiff.ac.uk

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Principles of Marketing and Strategy

COURSE DESCRIPTION

As a student on this course you will:

  • Learn about different types of marketing strategies
  • Explore specific marketing issues facing companies today
  • Work as a team to develop and launch a marketing strategy

Who is this course for?

This new course is open to all and is specifically designed for those who would like a taster for the Pathway to Business Management / Finance and Accounting programme.

The course can also be taken as a stand-alone course for career development, as part of your CPD, or for those with an interest in Marketing issues.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through a mix of:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Student-led team work to achieve a marketing strategy

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

The assessment for this course is:

  • To develop and launch a marketing strategy

Reading suggestions

  • Principles of Marketing 4th European Edition by Kotler, Wong, Saunders and Armstrong
  • Marketing: real people, real decisions 1st European Edition by Solomon, Marshal, Stuart, Barnes and Mitchell

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.

Learn Mandarin!

Cardiff Confucius institute is pleased to be able to offer:

  • Afterschool and lunchtime Mandarin Clubs
  • China weeks –  to celebrate Chinese Language and Culture
  • China Days – a day of cultural activities and Mandarin language taster sessions
  • Welsh Baccalaureate weeks
  • Regular in-curriculum Mandarin sessions

Our experienced Chinese Language Tutors provide lively and engaging Mandarin language and cultural activities throughout Primary and Secondary schools in Wales at competitive rates.