Adult learners celebrate award success at special ceremony

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Over 200 guests joined in the celebration as students from Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning collected certificates and prizes presented by Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the Centre’s annual awards ceremony.

Every year thousands of adults across south east Wales and beyond enrol on modules at the Centre and many decide to use their credits towards an award.

Some students, such as Fatma Pinar John then decide to progress onto a degree.

Fatma completed the Pathway to Business Management in 2014 and is pictured receiving her Foundation Certificate from Professor Treasure.

 


Every time I attended my classes, I always felt that I was in the right place to pursue my dream!  Everyone in the centre from tutors to administrators are dedicated to their job and give constant student support. Their professional attitude gave me courage, confidence and joy during my studies. I have become an academic-oriented individual who enjoys educational challenges.”


 

Dr Zbig Sobiesierski, Dean of Lifelong Learning commented “This is a great opportunity to celebrate with our students whilst highlighting the breadth of activity the Centre provides. We aim to support and facilitate quality, accessible and flexible higher education for a diverse range of communities, individuals and organisations. Perhaps better known for our prospectus of courses for the public, Choices, the opportunities available have continued to evolve over time to include a range of widening access and professional development activities, which now include Pathways to Degrees.”

A variety of subject are available to study including: business and management, computer studies, humanities, international relations and politics, law, languages, science and environment and social science.

 

If you would like to join us in celebrating your academic success next year then find out more about all the part-time courses on offer by visiting www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/ or by calling 029 2087 0000.

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales. The Centre provides around 400 Lifelong Learning Courses a year.

More information about pathways to undergraduate degrees and widening access can be found at www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn

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Annual Project Management Alumni Event 2015

The annual Project Management Alumni event took place on 16th January 2015.   The event brought together alumni of the ‘Open for Business’ project management courses, encouraging them to maintain links with the University and each other and to share their experience of working in the field.

The session included a talk by Dr Maneesh Kumar, Cardiff Business School, who introduced the key concepts of Six Sigma and explained how this method can be successfully applied to project management scenarios in order to improve project outcomes.

He was joined by guest speaker Rhian Hamer of the Ministry of Justice, who introduced the continuous improvement method Lean and shared her experiences of applying Lean techniques to projects. The event culminated in lively discussion and questions followed by informal networking over refreshments.

Resources available from the event:

Social media live commentary from the event

Welcome to Choices 2015 Our part-time courses for adults.

 

CHOICES is Cardiff University’s programme of part-time courses for the general public.

There are a wide range of subjects to choose from and every year thousands of people join us to study for a qualification, to improve their CV, to meet new people or to fulfil their passion to learn.

Don’t just take it from us, our students are our best ambassadors.

Here are two of their comments about CHOICES courses and the Centre for Lifelong Learning:

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“I always felt that I was in the right place to pursue my dream. Everyone in the centre from tutors to administrators are dedicated to their job and give constant student support”

“The courses are a great environment for anyone looking to expand their knowledge or just to be around like-minded people interested in the same things”

You can expect to be stimulated and challenged and, on most courses, earn credits toward a qualification from Cardiff University.

These credits are also transferable into the requirements of other universities.

If you have studied with us before then CHOICES may look the same but, if you look closely, you’ll see that all the language courses are now listed under a new section on Modern Languages.

The programme, the quality of teaching and the learning environment will continue to provide you with a unique experience of language learning at Cardiff. However, this aspect of the CHOICES offering is now run by the new School of Modern Languages.

With so many courses on offer I know it can be difficult to choose but, whether you are thinking of taking your first course, continuing with your studies, or tempted by one of the Pathways for Progression onto a degree I very much hope you will study with us.

Dr Zbig Sobiesierski - Dean of Lifelong Learning

 
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Exploring the Past FREE Lecture

Sex and sorcery: the marriages of Philip Augustus, King of France

Philip Augustus, King of France

The Centre for Lifelong Learning has teamed up with Dr Tom Horler-Underwood, for January’s exciting FREE talk.

No need to book, all are welcome, just turn up on the night!

Speaker : Dr Tom Horler-Underwood (Swansea University)
Time : 7.15pm
Where : Room M0.40 Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff.
Date : Wednesday 21st January, 2015

For further information on the FREE talks we have coming up please contact Dr Richard Marsden on 029 2087 5610 or emailing MarsdenR@cardiff.ac.uk

 

 

Receive your Foundation Certificate at our special annual Awards Ceremony

If you have gained 60 credits from your studies you may be eligible for a Foundation Certificate

If you have gained 60 credits at Level 1 (CQFW Level 4) or Level 2 (CQFW Level 5) within one subject area then you may be eligible for a departmental Foundation Certificate.

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Receive your Foundation Certificate at our special annual Awards Ceremony.

This year we will be celebrating the achievements of our students at the annual Award Ceremony on Friday 6th March 2015.  There will be a cheese and wine Reception at 6.30pm followed by the ceremony at 7.15pm.  Proceedings will finish by 8.30pm.

WW1 Research by former student

Former Exploring the Past student presents at University-wide exhibition

The Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning is pleased to congratulate Dan Jewson, (pictured) presenting his research on Cardiff’s experience of World War One at a university-wide exhibition last Friday morning.

This was the result of work that Dan conducted in the Glamorgan archives in the summer of 2014, collaborating with academics and local heritage institutions and looking particularly at the impact of the war on women, children and immigrants in Cardiff.

His research was made possible by a £1300 grant from the Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP), which supports summer research placements for Cardiff University students.

Dan is a great example to those returning to learning little later in life. He started his journey at the Centre on the Exploring the Past Pathway and is now flying through the second year of a History degree at Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

Exploring the Past is a unique progression pathway providing adults returning to education with a route onto degrees in History, Archaeology and Religious Studies. It is designed specifically for people with busy lives and is taught by tutors who are recognised experts in their subjects. No prior qualifications or subject knowledge are needed – an enthusiasm for learning about the past is all that is required

The pathway’s co-ordinator Dr Richard Marsden said: “It is fantastic to see Dan’s research getting such recognition. What this shows is that adult learners have a vast amount to offer universities. Lecturers are always chuffed to have mature students in their classes for precisely this reason. Dan is just one of many former Exploring the Past students now doing great things on their degrees. I am really looking forward to working with the next group of pathway students looking to start their degrees in September 2015.


 

The Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning currently offers pathways to the following degrees: Accounting and Finance; Business Management; Modern Languages, Translation Studies; Social Science; Journalism, and Media Studies and English Language, Literature and Philosophy. Another pathway leading to degrees in Politics and International Relations will start in January 2015

 

Pathway students welcomed to Cardiff University School of Social Sciences by Head of School

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Head of Social Sciences, Professor Amanda Coffey, welcomed this year’s cohort of 12 adult learners who completed the Pathway to Social Science during 2013/14.

The Pathway to Social Science is a progression route to higher education at Cardiff University. The students are from a diverse range of local backgrounds and bring motivation and commitment to their studies.

 

Professor Coffey said: “I am delighted to welcome a new cohort of Pathway students into the school of social sciences. It is particularly pleasing to see that the opportunities provided through the Pathway modules enable adult learners to access degree level studies with confidence and enthusiasm.

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If you would like to find out more about the Pathway to Social Science 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

 

Remembering the Miners’ Strike

Remembering the Miners’ Strike, Thirty Years On by Dr Hywel Francis MP

Room E0.15, Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff

Thursday 6th November 2014 at 7.15pm

Admission is FREE. All are very welcome!


This lecture will explore from a personal perspective the unique patterns of solidarity in Wales during the miners’ strike of 1984/5 as outlined in Dr Hywel Francis’ books -

History on our Side‘ (2009) and the forthcoming book

Stars in the Valleys: the history of the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valleys Miners Support Group

There will be a Reception beforehand, starting at 6.30pm.

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The new Pathway to Politics and International Relations will be launched at this event offering adult learners the opportunity to study Politics as an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University.

Music in the Community Award 2015

Nominations are invited for the Leonard and Marian Jones Music in the Community Award. This award is given to an individual or individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the links between any aspect of music and the community, in and around the South Wales region.

The prize carries an award value of £250. Please send in your nominations to Dr Nick Jones – jonesn3@cardiff.ac.uk – by Friday 30th January 2015 at the very latest. The nomination must be made by an individual or an individual representing a group. Please include the name and contact details of the nominee and state, in no more than 500 words, the reasons why you have nominated this person. This supporting statement must clearly outline the ways in which the nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the links between music and the community, particularly with regard to the impact that the nominee and their project has made on the community, and the long-term sustainability of the project.

The winner(s) will be announced in February 2015 and the award will be presented at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning’s annual Awards Ceremony in March/April 2015.

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