Pathway students welcomed to the School of Social Sciences


Excitement was in the air as former Pathway students were officially welcomed to the School of Social Sciences by the Head of School, Prof Amanda Coffey.

Six students are transferring from Continuing & Professional Education, after studying social science modules part-time for one year on the programme which offers adults the opportunity to achieve their ambition of studying towards a degree at Cardiff University.

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.”

Every year adults from a diverse range of backgrounds choose to begin studying one of the nine pathways provided by Continuing & Professional Education in different subjects. In most cases previous qualifications are not needed and the only requirements are an interest and enthusiasm for the subject.

New undergraduate Deborah Johnson said “I felt like I needed to do something for myself and I have always wanted to work towards a degree.” And her advice to others “Just go for it! I totally surprised myself at how much I could do despite not studying for many years”.

Fellow student Alysha Sammut added “I couldn’t believe you didn’t need any qualifications to do it! It has been brilliant! I have made lots of friends and the subjects have been very interesting”.

Jan Stephens, Co-ordinator of the Pathway to Social Science commented: “I wish all former pathway students starting undergraduate degrees this semester the best of luck! All the hard work and commitment has been worth it as the students take a step closer to achieving their undergraduate degrees. Well done everyone!”

The Division of Continuing & Professional Education are pleased to announce that 15 students have enrolled on the first module of the Pathway to Social Science this year. To find out more visit



Coming soon – Our next Exploring the Past public lecture

Coutances cathedral

Our next talk in the free Exploring the Past lecture series is coming up soon.

‘Raising the lame from the ground and the poor out of the filth’: Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances’ accession and the character of the episcopate in Normandy in 1048

Dr Chris Dennis (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

Wednesday 7th October 2015

All talks start at 7.15pm and are held at Continuing & Professional Education, 21-23 Senghennydd Road, Cardiff. CF24 4AG

For more information please contact Dr Paul Webster on 029 2087 5610 or by emailing

More information about upcoming courses can be found here (

FREE Learning Technology Workshops for Students


  • Do you need help accessing and using your Cardiff University e-mail account?
  • Are you having trouble using the LibrarySearch facility?
  • Are you confused about Learning Central?
  • Do you need advice on using Google as a research tool?

As part of Adult Learners’ Week between 14-22 June 2014 the Continuing & Professional Education will be running a series of FREE workshops for students on the following topics:

  • Navigating Cardiff Portal [for Cardiff University students only]: using Cardiff University’s e-mail system and Learning Central
  • Smart Googling: using Google Advanced Search and Google Scholar
  • Using Social Media as a Tool for Learning and Research: looking at Google Blog Search, Google Alerts and social bookmarking pages such as Delicious

The full schedule for all sessions is given below.

If you are interested in attending, then please complete the Booking Form below and return it to Reception in person, or send it via e-mail to

Our Exploring the Past free lecture series is back!

We’re kicking off a new year of free lectures in archaeology, history and religion with the following exciting topic.

“I am a woman hear me pray”: How believing suffragettes are reclaiming the Qur’an for themselves

 Dr Mansur Ali (Cardiff University)

 Wednesday 9th September 2015

 All talks start at 7.15pm and are held at Continuing & Professional Education, 21-23 Senghennydd Road, Cardiff. CF24 4AG

For more information please contact Dr Paul Webster on 029 2087 5610 or by emailing

More information about upcoming courses can be found here (link to


Continuing & Professional Education tutor recognised at Inspire! Awards 2015

NIACE Inspire Award Ceremony

Preparing for the Awards Ceremony at the SWALEC Stadium (courtesy of NIACE Cymru)

Rhiannon Stevens, a community outreach tutor at Continuing & Professional Education, has been awarded a certificate of commendation by NIACE Cymru (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) in their annual Inspire! Awards Ceremony which took place at the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff on 11th June 2015.

The annual Inspire! Awards celebrate the wide variety of achievements of learners and the inspirational work of tutors in Wales. Outstanding projects, employers and learners are recognised at the ceremony. Rhiannon expressed her gratitude for her nomination:

“Thank you so for my nomination. It means a lot to me that my hard work is both recognised and appreciated. I love working in the communities across the South Wales Valleys and Cardiff. It is a privilege to see people empowered through education as this programme makes a real difference in their lives.”

Rhiannon received this certificate of achievement for being one of the top three tutors in Wales. Jan Stephens, co-ordinating lecturer for our Social Science courses, commented:

‘We are delighted that Rhiannon has been recognised as one of the top three tutors in Wales. This award highlights the hard work that all of our community outreach tutors do with students from deprived areas in the south east Wales area.’

The Awards kick-start Adult Learners Week 2015, an annual campaign which celebrates and promotes adult learning opportunities across the country which will run from 13th to 19th June.

At Continuing & Professional Education we work closely with communities and NIACE Cymru to promote a wide variety of learning opportunities for adult learners. As part of Adult Learners Week 2015, we will be running free information sessions on our popular “Pathways to a Degree” programmes on Thursday 18th June. We welcome learners from all backgrounds without the need for prior qualifications.

Inspiring Adults to Study Degrees

Adult student

Cardiff University provides pathways to undergraduate degrees for adult learners.

Two informal sessions are taking place in Adult Learners’ Week on 18th June at 12.00 noon to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 7.00pm at Continuing & Professional Education providing information on the pathways available.

The programmes are designed for those with life experience and we welcome applicants who may have been away from formal education for several years as no previous qualifications are required. Pathways are part-time and specifically developed to support busy adults to realise their ambition to study a degree in their chosen subjects including:

* Business Management, Accounting or Accounting and Finance * English Language, Literature or Philosophy (Inside Narratives) * History, Archaeology or Religion (Exploring the Past) * Journalism, Media or Cultural Studies (Our Media, Our World) * Modern Languages or Translation Studies * Politics and International Relations * Social Science

Many adults have progressed onto degrees at Cardiff University through a pathway. This year we are delighted that four previous Exploring the Past students will be graduating from the School of History Archaeology and Religion. Andy Parker, who is graduating with a BA Joint Honours Ancient History and History offers this advice to anyone considering studying.

“Age is no barrier (and in some ways an advantage!)

I am about to finish my final year of study on a Joint Honours degree in Ancient History and History, something which I really wasn’t sure would be practical or achievable for me a few years ago, but which has been one of my personal ambitions. I think I have learned a lot about myself during the past three years and perhaps most importantly about how I have changed since I last studied; I have learned my memory isn’t what it was 30 years ago, but that experiences during those years have added a great deal instead.”

To find out more visit

Our final free Exploring the Past lecture for 2014/15 is coming up in June

June newsletter

Title: Welsh heritage for teenagers: Re-writing the ‘Mabinogion’ in Alan Garner’s The Owl Service and Jenny Nimmo’s The Snow Spider

Speaker: Dr Dimitra Fimi (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

Time: 7.15pm

Date: Wednesday 17th June 2015

Where: Continuing & Professional Education, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff. CF24 4AG

For more information on our Exploring the Past lecture series please visit our website  or contact Dr Paul Webster on 029 2087 5610 or by emailing

Our Exploring the Past lecture series will start up again in September, so keep an eye out for the new schedule of lectures we’re planning for 2015/16!

Exploring the Past FREE Lecture May 2015


Das Land ohne Musik? Issues of Identity and Place in British Classical Music, from Elgar to the Cultural Olympiad

Continuing & Professional Education is hosting another free public lecture in May as part of the “Exploring the Past” lecture series.

Speaker: Dr Nick Jones (Cardiff University)

Time: 7.15pm

Date: Wednesday 20th May 2015

Where: Continuing & Professional Education, 21-23 Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG

For more information on our Exploring the Past lecture series please contact Dr Paul Webster on 029 2087 5610 or by emailing

Adult learners celebrate award success at special ceremony

Pinar and E Treasure

Over 200 guests joined in the celebration as students from Continuing & Professional Education collected certificates and prizes presented by Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the 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 Continuing & Professional Education 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 or by calling 029 2087 0000.

Continuing & Professional Education

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

More information about pathways to undergraduate degrees and widening access can be found at

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

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