The Ideas of War, 1914 by Professor Sir Hew Strachan

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This lecture will address how World War I became driven by ideologies very quickly after its outbreak despite the commonalities of culture and even religion in Europe before it.

Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning is pleased to welcome Professor Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls College, University of Oxford) to deliver this lecture which is part of an exciting series from the Exploring the Past FREE Lecture series offered in collaboration with the Historical Association.

Professor Sir Hew Strachan is Chichele professor of the history of war at Oxford University, director of its Changing Character of War programme, and author of The Politics of the British Army.

Advance booking for the Public Lecture is not essential and last minute attendees are most welcome. However if you definitely intend to come to one or more of the lectures, it would be most useful if you could register via our “Book now” facility or by clicking the link below:

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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.

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

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

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Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning 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 Centre for Lifelong Learning, 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? Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning 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? The Centre for Lifelong Learning’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

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“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.

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Music in the community award 2014

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Congratulations to one of last year’s winners Cyril Jones who is pictured here celebrating his success with Dr Nick Jones at our Award Ceremony in March.

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. 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 2014 and the award will be presented at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning’s annual Awards Ceremony in March 2014.

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Exploring the Past Pathway Celebrates 3rd Birthday

third_birthday_for_etpThe Exploring the Past pathway, an innovative widening access route offering adults without formal educations the chance to access degrees in history, archaeology and religion, has just turned three.

The birthday was marked with a reception on the evening of 6 November at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning. In particular, the event highlighted the achievements of the students who have completed the pathway over the past three years and are now studying on degrees in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. Current students and university staff also attended to show their support for the pathway and celebrate its successes over the last three years.

The event also inaugurated a new collaboration between the Exploring the Past free lecture series, and the Cardiff branch of the Historical Association. These monthly lectures are aimed at the general public and present an exciting window into research undertaken in history, archaeology and religion. This academic year, four of the ten talks will be Historical Association guest lectures delivered by renowned scholars from universities across the UK.

All the courses on the Exploring the Past pathway are informed by research and by an ethos of inclusion and open access to Higher Education. The collaboration with the Historical Association is very much in that spirit and is intended to bring the work of leading academics to a new audience who would not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with it.

The first Historical Association guest lecture was delivered after the birthday reception by Professor Gareth Steadman-Jones of King’s College Cambridge, who spoke to an audience of over fifty pathway students, undergraduates, postgraduates, lecturing staff and members of the public on ‘Karl Marx and the Village Community’

Richard Marsden, Exploring the Past Co-ordinator, said: “Since 2010 no less than thirteen adults from a wide range of backgrounds have returned to education via the Exploring the Past pathway and gone onto degrees in History, Archaeology and Religion. That is a fantastic achievement and they should be all immensely proud of themselves. Our free lecture series is a great way for anyone interested in doing the same to get a taste of what the pathway is all about. This new collaboration with the Historical Association means that we can lay on an even more varied and exciting programme of speakers – it is a very exciting time for Exploring the Past.”

These sentiments were echoed by Professor Peter Edbury, chair of the Cardiff Historical association, who said “We are delighted to be collaborating with the Exploring the Past Free Lecture Series, and we look forward to working together to bring cutting-edge research to a wide public audience in the future.”

These free lectures are open to all and are held at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning. The next talk scheduled is Two Centuries of “Pride and Prejudice” – Why Celebrate? With Dr Anthony Mandal from Cardiff University at 7:15pm, Wednesday 11 December 2013.

To find out more about Exploring the Past and the free lecture series visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/choices/exploring-the-past.

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

Information evening on Thursday 21st November at 6.30pm

front-coverCardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning 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 the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning.  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 Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN) 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.

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning 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: www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/pathways 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.

30 years of friendship between Cardiff and Xiamen at the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

 

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On the evening of 1st October 2013, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival reception organised by Cardiff Confucius Institute took place in the Council Chamber, Main Building of Cardiff University.

80 attendees from the Welsh Government, National Centre for Languages in Wales, Cardiff County Council, Cardiff University, South Wales Chinese Association, and local primary and secondary schools got together to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Cardiff and Xiamen.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Derrick Morgan made a keynote speech. He said: “We in Cardiff are proud of our twinning link with the city of Xiamen. As I’m sure many of you have known, in 1983 Cardiff became the first city in the UK to twin with Xiamen in the People’s Republic of China.

“Over the past 30 years the relationship between the two cities has been built on a varied mix of cultural, economic and education-related activities – including the Confucius Classrooms initiative which gives school children the opportunity to learn Mandarin as part of their curriculum.”

The Executive Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, Prof Anthony Beresford said:  “Welcome to everyone attending what I am sure will be a lively and enjoyable evening combining the performing arts, Chinese language and culture in a rich and engaging way. It is very appropriate that we are here in one of Cardiff’s most beautiful and prestigious buildings which combines the principles of learning, history and culture in such an inspirational setting. The activities planned for tonight for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival enable us to step a little way outside our normal range of experience and to enjoy the full cultural richness that the Chinese Martial Arts, Music, Dance and Traditional Costumes can provide.”

The Academic Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, Dr Xueyi Zhu said: “The Mid-Autumn Festival consists of three fundamental meanings: gathering, thanksgiving and hoping. I would like borrow these three fundamental meanings to extend big thanks to all of you. Many thanks for coming to make this happy gathering come true. Many thanks for giving strong support and collaboration in our Mandarin Chinese teaching both in Cardiff University and schools in Wales. We also look forward to our multilevel and multifaceted cooperations in the future.”

The attendees were fascinated by the Chinese musician and very much enjoyed the Chinese Martial art and folk dance performed by the Confucius Institute at London South Bank University.

Finally the guests played their favourite Mid-Autumn Bo Bing game, which is a unique celebrating activity in Xiamen characteristics, and also has been a traditional programme of Cardiff Confucius Institute as the game well combining culture, folk custom and recreation.

One year after another, Cardiff Confucius Institute has been changing, developing and growing, however, what is remained all the time is the Reunion and Harmony symbolised by the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

Pathway students achieve their ambition to study Social Science

The first cohort of Pathway to Social Science students have joined the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, after successfully completing the first part of their learning Pathway at the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN). The Pathway is part-time and taught in the evening and weekends and designed to give mature students the support and encouragement they need to fulfil their potential of studying at University.

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David Edwards, student on the Pathway commented “The Pathway is the best thing I have ever done and now means I will be a student at Cardiff University, which is quite an achievement for me and one I am immensely proud of. The Pathway is actually life-changing.”

Professor Amanda Coffey (Dean for Education and Students, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) commented: “We are delighted that eight students will be transferring to the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. This is exciting news for SOCSI as adult learners bring a wealth of knowledge from their own backgrounds and experience. The Pathway students have demonstrated commitment to their studies and have gained places on their own merit. They now have the opportunity to follow their own passions and explore research from experts in the field as they join around one thousand undergraduates in the School of Social Sciences.”

Pathway students attended a welcome meeting hosted by Professor Amanda Coffey and Jan Stephens, Pathway to Social Science Co-ordinator. Jan Stephens commented: “This is an important day for the students. They have all shown great promise on the Pathway and have worked incredibly hard to achieve this success. As mature students they confidently contribute to classroom debate and discussions. I am sure they will all succeed in their studies!”

The Pathway to Social Science is just one of many pathways offered by the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning. Others subjects are available including: history, archaeology, religion, business management, accounting and finance, European languages, translation, English language, literature, philosophy, journalism, media and cultural studies. For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/pathways.

Six adult learners have progressed onto degrees at Cardiff University

Exploring the Past BrochureThe Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce that six students have successfully completed the Exploring the Past Pathway and will be starting their degrees at Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion in the next few weeks.

Dan Jewson, one of the students progressing, said: “I will be starting an undergraduate degree in history in September 2013.  This would not have been possible without Exploring the Past. I have been given an opportunity to get back into academic study after a long break. The courses have helped me gain the necessary credits to progress to an undergraduate degree programme. Further, they have given me the confidence and self-belief to feel I can be successful at undergraduate study. Thank you to everyone associated with Exploring the Past.  Everyone has been so supportive and helpful.”

As part of the pathway students were encouraged to take part in a series of archaeological digs alongside professional archaeologists at Ham Hill, Dinas Powys and Caerau. Student Janet Maurice attended the dig on an iron-age hillfort at Ham Hill. She said: “The excavation technique was entirely new to me but also how the lead archaeologists took the bits of evidence from many different sections of the dig and from different techniques. The most interesting thing was the discovery of the artefacts. When I was there quite a few were revealed including two pig skulls, pots and bits of pots and best of all a Neolithic flint scraper. I am totally convinced I want to do archaeology. The collating of the information is very time consuming but produces amazing results.”

Exploring the Past is a unique progression pathway that is made up of six 10-credit modules in archaeology, religious studies and history. The pathway is collaboration between the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University and its framework and environment is designed specifically to cater for the needs of busy adult learners.

The Pathway Co-ordinator Dr Richard Marsden said: “All of us who work on Exploring the Past are incredibly proud to be involved in it and with the students who study it. This year another group of adults from a wide range of backgrounds are progressing onto degrees. Their achievement really shows that hard work and enthusiasm does pay off.”

The Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning currently offers another five Pathways, including: Accounting and Finance; Business and Management; Modern Languages or Translation; and Social Sciences. Two new pathways we will be added to the programme in January, leading to degrees in English Literature, English Language, Philosophy and Journalism.