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 M0.40, 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 the book -

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‘ both by Dr Hywel Francis MP

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

Miners' Strike

 

 

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

MSP® Re-registration

This workshop is designed to take you from your current level of experience and recall of the MSP® method to re-registration readiness in 3 days. The workshop will build on your current level of knowledge and is flexible enough to explore individual and group questions. The workshop will end with the 1 hour 15 minute re-registration exam.

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Anyone wishing to re-register their MSP® Practitioner qualification and sit the re-registration examination. Registered Practitioner status expires after a period of 5 years. The APMG recommend re-registration between 3-5 calendar years of original certification

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  • A refresh of the current MSP® method and preparation for the re-registration exam.

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  • To refresh your knowledge of the MSP® method, including Overview, Principles, Themes and Processes
  • To enhance your ability to apply the MSP® method to programme management scenarios
  • To prepare for and sit the re-registration exam
  • To retain your Practitioner status

Please note: This programme of learning is intensive and will involve pre-course work as well as some evening study.

This programme is run in partnership with pearcemayfield, who is accredited to deliver the training.

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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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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

Professor LI Dan

 

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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