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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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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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.

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.

Spotlight on Pathways

As part of Adult learners’ week, there is a ‘Spotlight on Pathways’ event on Saturday 18th May from 11.00am to 1.00pm at the Centre for Lifelong Learning on Senghennydd Road.

Our Pathway Co-ordinators will be on hand to discuss your study, including funding. This informal and relaxed event will be held in the Cafe (with complimentary tea and cakes) Everyone welcome! Take that first step towards achieving your ambition of studying an undergraduate degree at a world class university! There will be a Pathways talk at 11.00am and drop-in sessions from 12.00 noon.

Exploring the Past for a better future

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Exploring the Past, a unique access route to higher education at Cardiff University, has this year helped another seven local adult learners to transform their lives and progress onto a degree scheme.

Joanne Wesley-Williams, 40, and Penni Bestic, 59, are two of the seven students in total who have successfully completed the Exploring the Past Pathway through the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning and are now embarking on a degree at Cardiff University.

The award-winning Pathway is celebrating the completion of its second year having already secured degree places for two adult learners in the 2010/11 academic year. Run collaboratively by the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, it is designed to give adult learners the opportunity to experience research-led teaching first hand and progress towards studying a degree in archaeology, history or religion.

Like many other adult learners, Joanne missed out on higher education after leaving school. She decided to try the Pathway as a route back into education and used it as a means to better her life.

Joanne said: “As a mother of three young children it’s important to be a positive role model, but educationally I had nothing to sing about after leaving school 25 years ago with just my GCSEs. I’ve now found a way to change that and feel much better placed when encouraging my children to study hard for the future. Each course has provided me with a different set of skills, broadening my knowledge and boosting my confidence. By the time I had completed a few modules I felt I was ready to further my education and now I have a completely new outlook for the future. I have been given an opportunity to return to study and hopefully carve a new career doing something I love.”

After failing to find employment after redundancy and also battling with mental health issues, Penni decided to enrol on the Pathway and do something useful with her time.

Penni said: “I think when I started Exploring the Past I didn’t really believe I would be doing a history degree but the amount of support from the tutors, both academic and pastoral, made it seem achievable. I think it has also helped my mental health, I still have a lot of self-management to do, but help from the student support services has makes this possible. I’m really enjoying my degree course so far. It’s stretching but manageable. I am aware that I’m the oldest student but there are three of us who are definitely mature and we give it each other a lot of support. I’m very glad I did Exploring the Past as it was brilliant preparation. As to what I want to do when I finish: I’m not really sure as I will be close to retirement age. I think I would like to try and do a Masters.”

The Exploring the Past Pathway provides students with real life changing opportunities which have been recognised by the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) – the national body which represents part-time education in universities. The Pathway received a highly commended award from UALL in April 2012.

Courses are taught by people with both expert subject knowledge and the ability to support, inspire adult learners in a flexible timescale, framework and environment. More courses will be starting in January 2013.

National award for pioneering Cardiff history course for adult learners

A new course offering adult learners a route to a Cardiff history degree has won a national award from the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning.

Dave Wyatt receives national UALL award

The Exploring the Past programme is a joint project by the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion. Adult learners take courses at the Centre for Lifelong Learning which can count toward the first year of a part-time degree scheme.

The project won a Highly Commended award at the ceremony hosted by the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) – the national body which represents part-time education in universities.

Dean of Lifelong Learning Dr Richard Evans, who accepted the prize for Cardiff University, said: "The Exploring the Past programme was designed to reach people from backgrounds with little higher education tradition and to introduce them to undergraduate study. I’m delighted that the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning has recognised the programme and the benefits it offers people in our local communities."

Dr David Wyatt, Founder of the Exploring the Past Pathway, said: "This is an amazing achievement for all those involved with the Pathway. Exploring the Past provides life changing opportunities for adult learners to undertake degrees in history, archaeology and religion at Cardiff. Many of our students begin with little previous academic experience and face significant barriers to education. Exploring the Past provides an opportunity for them to study and progress in a nurturing and supportive environment designed for mature students. Indeed, the imperative to create a positive impact on our students’ lives is one of the driving motivations of the Pathway – I’d like to thank UALL for recognising this through bestowing this prestigious award."

For more information about Exploring the Past and other Centre for Lifelong Learning courses, please see www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/ .

Learning no longer in the past

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A unique access route to higher education has opened new avenues for a mother from Port Talbot who thought she’d left learning in the past long ago.

Hayley Bassett, 40, has successfully completed the ‘Exploring the Past Foundation Pathway’ through the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning and is now embarking on a degree in Archaeology and History at the University.

The Foundation Pathway is run as a collaboration between the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion. It is designed to give adult learners the opportunity to experience research-led teaching first hand and progress towards studying a degree in archaeology or history.

Hayley didn’t have the opportunity to continue with higher education straight from school, and has for some time been a full-time carer for her autistic daughter. She decided to try the Foundation Pathway as a route back into education and was one of the first students to enrol at the Centre.

Just eight months later she was accepted to study a part-time degree course in Ancient and Medieval History.

The flexibility of the Foundation Pathway enabled Hayley to manage her home life as well as achieving something for herself which for the past few years has been put on hold. She said: “I didn’t have the opportunity to study at university straight from school. I joined the pathway as a personal outlet because after a few very difficult years my self-confidence was very low. I was extremely nervous but soon started to enjoy the classes. The course has given me confidence in my abilities and made me realise that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.

“Studying history is something I really enjoy and I’m excited to continue with this journey. I am looking forward to becoming a ‘proper’ student, although I must admit I’m also feeling a bit nervous.”

Hayley will begin her studies at the University this September. She believes that if you are willing to learn and can commit to studying, you should take every opportunity presented to you.

Exploring the Past

Exploring the PastAn innovative new access route to higher education designed to give adult learners the chance to experience research-led teaching first-hand and progress towards studying a degree in archaeology or history has been launched by the University.

Exploring the Past is a new part-time foundation pathway into the University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion that has been developed to help people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds to realise their ambition to study at degree level.

The foundation pathway combines the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s experience of progressing and supporting adult learners with the internationally recognised research and teaching expertise in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

Exploring the Past will help participants understand more about their origins, identity and the nature of modern day society with teaching covering everything from pre-historic societies to ancient civilizations, medieval institutions to twentieth-century politics and culture.

As well as enhancing their understanding of the past and developing writing, reading and interpretation skills, all students successfully completing the course will automatically qualify for an interview for either a full-time or part-time degree scheme in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

Dr David Wyatt foundation pathway co-ordinator commented: “I am really excited about Exploring the Past! We have an amazing programme of courses lined up that are bound together by some very big themes like conceptions of power, gender, religion, national identities and, of course, the uses and relevance of history today.

Exploring the Past is specifically for adults returning to education, it allows them to study within a timescale, framework and environment designed to specifically cater for their needs. Most importantly our courses have the potential to contribute directly towards a degree: students successfully completing the pathway and interview can enter into their first year of undergraduate study having already completed half of it.

“The foundation pathway courses are free for individuals claiming benefits who have not previously studied at degree level. So Exploring the Past provides an ideal opportunity for the unemployed to re-skill and gain a higher education qualification in the humanities. I wish something like this had been available when I came to university as a mature student!”

Exploring the Past is made up of six 10 credit courses and is equivalent to 50% of the first year of a degree. The course will start on Thursday 14th October, 7-9pm in room 3.58, Humanities Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff. To reserve a place or for more information, please call Dr David Wyatt on 02920 870404 or the Centre for Lifelong Learning on 02920 870000.