The Ideas of War, 1914 by Professor Sir Hew Strachan


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.

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

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Continuing & Professional Education 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 Continuing & Professional Education, 21-23 Senghennydd Road, Cardiff.

Music in the community award 2014


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 – 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 Continuing & Professional Education’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 Continuing & Professional Education. 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 Continuing & Professional Education. 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

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

Information evening on Thursday 21st November at 6.30pm

front-coverContinuing & Professional Education 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 Continuing & Professional Education.  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 Continuing & Professional Education 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.

Continuing & Professional Education 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: 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.

Six adult learners have progressed onto degrees at Cardiff University

Exploring the Past BrochureContinuing & Professional Education 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 Continuing & Professional Education 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.”

Continuing & Professional Education 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.

British Empire Medal for student

Continuing & Professional Education student Eileen Younghusband, 91, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services and commitment to learning.

Eileen has been a student at Continuing & Professional Education for over 17 years studying Creative Writing and Spanish.

After completing a Diploma in Higher Education at the Centre, Eileen went on to study towards a degree with the Open University, which she gained at the age of 87.

After graduation, and with help from the Centre, Eileen published her first book Not an Ordinary Life, and she soon followed it up with her second work titled One Woman’s War. She is now in the process of writing a third which will be called Men I have known.

Eileen said: “I am completely surprised. I’d never anticipated that at 91 I would even be considered for anything like this. Older people who are able to continue learning really extend their life I consider. It’s no good just sitting back and doing nothing.”

“I cannot speak too highly of Continuing & Professional Education. The encouragement and support which I have encountered throughout the Centre both from tutors and support staff has been magnificent. Furthermore, I have managed to meet and make friends with so many interesting people. Without doubt, my quality of life has been improved by taking part in learning programmes.”

Among those that nominated her for the British Empire Medal is Dr David Wyatt. He said: “Anyone who has met Eileen knows that she is a very special person. Her sharp intellect, rapier wit, and well honed social skills remain undiminished by time. We all owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her contribution to Britain’s war effort. Moreover, in later life, her studies have provided her with the skills bring that important story, of the unsung girls from the RAF’s filter room, to the attention of the public. She has done this through her remarkable books, tireless presentations to schools and community groups and countless media appearances. Eileen is a remarkable communicator and inspiration, not just to adult learners, but to us all. It is a great privilege to have campaigned and worked with her over the last four years and to have played some small part in her receiving this award.”

Eileen is just one of almost 4,000 students that study at the Centre each year. The Centre offers a range of courses at a variety of levels for the general public – and not just in the subject area of Creative Writing and Spanish. You do not need lots of qualifications to study at the Centre, just an interest in a subject and a willingness to explore it in the company of others. Find out more online at

New publication announcement: The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett.

This new publication edited by our very own Co-ordinating Lecturer Dr Nicholas Jones, alongside Dr Kenneth Gloag, provides a wide ranging and accessible study of Tippett and his works.

Sir Michael Tippett is widely considered to be one of the most individual composers of the twentieth century, whose music continues to be performed to critical acclaim throughout the world.The Cambridge Companion to Tippett discusses the contexts and concepts of modernism, tradition, politics, sexuality and creativity that shaped Tippett’s music and ideas, engaging with archive materials, relevant literature and models of interpretation.

It features a range of international contributors including Arnold Whittall, Thomas Schuttenhelm, Suzanne Robinson, Edward Venn, Christopher Mark, Alistair Borthwick, Suzanne Cole, Iain Stannard and Joanna Bullivant.

As well as co-editing duties, Dr Jones has contributed a chapter on Tippett’s string quartets. Dr Gloag has contributed two chapters – one on Tippett’s concertos and one on his operas.

Find out more, or order a copy here. 


Student’s scriptwriting success

Fiona Black, a Creative Writing student at the Continuing & Professional Education reached the finals of Euroscript Screen Story Competition 2012 for her script she worked on during class: Tibetan Dust.

Screenwriters from across the world competed with only 20 being shortlisted – Fiona being one of them.

Tibetan Dust is something that Fiona worked on whist she attended the Centre’s online script writing workshop taught by Russ Gascoigne, who is an experienced scriptwriter for mainstream television.

Fiona said: “Students and writers may not be aware of the huge benefit of having a one to one tutor who encourages, criticises and guides. It allows one freedom to write at one’s own pace while
having the motivation of a mentor. The feedback from the competition echoed what Russ had said about the script. Russ helped, well above the course requirement and would be an immense help to any writer”.

Tutor, Russ Gascoigne said: “Having attended my course ‘Scripting a Television Drama’, Fiona came to me with a script on which to work during the ‘Scriptwriting Workshop Online.’ Based on her experiences travelling there, Tibetan Dust was full of insights into the country, its customs and its often fraught relationship with China. In particular, I advised Fiona on restructuring the script and consolidating the central storyline. She did this; taking the script though several rewrites, working from the notes I gave her. That it was shortlisted for a prestigious scriptwriting competition came as no surprise to me. It was richly deserved. That’s what the Scriptwriting Workshop Online course is all about: helping writers at whatever level to move on to the next stage, further develop their scriptwriting skills and realise their potential”.

Creative Writing courses at theContinuing & Professional Education, including Scripting Workshop Online and Scripting a Television Drama taught by Russ Gascoigne, are starting this September. For more information please visit