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.

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

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