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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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.

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.

British Empire Medal for student

British Empire medal

Lifelong learning student Eileen Younghusband, 91, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services and commitment to lifelong learning.

Eileen has been a student at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning 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 the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning. 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 Lifelong 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 cardiff.ac.uk/learn.