The 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.