Cardiff University celebrates a successful partnership

Cardiff University celebrates a successful partnership with Student Volunteering Cardiff and Communities First at Family Fun Day.

The Widening Access Team at the Centre for Lifelong Learning will be celebrating the success of its partnership with Student Volunteering Cardiff and Communities First at this weekend’s Family Fun Day. The event has been organised by ACE Cardiff, SEF Cymru, Riverside Homework Club and Education Centre Wales who are all located in the BRG Communities First area in Cardiff.

The event, which will take place on Saturday 7 June in Butetown, will celebrate the participation and learning achievements of all the students who attend the area’s Homework Clubs which are supported by student tutors from Cardiff University.

It is expected that around 70 to 80 children will attend the day with their families, who will be integral in celebrating their children’s learning journey and enjoying the day’s activities.

Student Tutor Project Coordinator, at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Liena Abulaban said: “We are really looking forward to supporting this weekend’s event which will showcase the hard work of the students and the Cardiff University Student Tutors in particular”.

One of the Student Tutors, Rachel Ware said: “I have learnt so much about teaching and they say the best experience you can get is in a classroom – so homework clubs are surely the next best thing! It is so hard to get hands-on experience, so this has been invaluable. It definitely played a big role in securing my place in University to study a PGCE!”

The Cardiff Homework Club project gives Cardiff University students the opportunity to volunteer as part of a team that supports children aged 11-18 in their learning. Volunteers can progress to become Team Leaders and expand their skills set to include leading and managing small teams of volunteer tutors.

To find out more about the Homework Clubs Student Tutor Project please visit


Free webinar offered as part of Adult Learner’s Week

Cardiff University’s Professional Development Team is hosting a free webinar to celebrate Learning at Work Day!

Taking place on Thursday 19th June @ 1pm, this interactive event will get you thinking about how to help your business stand out from the crowd.

Join our marketing expert, Keith MacGregor, as he talks you through unique selling points (USPs):

- what they are
- why they’re important
- how your company can exploit competitive advantages in the workplace
- your role in helping your business stand out from the crowd

There will be the opportunity to join in activity polls and discussions and to have your questions answered.

Places are limited so register now!


Why ideals defeated common culture in WW1

Ideology triumphed over common culture in the First World War, historian Sir Hew Strachan told a packed Cardiff University public lecture on 21 May 2014.  The celebrated war historian told 250 eager listeners that the war took just weeks to break common cultural links and replace them with the crude ideologies of war.

The event’s organiser Dr Richard Marsden said, ‘It is fantastic to see so many people from all walks of life here this evening. This lecture series is all about taking research out of the ivory tower and putting it at the disposal of the public. We hear a lot about ’research impact’ in universities these days. Sir Hew’s research has certainly had an impact on hundreds of people here tonight, and he was given a run for his money with some great questions at the end.’


Attendees also enjoyed a cheese and wine reception before the lecture. The reception showcased some of the community-focused history courses and outreach projects at the Centre for Lifelong Learning and also the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

This lecture was part of the Exploring the Past Free Lecture series offered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning in collaboration with the Historical Association. These talks run on a monthly basis and offer members of the public the chance to find out about cutting-edge research in the Humanities.

The lecture series itself is an off-shoot of the Exploring the Past pathway, which offers a flexible route onto degrees in History, Archaeology and Religion to adult learners without formal qualifications. This is just one of a number of similar routes run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning as part of its Pathways to a Degree programme.

To find out more about part time courses visit or call 029 2087 0000

To find out more about Pathways to undergraduate degrees visit

Is your school committed to delivering and developing Chinese?

If your school has been actively engaged in delivering Chinese cultural activities or Language sessions then you may want to consider becoming a Confucius Classroom.

With funding and resources provided by Hanban, including a dedicated Chinese Language assistant, this is an ideal opportunity to further promote and develop Chinese Language and culture within your school and the wider community.

This opportunity is open to all Primary and Secondary schools in Wales

For a preliminary chat, please contact Rachel Williams on 02920 875216 or e-mail


Principles of Marketing and Strategy


As a student on this course you will:

  • Learn about different types of marketing strategies
  • Explore specific marketing issues facing companies today
  • Work as a team to develop and launch a marketing strategy

Who is this course for?

This new course is open to all and is specifically designed for those who would like a taster for the Pathway to Business Management / Finance and Accounting programme.

The course can also be taken as a stand-alone course for career development, as part of your CPD, or for those with an interest in Marketing issues.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through a mix of:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Student-led team work to achieve a marketing strategy

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

The assessment for this course is:

  • To develop and launch a marketing strategy

Reading suggestions

  • Principles of Marketing 4th European Edition by Kotler, Wong, Saunders and Armstrong
  • Marketing: real people, real decisions 1st European Edition by Solomon, Marshal, Stuart, Barnes and Mitchell

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.

Learn Mandarin!

Cardiff Confucius institute is pleased to be able to offer:

  • Afterschool and lunchtime Mandarin Clubs
  • China weeks –  to celebrate Chinese Language and Culture
  • China Days – a day of cultural activities and Mandarin language taster sessions
  • Welsh Baccalaureate weeks
  • Regular in-curriculum Mandarin sessions

Our experienced Chinese Language Tutors provide lively and engaging Mandarin language and cultural activities throughout Primary and Secondary schools in Wales at competitive rates.

The Essential Marketing Toolkit

This suite of bite-size workshops has been designed specifically for our Summer Series. It consists of six two-hour sessions, each inter-connected but also designed to stand alone.

All of the workshops will provide an interactive environment in which to learn practical tools that can be easily applied back in the workplace.

These workshops are ideal bite-size learning for those already involved in marketing or those seeking a taster of the marketing world.

Why not take advantage of our special promotional offer of a 10% discount when booking two or more workshops. *


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A Warm Welsh Welcome to Professor Li Dan

Li DanCardiff University Confucius Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Li Dan, from the International Politics Department at Xiamen University. Li Dan joins the existing team at the Confucius Institute as the Academic director.

Since its launch in 2008, Cardiff Confucius Institute has delivered a wide range of Chinese language and teaching programmes to adult learners through the choices programme at Cardiff University and has also delivered a wide variety of cultural activities for adults and school pupils.

Professor Li commented “I am honoured and very excited about coming to Cardiff to lead the Confucius Institute to provide courses in Chinese language and culture to members of the community, public and private sector organisations and university staff and students. The Confucius Institute acts as a focus for those involved in China-related research and teaching and in the past few years, our CI has achieved great progress in promoting Chinese language and culture. As well as this existing work, I look forward to focusing on academic exchange programmes, the international conference grant, PhD in China Fellowship, Joint PhD Fellowship, and the visiting scholar in China Programme.”

Cardiff Confucius Institute will offer new Chinese summer courses in June and July this year through the LEARN summer programme. Autumn part-time courses for adults will be advertised from July. For more information visit

Confucius Institute update April 2014

Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Horse

This year is the Chinese year of the Horse, and the Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year with a number of events in Cardiff.

Cardiff Confucius Institute in partnership with the Welsh Government jointly hosted a new year’s eve reception on 30 January at the Senedd in Cardiff which was attended by the First Minister the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM and Mr Cong Peiwu, Minister from the Chinese Embassy in London.  Guests came from across Wales and represented academia, business and cultural organisations with an interest in China, and the Chinese community in Wales.   Entertainment included a traditional Chinese Dragon dance, Chinese music performed by Chinese students studying at Cardiff University and a demonstration of Mandarin and a traditional Chinese Fan Dance performed by the pupils of Millbrook Primary School in Newport.  Both the First Minister and Minister Cong congratulated the school children performance and Minister Cong added that he was very impressed with their Mandarin skills.



The Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year in the local community with family events at the Red Dragon Centre on Saturday 1 February, at the Cardiff Story Museum on Sunday 2 February and at Cardiff Central Library on Saturday 8 February.  Children made traditional Chinese decorations including lanterns and paper-cuts, coloured Chinese masks and dressed up in traditional Chinese clothes, and there was a Chinese calligraphy demonstration.  The atmosphere was lively as children and families found out about Chinese New Year and enjoyed the activities.

Staff Update

In February, we were sad to say goodbye to Prof ZHU Xueyi, who has been our Chinese Academic Director for two years, but pleased that she has not gone too far, and wish her well as she takes up her new post at Southampton Confucius Institute.  In March, we were delighted to welcome our new Chinese Academic Director, Prof LI Dan.  Prof Li has previously spent time in Wales as a visiting scholar at Aberystwyth and comes to us from the School of Public Affairs Xiamen University.  We are very pleased that our 6 new Chinese tutors have recently arrived from China and are settling into their schools around the country and to teaching at the University.


Confucius Institute Round Table

In February, Executive Director Prof Anthony Beresford and General Manager Victoria Grant attended the annual Confucius Institute Roundtable Meeting at the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in London.  Cardiff Confucius Institute was invited to give a presentation and Prof Beresford impressed representatives of Confucius Institutes across the UK with the range of our work.  Discussion ranged from teaching Chinese and Chinese exams, promotion of Chinese culture and supported study opportunities in China.  The debate was lively and productive, and the delegates agreed that future meetings would benefit from being longer so as to be more productive.


International Forum on Low-Carbon Eco-Cities

Cardiff Confucius Institute, in partnership with Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning, held an International Forum on Low-Carbon Eco-Cities on 20-21 March.  Experts in research and implementation in this field from across the UK, Europe and China gathered to discuss developments and the application of low-carbon technology in city planning, an area of critical interest to countries all over the world.  We were particularly pleased to welcome Prof WANG Shaosen from Xiamen university, who gave a fascinating presentation on marrying the ancient and modern in developing low carbon living.  The presentations and debates well attended by colleagues and post-graduates from the University and with the unanimously positive feedback, the Confucius Institute is considering the possibility of supporting this area on an on-going basis.



Study in China

Applications are now open for the Study China scheme which provides funded opportunities for full time students at UK universities to spend a month in China over the summer holidays.  All levels of ability are catered for, including complete beginners.  Please see the Study China website for details.  It is anticipated that places will be filled by early May so you are encouraged to submit your applications as soon as possible and certainly by the end of the Easter holidays.  Cardiff Confucius Institute is happy to assist you in making your application and provide pre-departure and language briefing.

Study Chinese with us over the summer

This summer we are again offering 3 week intensive Chinese courses running on three nights a week. Details are available form 

Cardiff Confucius Institute now has a Facebook page – keep in touch!