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


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.

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:

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

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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 the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning’s annual Awards Ceremony in March 2014.

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

Information evening on Thursday 21st November at 6.30pm

front-coverCardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning 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 the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning.  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 Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN) 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.

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning 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.

Cardiff University’s homework club support expands with new partnership

Cardiff University’s flagship Student Tutor Project has teamed up with Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC) to increase the provision they offer to school pupils and communities in some of the most deprived areas of Cardiff.

Together Cardiff University and SVC will be supporting 12 local community based homework clubs this year, many of which have pupils that are from families who have little or no history of going to university. They include Adamsdown Homework Club, Tremorfa Homework Club, Riverside Homework Club, ACE Homework Club, Somali Education Foundation Homework Club, Willows High School, Michaelston Community College and Glyn Derw High School. New areas, Llanrumney, Ely and Pentrebane, are also being added to the list.

42 Student Tutors, many of whom are the first in their family to attend university, have been recruited and trained to provide tutoring and mentoring support to the local homework clubs. The Student Tutors commit at least 3 hours per week to work in in the homework clubs, primarily tutoring in Maths and English to help improve the pupils’ grades. They also work to increase the awareness of Higher Education opportunities and promote aspirations of university education.

Sharifo, a parent of children that attend the Adamsdown Homework Club, said: “I’ve got two daughters that attend the Homework Club. They both attend Adamsdown Primary School and they have noticed the benefits. They say ‘I like to go to Cardiff University’ or ‘I can’t wait to get to Cardiff University’. They can’t wait to grow up.”

Student Tutor Project Co-ordinator Liena Abu Laban said: “The new partnership with SVC is a very positive move forward. As a result we have been able to increase provision from 7 homework clubs to 12 12 this year to meet the increasing demand in the community – which is exactly what Keith Towler, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales asked for in the Child Poverty Strategy 2012 Onwards.”

Not only does the project address attainment and aspiration issues regarding Higher Education, but it also offers immense benefits to the Student Tutors. The work as a student tutor increases the undergraduates’ employability skills by giving them work experience, training and a wealth of knowledge and insight into working with young people – particularly useful for those who are considering teaching as a career.

SVC Manager Adrienne Earls said: “SVC is delighted to be working in partnership with the Widening Access Department on the ‘Student Tutor Project’. This will offer some fantastic new volunteering opportunities for students to gain experience of working in a diverse variety of homework clubs across the local community, and teach the students invaluable skills for their personal development and future employment. It is also a great opportunity to strengthen our links and highlight the many benefits of working together in partnership.”

Last year the project was praised by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Children’s Commissioner for Wales Keith Towler. It is hoped that the new partnership with SVC and the subsequent growth will make it another successful year.

Come along to our Open Day!


If you need advice before enrolling on a course, come along to one of our Open Days. A Co-ordinating Lecturer or tutor will be on hand to help you.  Whether you need guidance about the language level you should be taking or you have a query about course content or nature of assessment, we want to help.

You will also be able to find out about our Pathways to a degree.  Our Co-ordinators will be on hand to offer advice on funding, enrolment and support available to fulfil your ambition to study a degree at Cardiff University.

Can’t make it to the Open Day? No problem! Check out out Open Day Online Page for useful information about Funding, Enrolment and much more.

Our Open Days are held in the Cyber Cafe at the Centre and have an informal and relaxed atmosphere.  Also, our Reception will be open to take your enrolment.

We look forward to meeting you!

Saturday 14 September

11.00am to 1.00pm

At the Cyber Cafe, 
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning [click for map and directions],
Senghennydd Road, Cardiff CF24 4AG

Confucius Institute Taster Sessions

Saturday 14th September

  • Chinese Culture taster 11.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Chinese language taster 12.00 noon to 1.00 pm

Come along to our free taster sessions to find out more about Chinese culture and Chinese language. Perfect if you are planning a holiday in the Far East, if you want to improve your CV or simply want to know more about one of the fastest growing major economies of the world.

No booking required, just turn up!

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Mature Students’ Induction

To help with the transition to study and being at university a mature students’ induction is held in the third week of September just before most students enrol. It’s been run since 2005 and has been very popular with participants. Up to 90 students have attended each induction to date.

pic03168The induction includes sessions on study skills, how to use the Resource Centres and the IT facilities and generally eases you into University way of life. Staff will also be on hand to provide information or answer any questions about additional funding and support services at the University.

The induction is a great opportunity to meet other students and you have the chance to question the Mature Students Panel on their experiences. If you would like to know more about the induction please contact Tracy Breadmore-Lammas at the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University via her email or Tel: (029) 2087 6182.

Mature Student Induction Day – Friday 20th September 2013

Invites will be sent to you once your place at Cardiff University has been confirmed. If you have not received your invitation by 10th September please email:

See also: Widening Access – Mature Students

Highly Commended Tutor

Jonathan Gunter with his certificateWe are proud to announce that Jonathan Gunter, who teaches at the Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning, has received a Highly Commended Essential Skills for Life Award from NIACE Dysgu Cymru.

Jonathan was nominated for his work with youth groups and his development of foundation level courses primarily in music, media, business and social enterprise on the Live Local Learn Local programme.

Working in South East Cardiff, Jonathan has successfully administered many informal accreditations to disadvantaged young people. Through courses, community events, workshops and youth clubs he has helped many young people realise their potential.

Tracy Breadmore-Lammas, Live Local Learn Local Project Co-ordinator at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: “Through his work with the youth in his local area, Jonathan saw an opportunity to use their interests and current activity to develop their skills and confidence for their future careers. By engaging them on courses that meet their specific needs, he has introduced them to future learning opportunities within Higher Education, a path that many had not previously considered.”

By going the extra mile with his teaching, Jonathan has created many exciting opportunities for his learners. As part of a social enterprise course he arranged for the students to present their business plans they had written in class to a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel that consisted of business mentors, community organisations, funding bodies and banks. He has also designed a research methods course for a youth group that introduced them to the foundational aspects of designing and delivering a basic research project.

Jonathan graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Psychology in 2006 and went on to study an MSc in Policy Research at Bristol University in 2007. He is now studying towards a PhD at Glamorgan University, which focuses on partnership work in community regeneration and youth work environments, whilst working as a Tutor on the Live Local Learn Local programme.

Lifelong learning awards

Over 50 Continuing & Professional Education learners celebrated their achievements at the Continuing & Professional Education annual Award Ceremony on Friday 15th March.

The ceremony is a formal occasion where students are recognised for their academic achievements in a variety of subject areas including: Humanities, Computer Studies, Science and Environment, Business Studies, Social Studies and Languages.

Foundation Certificates, Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education, European language qualifications and departmental prizes were among the awards presented by special guest Professor Patricia Price, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic.

Alex Lamprey, who received a Foundation Certificate in Astronomy, said: “I had a great time at the Award Ceremony. My Foundation in Astronomy certificate is much more than just a handsome piece of paper. It’s a very welcome “pat on the back” and a real vindication of all my hard work, highs, lows and narrowly met deadlines! The night was also a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from diverse fields.”

People from many walks of life choose to study at the Continuing & Professional Education every year, even Cardiff University professors. This year the Centre was pleased to welcome Cardiff University’s Professor Paul Atkinson who was awarded his Certificate of Higher Education in Italian.

Professor Atkinson said: “I normally attend University ceremonies as a presenter, but this year I was on the receiving end. I am a firm believer in continuing education, having completed a distance-learning BA in opera studies in my fifties, and having also studied Modern Greek for several years. I do think that as far as possible teachers in universities ought to be students too. Struggling to get essays in on time, preparing for examinations and summoning the nerve to talk in class are salutary reminders of what it is like to be a student. I was humbled to meet people for whom LEARN has provided a route into a degree at Cardiff, and to be reminded that for some people the opportunity to become a student is a very precious one.”

Praise for our homework club support

University praised for homework club support

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has praised the work of University students in supporting a local community homework club.

Established by Adamsdown Communities First and the Adamsdown African Association, the club sees University students support and encourage children with their homework, exam preparation and other learning activities.

It aims to raise attainment and achievement with students in inner city schools and colleges, in particular children from families who have little or no history of going to university.

The club, held in Adamsdown Resource Centre, is now being used as an example that other higher education institutions should adapt, to relieve child poverty.

Writing in The Child Poverty Strategy 2012 Onwards Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler gives a commitment to write to institutions of Higher Education in Wales to highlight the work Cardiff University have been undertaking in supporting Adamsdown Homework Club in Cardiff and to “ask them to consider similar partnerships as part of their work on tackling child poverty.”

Ben Ford, a Cardiff University second year English Language and Philosophy student who is involved in the homework club said: “Having come from a widening access background, in a school with a difficult catchment area far from a university, extracurricular one-to-one help would have been a great help in encouraging unconfident children to persist academically and achieve their potential.

“Volunteering is a rewarding experience, in both making a difference to children’s education by giving them the help they deserve, and encouraging and answering questions they about attending university.”

Sue West, Adamsdown Communities First Co-ordinator said: “The Club has been an amazing success. Pupils have reported that since joining they enjoy difficult subjects more (such as Maths and Science), are achieving better grades and have increased aspirations for the future.

“The partnership with the University has been instrumental to the success of the Club and has now developed to allow us to increase our activities to support the parents of the children through learning as well”.

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