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A lifelong ambition achieved

17 March 2010

Lifelong learners celebratingEileen Younghusband (Centre) toasts her success with two friends, guests for the evening, David Richards and Barbara Silverthorn

Hard-working Lifelong Learning students gathered with family, friends and University staff at the Julian Hodge building recently for a formal celebration of their achievements.

Among those recognised at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Annual Awards Ceremony was 88-year-old Eileen Younghusband. She was presented with the Extraordinary Departmental Prize for successfully publishing a monograph as part of the Creative Writing Workshop On-line (Publishing) course.

Eileen missed out on the possibility of attending university in her youth through serving as a WAAF Officer during World War Two. She joined the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning fifteen years ago to study Spanish and Creative Writing. Last year she achieved her lifelong ambition of graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with the Open University after gaining a Diploma in Higher Education at the Centre.

She was just one of 48 students awarded certificates or prizes to formally recognise their academic achievements and study at the Centre. Awards included nationally-recognised Foundation Certificates, Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education, European language qualifications and departmental prizes. The awards and prizes were presented by Dr Richard Evans, Dean of Lifelong Learning and Professor Stephen Hill, Dean of Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Gloucestershire.

Eileen said: "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."

Dr Evans said: "The Awards Ceremony was a wonderful occasion, recognising the hard work and commitment of our students - in many cases, like Eileen, over several years. New courses are starting after Easter and we hope to welcome many more adult learners to the wide variety of subjects on offer."

Most courses run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning offer nationally-recognised credits which can be used towards a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education. Subjects available this April include:

  • Business and Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Chinese
  • Computer Studies
  • European Languages
  • History
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social Studies

All courses are part-time, held in the evenings or at weekend. For more information visit