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Pathways for Progression

11 September 2012

Blas - Pathways to learning

Would your School like to encourage adult learners’ to access undergraduate and postgraduate degrees?

The Centre for Lifelong Learning is holding an event to help Schools find out more about the opportunities available to enable people from all backgrounds to study at Cardiff.

Dr Richard Marsden of the Centre explains more about some of the pathways to learning already running at the University.

"Over the past few years the Centre for Lifelong Learning has been collaborating with Academic Schools to develop progression pathways which enable adult learners to access Cardiff University degrees. Established only two years ago, the Exploring the Past pathway in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion has already won a national award from the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning and been singled out for commendation in the School’s periodic review.

"Perhaps more importantly, it has secured no less than 11 degree places for adults from a diverse range of backgrounds and has really helped to changed people’s lives. As Hayley Bassett, an Exploring the Past student, puts it "I didn’t have the opportunity to study at university straight from school. I joined the pathway as a personal outlet because after a few very difficult years my self-confidence was very low. I was extremely nervous but soon started to enjoy the classes. The course has given me confidence in my abilities and made me realise that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to. Studying history is something I really enjoy and I’m excited to continue with this journey!" Hayley is now in her second year of a degree studying Ancient and Medieval History.

"For more information on Exploring the Past, click here.

"Inspired by the success of this School of History, Archaeology and Religion access route, the Centre and the School of Social Sciences have together developed a Pathway to Social Science which will be launched in October 2012. Additionally, following the initial success of Exploring the Past the University has recently added a goal of six progression pathways to its Widening Access Strategy. 

"For more information on Pathway to Social Science, click here

"Fired by that commitment to six pathways, the Centre is organising an event in September to raise awareness of progression pathways amongst Academic Schools and to showcase what is on offer in terms of expertise, support, and also Widening Access funds allocated to the university for this purpose by HEFCW. As those involved can testify, the collaborative nature of these pathways is the key to their success.

"When asked about having a successful progression pathway in her own School Professor Terry Threadgold, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff and Diversity and Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, said: "These programmes are truly remarkable examples of excellent good practice in terms of outreach and engagement and they benefit both our own students and those they work to help - it is a pleasure to be able to showcase the partnership work our staff and students are doing."

"So if you or any of your colleagues are interested in developing a progression route similar to Exploring the Past or Pathway to Social Science in your own School, or perhaps interested in developing a postgraduate pathway, please attend this event and find out what the Centre for Lifelong Learning can do to help you."

The Pathways to Progression event is held at Function Room C, City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff on Monday 17 September between 11.30am and 12.30pm. The event will be followed by a buffet lunch. To book a place or to find out more contact Dr Richard Marsden on

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Centre for Lifelong Learning