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On Saturday 25th June 2016, we held a professional development event for all our tutors.

The event included a plenary session as well as parallel training and discussion sessions. Continuing and Professional Education is committed to facilitating personal and career development opportunities which enable tutors to achieve their full potential and contribute to the provision of excellent teaching in the Division.

The day began with parallel sessions on ‘Understanding Learning Styles’ and ‘Using Electronic Resources’. Learning styles affect every student. Some like a ‘hands-on’ approach, whereas others might learn from watching other learners. The session introduced tutors to a variety of learning styles and enabled them to understand and better appreciate the differences in their students’ learning styles, so that they can implement best practice strategies into their module delivery, activities and assessments. The latter session was a drop-in, hands-on session on how best to access Cardiff University’s vast array of electronic resources.

Following a short break, the event continued with ‘Identifying and Supporting Students with Dyslexia’ and ‘An Introduction to Blended Learning’. The latter session focused on ideas for using Learning Central (the University’s virtual learning environment tool) and University supported technologies to facilitate blended learning, an approach which combines online learning with face-to-face tuition. The former looked at how dyslexia can be supported in the classroom.

The plenary session – ‘Small Group Teaching: Techniques, Benefits, Challenges’ – followed in the afternoon. This focused on two areas. The first looked at the basics of small group teaching and included discussion on the tutor’s role and the influence of social factors. The second considered some models of group work, such as ice-breaking activities, brainstorms and buzz groups.

Tutor feedback from this and previous professional development events has been very positive and has shown that the event is an ideal opportunity to meet, socialise and exchange good practice with fellow university teachers.

We’re continuing to showcase the diverse range of courses we have on offer with Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University, this week focusing on People in Organisations.

This module provides students with an introduction to the key themes, concepts and theories relating to the study of the management of people in organisations. Particular attention is paid to organisations as the nodal points of human interaction within the business world, focusing on both the social and the psychological aspects of these relations. Students will be introduced to central ideas of the social and behavioural sciences.

You may be thinking of moving up the career ladder into a managerial role but want to develop a better understanding of the management of people before you progress. You’ll study the theory to underpin management in practice. This course will help to give you the confidence you need.

People in Organisations can be taken as a standalone module or a 20 credit module on the Pathway to Business Management programme and consists of 12 weekly meetings starting Wednesday 21st September from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, plus 1 Saturday Day School to develop study skills. Enrolment is now open on all of our Choices courses with Continuing and Professional Education. Go to the website the see the full selection of courses.

For courses held during the evening and weekend, free parking is available in the Senghennydd Car Park next to the Continuing and Professional Education Building and drinks and snacks are available for purchase in the Cyber Café.

To highlight the bread of courses we have on offer with Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University, this week we will be focusing on Scripting a TV Drama.

Another writer from the course is in line for a first broadcast credit later this year when her short film ‘Leonard’s Neighbours’, produced by local company It’s My Shout Productions, is shown on BBC2 Wales. This continues a steady stream of such successes from the course and from the Scriptwriting Workshop Online on which writers get one-to-one guidance rewriting scripts on which they are working. Students, many of them with little or no previous experience of scriptwriting, have gone on to be shortlisted in numerous scriptwriting competitions, both national and international, to make their own films (a full-length feature film in one particular case) and gain both professional scriptwriting credits and representation by TV/Film agents. Other students have created blogs, set up podcasts and gained prestigious work placements within the TV/Film industry.

The Scripting a TV Drama course is taught by professional writer Russell Gascoigne whose credits include the BAFTA award-winning, top-rating A Touch of Frost and who has also worked as both a BBC Drama script editor and as a script consultant for numerous film and television companies, including the Movie Acquisition Corporation and European Script Fund. It is a practical, wide-ranging and comprehensive course, based on professional practice and is focussed on an understanding of how the television industry works as well as the technical process of scriptwriting itself. The classes are varied, vibrant and stimulating and taught in a friendly and supportive environment. Just bring imagination, ideas… and ambition.

Go to the Continuing and Professional Education website to see the full range of courses we have on offer and enrol on the 2016/17 programme today.

Have you been thinking about learning a new skill or maybe even just taking up a new hobby this summer?

Why not try our intensive Portuguese conversation course for absolute beginners this June. No existing knowledge is needed so all are welcome! Here’s five reasons to join us;

  1. If you’re venturing to Brazil for the summer Olympics in Rio this August, we are offering you the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill and put it in to practice. Aside from the Olympics, Brazil is a wonderful place to visit. If you’re tempted by the wonderful beaches or Carnival, it’s always beneficial to learn the language.
  2. With the summer holidays just around the corner many of us will be planning a trip to Europe or maybe even further afield. Portuguese is spoken in popular holiday destinations, Portugal and Cape Verde and although not an official language, is also spoken in some areas of India. Why not try our course to be able to converse with the locals and fully immerse yourself in the culture.
  3. Course tutor, Ms Larissa Berquo is from Brazil so you’ll have the benefit of being taught the language from a native-speaker.
  4. Many words and aspects of Portuguese are shared with the Romance languages, ie languages that came from Latin, such as Spanish, Italian and French so it may help if you’ve previously studied any of these languages.
  5. Over 200 million people speak Portuguese worldwide and it is in fact the 6th most spoken language in the world.

There will be six 3-hour sessions running from Monday 13th June to Thursday 23rd June 2016.  The course will consist of a small group of up to a maximum of 16 people in a class so students really do get the most out of these sessions. All course materials will be provided on the first session and students get the benefit of extensive use of our digital language laboratories as well as audio material available throughout the summer via our on-line learning platform.

More information can be found on our website, including accessibility information, as well as information about other language programmes we offer through Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University, which includes Beginner, Intermediate and Advance classes.

From Nelson’s navy to the Maginot Line, from prehistoric Cardiff, via medieval myth and legend, to the music of Elgar, there is something to suit all interests in the Exploring the Past free lecture series.

This wide-ranging accessible smorgasbord of talks covers themes in History, Archaeology, Heritage, Religious Studies, Literature, and Music.

Established by Dr Dave Wyatt (Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion) to run alongside the Humanities programme at the centre (then Lifelong Learning, now Continuing and Professional Education), these talks showcase the work of a host of fantastic scholars working in a range of fields, from those at the start of their careers to more established academics with international reputations, both from within Cardiff University and from universities across South Wales. We also welcome speakers from further afield in the UK, thanks to our successful partnership with the Cardiff Branch of the Historical Association, for instance the recent talk by Dr Richard Stone (University of Bristol) on Bristol and America before the slave trade. Talks take place on Wednesdays once a month, in the Continuing and Professional Education building in Senghenydd Road (Cardiff, CF24 4AG), starting at 7.15pm. They are completely free and all are welcome.

Two exciting papers are coming up soon!  In May, our focus turns to the theme of Cardiff City Hall, with Professor Huw Pryce (Bangor University) delivering a Historical Association paper on the statues of Welsh Heroes in this iconic building: ‘Ten Heroes and One Heroine: Unveiling the Welsh Past in Cardiff City Hall, 1916’ on Wednesday 18th May. Rounding off the 2015-16 talks, Dr Leighton James (Swansea University) will be speaking on ‘The Battle of Waterloo in Experience and Memory’, on Wednesday 15th June. The current programme of talks can be viewed here: www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/choices/exploring-the-past/free-lectures/

Meanwhile, plans are well under way for 2016-17 and once again there will be something for everyone! Interested in Archaeology? Come and hear Dave Wyatt and Olly Davies (Cardiff University) talk about the latest ground-breaking discoveries at Caerau, Cardiff’s prehistoric hillfort. If myth and legend excites you, then the internationally renowned folklorist Dr Juliette Wood (Cardiff University) will be talking about ‘Dragon teeth and dragon tales’. Those who love medieval history will enjoy the paper by Swansea University’s Dr Emma Cavell on women in Wales, and Exploring the Past tutor Dr Charlotte Pickard’s account of ‘The Princess and the Pauper’ in medieval France, whilst Dr William Purkis (University of Birmingham) will deliver a Historical Association paper intriguingly entitled ‘Devotion to an empty tomb at the time of the First Crusade’. If the history of the twentieth century, and the impact and legacy of the Second World War, is more your cup of tea, come along to hear Professor Kevin Passmore discuss the Maginot Line, and Professor Richard Toye (University of Exeter) on the theme of Sir Winston Churchill.

More details will follow in the 2016-17 edition of Choices, and on the website, so keep your eyes peeled. All are very welcome at this friendly and inspirational series of talks. As we always say, there is no need to book, just come along and enjoy the talks on the night! We’ll look forward to welcoming you to the Exploring the Past free lectures soon!

If you wish to develop your passion for History and Humanities, we have a number of pathways which have been specially developed to enable adult learners to access undergraduate degrees at Cardiff University. More information may be found here

Over 200 guests joined in the celebration our students collected certificates and prizes presented by Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the annual awards ceremony.

Every year thousands of adults across south east Wales and beyond enrol on modules at the Centre and many decide to use their credits towards an award.

Some students, such as Fatma Pinar John then decide to progress onto a degree.

Fatma completed the Pathway to Business Management in 2014 and is pictured receiving her Foundation Certificate from Professor Treasure.

“Every time I attended my classes, I always felt that I was in the right place to pursue my dream!  Everyone in the centre from tutors to administrators are dedicated to their job and give constant student support. Their professional attitude gave me courage, confidence and joy during my studies. I have become an academic-oriented individual who enjoys educational challenges.”

Dr Zbig Sobiesierski, Dean of Continuing & Professional Education commented “This is a great opportunity to celebrate with our students whilst highlighting the breadth of activity the Centre provides. We aim to support and facilitate quality, accessible and flexible higher education for a diverse range of communities, individuals and organisations. Perhaps better known for our prospectus of courses for the public, Choices, the opportunities available have continued to evolve over time to include a range of widening access and professional development activities, which now include Pathways to Degrees.”

A variety of subject are available to study including: business and management, computer studies, humanities, international relations and politics, law, languages, science and environment and social science.

If you would like to join us in celebrating your academic success next year then find out more about all the part-time courses by contacting us:

Cardiff University, the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University, recently welcomed a delegation from the Chengdu Administration Institute situated in the Sichuan province of China.

The 10-person delegation participated in a bespoke two week training programme, jointly delivered by Cardiff’s three Universities, and supported by the Welsh Government.

Chengdu Administration Institute is a subordinate department of the municipal government of Chengdu, and is tasked with training municipal government servants and elementary country civil servants.  The institute attaches great importance to teaching and research work with selected teachers sent abroad for international academic exchange and training annually.

The programme drew on the expertise of the partner institutions introducing themes and developments in public sector leadership and management in the UK, and exploring how science and technology is supported and developed.

Professor Martin Kitchener, Dean of Cardiff Business School, said: “Cardiff Business School and Cardiff University has many links with China. I’m delighted that these links now extend to delivering an executive education programme to Chengdu Administration Institute, in partnership with the University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University.  It was a pleasure to welcome the participants.

“As a School, we are implementing a new strategic approach focused on public value, and this programme provides an opportunity to apply this ethos on a global platform.”

Catherine Farrell, Professor of Public Management at the University of South Wales, added: “This is an exciting opportunity for our tutors to meet with and exchange ideas about the teaching and delivery of public management awards in Wales and China.

“It will be interesting to listen to the group presentations on the ‘Issues, challenges and review of some solutions’ facing public managers.

“It’s an excellent collaborative programme from the three universities and Welsh Government, which should enable the visitors to get a feel for government and public services in Wales and the UK more generally.”

Sian Rees, Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise at Cardiff Metropolitan University: “Everyone at Cardiff Met was delighted to welcome the delegation from Chengdu – the three universities worked closely together to deliver a highly successful training programme.

“Cardiff Met has a strong history of providing teaching to international audiences and we wish the visitors from Chengdu Administration Institute all the very best using their enhanced knowledge and understanding in their careers.”

In addition to the formal delivery, a series of networking dinners and practical visits were arranged to enhance the delegations personal and professional experience while in Wales.

The Widening Access Team at Cardiff University, in partnership with Continuing & Professional Education, offer over 40 free short courses each year as part of their Live Local Learn Local (LLLL) community outreach programme. LLLL is designed and run with Communities First Cluster groups in Cardiff and the south east Valleys areas. The courses have enabled adult learners to improve their confidence, update their CVs, progress to higher education, and gain employment.

One of our students Alice Shing, a mum of two young children from the Splott area of Cardiff, first became aware of the courses through her local Communities First centre.

Alice used to work with adults with learning disabilities and has an interest in in learning and education. Since starting her own family her interest in children’s education has grown, so she decided to attend the free “Helping children learn” and “Child’s play” courses.

Successful completion of these courses led to the free and accredited “Women in their communities” course, where she felt she gained valuable skills and confidence. Alice started campaigning for positive changes in the community, in particular for her local library, and has written and delivered public speeches, organised a public meeting, run a petition, and designed campaign leaflets.

Since attending these courses, Alice has started working as a volunteer teaching assistant and has enrolled on Cardiff University’s Pathway to a Degree in Social Sciences, which is a route to an undergraduate degree in Social Science at Cardiff University.

Alice speaks warmly of the opportunities offered by the Widening Access Team: “Just have a go, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.  If you live in a Communities First area, it’s even free – there are so many courses to choose from, to suit different interests and abilities.  Many of the courses are run in local learning centres, so you may not even have to travel far – and there are often childcare facilities for students with young children. Thank you so much Communities First, and Cardiff University – I never thought at my age I would be “going back to school” and enjoying it so much, but here I am – and it gives me joy.  Those courses changed my life! ”

Find out more about the work of the Widening Access team by visiting their website.

Excitement was in the air as former Pathway students were officially welcomed to the School of Social Sciences by the Head of School, Prof Amanda Coffey.

Six students are transferring from Continuing & Professional Education, after studying social science modules part-time for one year on the programme which offers adults the opportunity to achieve their ambition of studying towards a degree at Cardiff University.

Professor Coffey said: “I am delighted to welcome a new cohort of Pathway students into the School of Social Sciences. It is particularly pleasing to see that the opportunities provided through the Pathway modules enable adult learners to access degree level studies with confidence and enthusiasm.”

Every year adults from a diverse range of backgrounds choose to begin studying one of the nine pathways provided by Continuing & Professional Education in different subjects. In most cases previous qualifications are not needed and the only requirements are an interest and enthusiasm for the subject.

New undergraduate Deborah Johnson said “I felt like I needed to do something for myself and I have always wanted to work towards a degree.” And her advice to others “Just go for it! I totally surprised myself at how much I could do despite not studying for many years”.

Fellow student Alysha Sammut added “I couldn’t believe you didn’t need any qualifications to do it! It has been brilliant! I have made lots of friends and the subjects have been very interesting”.

Jan Stephens, Co-ordinator of the Pathway to Social Science commented: “I wish all former pathway students starting undergraduate degrees this semester the best of luck! All the hard work and commitment has been worth it as the students take a step closer to achieving their undergraduate degrees. Well done everyone!”

The Division of Continuing & Professional Education are pleased to announce that 15 students have enrolled on the first module of the Pathway to Social Science this year. To find out more visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/pathways.

We’re kicking off a new year of free lectures in archaeology, history and religion with the following exciting topic:

"I am a woman hear me pray”: How believing suffragettes are reclaiming the Qur’an for themselves

Dr Mansur Ali (Cardiff University)

Wednesday 9th September 2015

All talks start at 7.15pm and are held at Continuing & Professional Education, 21-23 Senghennydd Road, Cardiff. CF24 4AG

For more information please contact Dr Paul Webster on 029 2087 5610 or by emailing websterp@cardiff.ac.uk

More information about upcoming courses can be found here (link to www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/choices/exploring-the-past/).