Support for Armed Forces
We are proud to support armed forces veterans and are committed to supporting ex-forces servicemen/women who are seeking re-training back in the civilian world.
The University has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which sets out our pledge to support students and staff associated with the Armed Forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
As part of the Covenant, the University has appointed Lieutenant Paul Thomas as our first Armed Forces Champion. Paul is a Royal Naval Reservist and alongside his role at the University, he helps develop and support Cardiff University’s Armed Forces Community. There is more information about the University's commitment to Forces veterans and their families on our website, including contact details for Paul and other useful people.
Who we are: the CPD Unit
We are a dedicated continuing professional development (CPD) Unit within the University - we can help you to access support, training and other opportunities across our academic Schools and Colleges. We're a team of eight, with contacts across the University.
How we can help
As an ex-forces serviceman / woman returning to civilian life, there are lots of opportunities on offer for you at the University, including funded schemes. At the CPD Unit we help individuals and businesses to access training and development opportunities.
These may be short courses to help you develop a particular skill (such as leadership, management or marketing) or even Postgraduate level modules (which can be taken on a standalone basis without the need to commit to a full-time course). There are also lots of part-time evening courses available via Continuing Professional Education (CPE), including our popular Pathways scheme, which helps students gain access to a degree without the need for formal qualifications.
Keep reading to find out more.
There are a number of funded schemes open to members (and ex-members) of the Armed Forces.
Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme
We are an Approved Learning Provider on the ELC scheme. This scheme promotes lifelong learning among members of the armed forces, and can provide financial support.
Troops to Teachers
£40,000 funding is available to veterans to study at undergraduate degree level - find out more about train to Teach in Wales.
Armed Forces Bursary
We also offer a bursary for armed forces veterans, details of which can be found on our bursaries page.
Depending on the level of training you wish to explore, there are a number of opportunities at the University.
At the CPD Unit, we are responsible for professional development. There are a number of options available:
Short training courses
We have a wide range of short professional development courses, most of which are held at Senghennydd Road. This programme covers subjects such as marketing, online communications, project management and managing people. This type of course is suitable for you if you're looking to improve your skills in a particular area, or if you need to gain new skills in order to develop/change your career. Many of these courses involve transferable skills - for example, project management, leadership, effective communication/presentation techniques and so on.
There are also a number of medical short courses, run by the School of Medicine and School of Healthcare, offering vital professional development training at cost-effective prices.
Most of our courses take place over one or two days; we run courses multiple times a year, always on weekdays (usually outside school holidays).
How to apply
These are courses open to everyone. Simply check our website for courses.
Postgraduate level taught modules
The University offers a select range of modules that can be taken on a standalone basis for CPD. This means you can learn flexibly, and develop your career, whilst still balancing your existing work and life commitments.
Examples of current modules offered in this way are Sustainable Transport Policies, Translation of Minority Languages, Executive Masters in Business Administration, and Environmental Building Studies.
This 'standalone' approach allows you access to all the research and expertise available at the University, and test out your appetite for a full postgraduate degree, without committing to a full postgraduate degree.
In most cases, you will be joining full-time postgraduate students for one module. The modules we offer have been carefully chosen to make sure they are suitable to be taught in this way.
We welcome applications from those who may not have the traditional entry requirements, but who can demonstrate work experience or prior learning.
How to apply
First, take a look at our Postgraduate standalone modules pages on our website, or download our free brochure (CPD Short courses) at the bottom of this page.
You can find full module information and application details on our website. We will ask you to complete a short application form that details your previous qualifications and/or experience.
If you have any questions, or if you would prefer to speak to one of our friendly team for advice and guidance, please do feel free to contact us.
CPE (Continuing and Professional Education)
At the CPD Unit, our role is to support individuals and business to access professional development opportunities. There is a also separate team at the University (Continuing and Professional Education) who can advise you on part-time adult education.
The CPE team offers a wide range of part-time courses, at levels and times to suit you. Many of these courses have no entry requirements - all you need is an interest in the subject and a willingness to explore it in the company of others. In order to make it as easy as possible for you to study at the University, courses are scheduled during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. Several courses are repeated throughout the year. Some courses are available online, which gives you the flexibility to study from home.
Pathways to a degree
The pathways programme is an alternative to A-level and access qualifications as it is taught and assessed in similar ways to first year undergraduate courses. There is lots of information available on the CPE website pages, including course listings and how to apply.