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Celebrating lifelong learning achievements at Cardiff University

25 March 2009

Hard working adult students, along with their staff, family and friends, get together to celebrate and formally recognise their achievements at this Friday’s Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning’s annual Award Ceremony.

Ceri Lane is one of 63 students attending the Award Ceremony. Ceri was encouraged by her GP to take up a hobby in 2003 to help her cope with her chronic pain condition. She had no idea this initial first step would transform her life as she rediscovered the joys of learning.

Now, she will be receiving a Diploma of Higher Education and two Departmental Certificates of Advanced Study, one in Classical Studies and the other in the Ancient World, which she has been working towards part-time for three years.

Ceri said: "Being disabled my life was lived around hospital appointments. I had no confidence. Depression is a common element of disability and it makes you feel worthless.

"What can be gained by learning is more than knowledge and satisfying an interest. You can gain self-esteem, confidence, a social-life and it can put you on the path to the right career. The support consistently given by staff is so valuable in enabling you to find your way. I no longer feel like a disabled person on the outskirts of society. I am educated, confident and enjoy my life which now has a purpose.

Thanks to support and encouragement from my tutor, Elizabeth Mayor, I have gained my qualifications, I have purpose in my life and I am now looking forward to a positive future."

Ceri encourages anyone to make the first steps into learning: "Although attending a course for the first time may feel intimidating, take a deep breath and take that first step. Lecturers and students are kind and friendly; the benefits gained will change your life for the better."

Ceri will be joining other students, tutors and staff from the Centre for the Awards Ceremony. Dr Geoffrey Thomas, President Emeritus of Kellogg College, Oxford and formerly Director, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, will be assisting with the awarding of certificates. The ceremony will be held in the Julian Hodge Resource Centre on Colum Drive, Cardiff from 6.30pm on Friday 27 March 2009.

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Notes to Editors:

1. For further details visit: www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn

2.Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, providing 700 courses in more than 70 venues across South East Wales. The Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning provides part time education for adults in 12 of the 22 unitary authorities in Wales, covering an area of population of more than one and a half million. It also offers Professional development courses for local employers, many of which are custom made to suit an individual company’s needs.

3.Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk

For Further Information:

Please contact:

Jayne McGill

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 2087 6342

Email: McGillJ3@cardiff.ac.uk

Jessica Kelly

Public Relations Office

Cardiff University.

Tel: 029 2087 0995

Email: KellyJA@cardiff.ac.uk