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Delegates united via virtual awards ceremony at Cardiff University

27 May 2009

Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning has hosted its first virtual awards ceremony as a finale to a training programme run for Legal & General (L&G). The video conference option allowed delegates to attend who would normally have had to miss such an event. Delegates, who completed the ‘Specialist Medical Modules’ training, received certificates at Cardiff University and the Swindon and Hove L&G offices.

Professor Mansel Aylward, Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University, introduced the ‘Virtual Awards Ceremony’. He said: "It is only fitting to ensure that this innovative course ended with a unique celebration event which gives all students who have attended the course the opportunity to celebrate their achievements.

"Our partnership with L&G started back in 2001. We have run a number of courses for them and it is very satisfying to see the success of these lead to the specialist medical underwriting modules. The partnership is a great example of the flexibility that Cardiff University can offer business in design and delivery of bespoke continuing professional development."

Andy Parker, L&G Quality Manager gave an address to the awards ceremony via the link from the Hove office. He highlighted the success of the partnership with Cardiff University, known as ‘The Academy’, and said: "I am genuinely proud to be involved in the Academy and am grateful to the people who had the vision and energy to organise and attend the previous courses. It was their success that has allowed us to develop what we do and include more people from both our teams and other areas.

"The Specialist Medical Modules enable L&G staff to focus on key medical areas - gaining new knowledge and updating skills that they then go back to their locations across the UK and share that development with other team members."

For many of the delegates the event was their first taste of a University awards ceremony, and they were thrilled to participate. Delegate Leighton Freeman said: "I think it’s great that all of the specialists that attended have got together and we can all bask in our achievements. The course has obviously been well run and there have been some great results on the back of it."

L&G have a long-standing relationship with Cardiff University having collaborated on several courses in the past. In 2004, this collaboration led to a National Training Award (Regional Prize) for the innovative Medical Foundations for Underwriters course.

1. For further details visit: or contact Clare Sinclair on 029 2087 5451 In total, eight modules were taught on this course: cardiology, oncology, neurology, mental health, endocrinology (principally diabetes and thyroid disorders), gastroenterology, renal and urogenital disorders, and incapacity (diseases of the joints and biopsychsocial influences on disability). They included workshops, discussion groups, lecturers, online learning and visits to clinics and hospitals.

2. 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.

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Kelly Cumiskey or Jayne McGill

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Senghennydd Road


CF24 4AG

Tel: 029 2087 9330

Jessica Kelly

Public Relations Office,

Cardiff University.

Tel: 029 2087 4499