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Baroness Randerson celebrates achievements of Lifelong Learning students

15 April 2011

Baroness Randerson was the special guest at an awards ceremony for an inspirational development programme course for women.

The ceremony was a celebration of achievements by students on the Women Making a Difference programme organised in partnership with Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Welsh Assembly.

The programme offers a range of courses that aim to give women the confidence and skills to be able to take an active role at every level in their communities and in public life. These roles could be in politics, business, civil service or community leadership. The course is aimed at women who might not otherwise have a public voice or benefit from Higher Education.

Baroness Randerson presented awards in Engendering Change, Women into Public Life, Women into Management and Active Citizens Training.

One of the award-winning students, Lyn Richards, said: "One of the most interesting and important things about the course was meeting the other women. Women in their twenties to their sixties take part and it is all very enjoyable because we are from different backgrounds and cultures.

"The Women into Management course encourages a feeling of self-worth and achievement. I feel it has developed my potential. It has been so enjoyable and has covered such varied and interesting topics. There is something for everyone, regardless of age or culture. Overall I have gained academic achievement, fulfilment, inspiration, motivation and social involvement. I would like to continue my studies."

The ceremony also included speeches from Contsance Nzeneu from Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group, Gill Webber from Wellbeing Regeneration, Annette Monks from Black Association of Women Step Out and the Baroness herself. Each spoke about the challenges and rewarding experiences of their roles in public life.
The ceremony took place in the Reardon Smith lecture theatre in the National Museum Wales.


Note to editors

1. Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales. The Centre provides around 400 Lifelong Learning Courses a year. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provides short courses for business, public sector employers and the individual. The Centre also provides business language training at all levels, including translation services and interpreters.

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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For further information or pictures, please contact:
Jayne McGill
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 2087 6342