Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Building 3.30 – 4pm (Thursday 29 April).
Gair Rhydd, the Cardiff student newspaper, is leading on our story in its next edition. They are sending a photographer to take pictures at 3.30pm. Let’s show our support for the campaign by assembling as many students, tutors and supporters as we can, to make a public demonstration of our support for humanities and Welsh at Lifelong Learning!
Feel free to bring your camera and send your pictures to other journals. Bring a placard if you want. Bring all your friends.
Gareth Jones A. M. , the Chair of the Welsh Assembly Enterprise and Learning Committee has written to Jane Hutt (the WAG Minister for Lifelong Learning) asking her to use her influence to overturn the decision to axe Humanities and Welsh.
A copy of the letter appears below:
Proposed restructing of the
You will be aware that
The issue is of interest and concern to Members of the
I would be grateful if you would discuss this matter with the Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University at the earliest opportunity, advise him of the strength of feeling of Assembly Members, and use your influence to overturn the decision.
Gareth Jones AM
27 April 2009
Over the years, some of the foremost academics and writers in Wales have seen fit to be involved in extramural/lifelong learning work. Here are a few names:
R. S. Thomas
D. J. Williams
T. H. Parry-Williams
R. Williams Parry
T. J. Morgan (Rhodri's father)
And what a wonderful experience it must have been to study with any of these eminent persons.
Goronwy Rees, Principal at Aberystwyth during the '50s, said, during an address at an Extramural Tutors' Conference
"...In the work of our College there is no element which is more important or more essential than yours."
And the Aberystwyth Extramural Department taught only Humanities subjects at that time.
Humanities must not be allowed to disappear from the programme!
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
The Second Public Meeting
The second public meeting in the campaign to save Humanities and Welsh will be on
Tuesday 5 May
In the Learn Building (room tba)
Please feel free to print out your own posters (click on the link to the left) and display them
How you can help:
1. Come to the meeting. Bring at least three friends!
2. Spread the word about the threat to Humanities and Welsh!
3. Do something practical!
***Join a campaign task group.
We need volunteers to move the campaign forward. We want more people to join the groups working on lobbying politicians and lobbying University Council members. Contact Patricia Clark to join these groups. (ClarkP@Cardiff.ac.uk)
Have you written to your Assembly member? To your MP? To Jane Hutt, the Welsh Assembly Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning? To Dr David Grant, the University Vice-Chancellor?
ACT NOW TO STOP THE BONFIRE OF THE HUMANITIES!
Students, tutors, staff and members of the public packed out a meeting room in the Centre for Lifelong Learning on Monday night.
Many people spoke passionately about the centre's work and how the campaign is determined to reverse the decision to cut Humanities and Welsh from the teaching programme.
The University's plans were described as "barbaric" and "short-sighted" by those who attended.
Representatives of UCU were also present and spoke of how the union will be throwing their weight behind the campaign.
Many people signed up with offers to help with the campaign and a big thanks to all.
The next meeting will be held in the centre a week tonight - Tuesday 5th May 7pm
everyone is welcome.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
See Dr Dave Wyatt's comments on the first posting: He includes a very supportive e-mail from Gareth Jones, Assembly Member for Aberconwy and Chairman of the Welsh Assembly Enterprise and Learning Committee.
- Campaign Meeting tomorrow, Monday 27th April, 5:30pm at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, Room M1.02
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Listen to the interview here.
More voices are joining the protest against the University's short-sighted and cynical proposal!
Show your support by writing to the Enterprise and Learning Committee members! They can call hold the University accountable for their decision!
Join the Campaign to Save the Humanities at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning!
Campaign Meeting at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff
Day: Monday 27th April
Friday, 24 April 2009
BBC Radio Wales this morning led with the news of Lifelong Learning Humanities course cuts
Listen again to Good Morning Wales here.
- Interviews with Cardiff Lifelong Learning students, academics and tutors
- Interview with Jenny Randerson, Lib Dem AM
See also the article at the website of BBC Wales
icWales also published online this article
with a follow-up here
A round-up of blog coverage:
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans
So Much Beauty Out There
Adventures in Momponia
To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth
New Democrats Online
If this plan goes ahead in September there will be no more courses on
- Art & Architecture
- Creative writing
- Media & Photography
Please join the effort to save our courses!
Write to the Chair of the
The Chair is Gareth Jones, AM
Here is the committee's website and the rest of its members
Write to your local AM!
Write to the Vice Chancellor of
Here is the Vice Chancellor's address
Don't let our courses disappear!