Cardiff University has announced a proposal to close most of the subject areas in one of its oldest and most respected departments, only months after publishing a book detailing its history and extolling it virtues. Marian Williams’ A History of Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University, details the 125 year history of the university's provision of part-time classes throughout south-east Wales as part of a commitment that dates back to the original royal charter that established the university. Cardiff Centre for Life Long Learning provides the opportunity for students of all ages and backgrounds to access higher education irrespective of any previous qualifications. The centre currently runs hundreds of evening and weekend classes in a variety of subjects in both Cardiff and across the whole of South East Wales; from Brecon in the north, Porthcawl in the west and as far as Caldicot and Monmouth in the east. If the proposal is implemented then this will radically reduce the Centre, scrapping its entire humanities provision, this includes literature, history, archaeology, music, creative writing, philosophy, art history, religion, photography and Welsh. The closure of the Centre will leave a huge hole in education provision for the region with hundreds of adult learners unable to complete their studies and to for fill their potential. Neither senior academic staff at the Centre, or representatives of the part time tutors and student groups were consulted before the announcement before Monday the 20th of April. The proposal places a question over the commitment of Cardiff University towards community engagement and indeed the value of humanities as a whole. Essentially the provision is being devastated of the basis of economic projections and not the viability of current provision. This decision comes at a time when Life Long Learning across the HE section is being decimated throughout the UK by universities looking for cut costs, flying in the face of government commitments to provide opportunities for retraining during the deepest recession in decades. Things you can do to help! 1. Come to our meeting on Tuesday 5th May 7:00 pm at Cardiff Lifelong Learning Centre, Senghenedd Road 2. Write to the Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University. 3. Write to Jane Hutt. Write to the Vice-Chancellor! If the proposed cuts affect you, then tell the university authorities. If you want to start at the top then write to the V-C. Dr. David Grant’s email address is V-C@Cardiff.ac.uk Telephone 02920 874835 Dr. David Grant, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University Main Building Park Place Cardiff CF10 3AT Write to Jane Hutt! Jane Hutt AM is the Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills. Contact Jane Hutt by email at: Correspondence.Jane.Hutt@wales.gsi.gov.uk or write to Jane Hutt AM Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning Welsh Assembly Government 5th Floor Ty Hywel Cardiff Bay CF99 1NA Thanks!