Press Release

19 September 2013

This year's Community Arts and Education (CAE) programme continues to develop its offer of short and day courses exploring artistic, literary, musical and psychological themes to enhance adult education in Kent.

The programme aims to offer courses that are inclusive and collaborative, with expert tutors who will provide maximum support to allow students to get the most out of their learning.

Dr Wilma Fraser, Programme Director for CAE at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: "We are delighted to witness the growth in this area of our provision. We have just celebrated our 1,000th enrolment since we began our regular programme in 2011."

CAE is also working in conjunction with Kent Adult Education as part of a new venture to develop some joint provision to extend the opportunities for non-accredited adult learning within Kent.

The Holy Grail is one of the themes running through the courses in this year’s programme with two short courses dedicated to the subject. The Grail: A Pilgrimage to the Heart, looks at different ways in which the Grail has been understood and where it is believed to be hidden. The course will also uncover the similarities between the Grail quest and the idea of pilgrimage. Another course, The Holy Grail and The Waste Land, explores suggested roots in Irish mythology, the Arthurian cycle in early medieval romances and T.S Eliot’s poetic adoption of the legends in his monumental poem.

This autumn, the programme also offers a range of other courses in such diverse subjects as The Power of Trees (looking at the biological effects that trees have had in history and how humans have been able to exploit their diverse physical and chemical properties), Pirates and Pilgrims (exploring the lives of such different groups between 1100 and 1600, including those who frequented the ‘time-capsule’ towns of Rye and New Romney), and Landscape and Visions: An Introduction to the films of Michael Powell which is being held in the Powell Lecture Theatre at CCCU which was opened by Powell’s widow, Thelma Schoonmakker Powell, with whom the University has close associations.

The selections of courses vary between 5, 8 and 10 weeks or day schools. Canterbury Christ Church University is pleased to enjoy the on-going support of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and University of the Third Age (U3A).

For more information or to book a place visit: or call us on 01227 863451 between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday.


Notes to Editor

Click here to read the full Community Arts and Education brochure.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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