Reaching Wider

South West Wales Partnership

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Aiming to widen access into higher education across the whole student age range, the Reaching Wider Partnership organise learning and aspiration raising activities.

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Reaching Wider Initiative, Trinity Saint David sits in the South West Wales Partnership. The partnership includes all the regions’ higher education institutes, further education colleges, Careers Wales‌ West and relevant schools. 

Organisations within the Partnership run projects which aim to extend educational participation to previously excluded and under-represented groups of people.

The activities are mainly aimed towards Communities First residents, young people with disabilities, ethnic minority communities, Welsh medium learners and Looked After Children / Care Leavers.

If you have spent any time in care or are working with or looking after a child in care, click on the link for a useful Guide to Further and Higher Education for Care Leavers. There is also more detail in the Student Services webpage.


Activities

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Aiming for a College Education Day (ACE)

On an ACE day the University Of Wales Trinity Saint David students work closely with Key Stage 3 pupils through a series of activities aimed at raising aspirations to a higher education through increased awareness of student life, the different routes into HE and the variety of courses available.

Here’s what some of the pupils have had to say so far…

"I really enjoyed today! Alun was very helpful and patient! I really enjoyed all the workshops. I thought lunch was excellent! I would definitely come again."

"I thought University was boring, but it's much more fun than I thought."

"It was the best day ever. Emyr was the best student ambassador ever. I loved it, we played lots of fun games."

"I have enjoyed my day at Trinity. I found it very disabled friendly."

Hi-5 was an exciting and innovative three day project with 60 year 7 pupils at Bryngwyn School, Llanelli. The project focused on the Arts and Media to develop a music video on overarching theme of ‘Image and Society’.

DAY 1

The pupils worked with ‘Mr Phormula’ (Ed Holden) in an energetic workshop to discover the current issues teenagers encounter in regards to representation and self to encompass the main theme. Working with the University’s Student Ambassadors, the group developed their ideas and worked collaboratively to write, perform and record their Rap!

DAY 2

The task for the day was to create a public image for the Rap by producing a Music Video using story boards, simple camera techniques and a lot of imagination. This fun workshop lead by Jon Pugh from the School of Performing Arts, allowed the pupils to shoot footage that reflected the creative ideas locked up in the Rap crafted in the previous workshop.

DAY 3

Following an iPad editing master class with Brett Aggersberg from the School of Film and Media, the final part of the process was to edit the footage together to create their masterpieces! The pupils also had the opportunity to work with staff from the University’s Art and Design department to design and create their individual artwork for the DVD.

The Hi-5 project has been a resounding success. It has given the pupils an opportunity to produce fantastic work and develop new skills, and hopefully inspire them to become the next generation of industry filmmakers!

i:Revise 2014

The South West Wales Reaching Wider initiative in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David offer provision of a GCSE revision scheme for targeted Communities First schools in South West Wales. We offer a three day programme for 50 pupils who have the ability to gain Cs in core subjects, but who are in danger of not achieving.  Pupils are be nominated to participate in two core subject areas.

The iREVISE scheme is free of charge, and offered as a residential course on the University’s Lampeter campus.

‌The ‘Our Community Project’ is a collaborative initiative between the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Pupils will be given the task of creating a short documentary focusing on issues in their individual communities.

The projects educational focuses are:

  • Research skills
  • Confidence building
  • Social skills‌

We aim to raise awareness of local issues including:

  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Health

The Our Community project will also introduce the pupils to Digital Story telling with the use of cameras and film editing software.

The project is designed to be spread across three weeks with one session per week (there may be a break in the programme due to school holidays). The sessions will be delivered by staff and student ambassadors from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.‌

This project is a fantastic opportunity for local school pupils to talk about what they really think about their local area, and what they would like see done in the future to improve the area.

Summer University 2014

The Year 12 Summer University is a free three week residential course Monday – Friday (or on a non residential basis if appropriate) aimed at Year 12 students studying for a Level 3 qualification in school or college in South West Wales.

What does the Summer University involve?

Students choose ONE subject to study over the three weeks that is in line with their current studies.  The subjects on offer vary each year.  All students also learn essential skills for success in higher education including writing and presentation skills, critical thinking, research and referencing skills and time management.

To find out more about this year's modules please contact the Reaching Wider team at:

reachingwider@swansea.ac.uk

Who can attend?  

The Summer University is aimed at Year 12 and First Year Level 3 students from schools and colleges in South West Wales who have the ability to succeed but, because of family, personal or other circumstances, are experiencing barriers which may prevent their progression to higher education (see application pack for further details).

Why give up 3 weeks of the Summer Holidays?

Students who complete the Summer University successfully will be given  a reduction in the required A-level grades (or equivalent UCAS points) by Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

All Summer University students will also enjoy a full and varied social programme all FREE of charge. Previous activities have included: bowling, cinema, football, basketball, karaoke, quiz nights, discos, dance workshops and much more! For more information please contact: 

reachingwider@swansea.ac.uk  

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students can only benefit from one scheme offering a reduction in UCAS grade requirements. The scheme offering the highest reduction will be applied; and
  • If students are applying for professional degree programmes, the UCAS point reduction may not apply as the entry requirements for many professional degree programmes are determined in consultation with external professional bodies. 

 
 
 
 
 

For more information contact:

Eve Warburton
Tel: +44 (0)1570 424867
E-mail: e.warburton@uwtsd.ac.uk