Widening Access

Widening Access

Students talking in library

“Widening access is about increasing opportunities for people from a diverse range of backgrounds to benefit from higher education“ (HEFCW)

Widening Participation

As a University we pride ourselves on being one of the leading institutions in enabling  participation from a range of students from a diverse background.

The official definition of widening access by the Higher Education Funding Council Wales is;

“Widening access is about increasing opportunities for people from a diverse range of backgrounds to benefit from higher education“ (HEFCW)

We at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David  ensure this by providing information, support and guidance to local community groups as well as giving advice on a one on one basis to anyone wishing to return to higher education, regardless of circumstance or background.

This is vital for the promotion of social justice and to help create a buoyant economy for Wales. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is committed to removing barriers to higher education, whether they're physical, social, cultural or financial.

We work with external partners to deliver outreach projects which aim to raise aspirations, build confidence and increase progression to higher education. We believe that widening access is about supporting non-traditional students once they have entered University too so we have an in-house Widening Access team  working within the University to help support entry and retention. This team works within the University to implement institution-wide measures to improve attainment and to provide support for students from groups without a strong tradition of participation in higher education. 

We also offer employment to UWTSD Students as Student Ambassadors to help deliver activities.

As a University very much embedded in the local community, we make community support and engagement a top priority in our work.

We have bustling busy campuses in three locations across West Wales, in the beautiful countryside of Carmarthen, the stunning coastal city of Swansea and the rural serenity of Lampeter. Having these three campuses means that we can not only offer a diverse range of courses but also a very unique student experience, depending on your preference from city centre to countryside.

Here is an example of just some of the community groups we have a good working relationship with around our three main campuses:

Eve Warburton 
Executive Widening Participation and Community Engagement Officer
e.warburton@uwtsd.ac.uk
01570 424867

Elliot Wigfall
Outreach Officer
e.wigfall@uwtsd.ac.uk
01267 676789

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Lucy Bedall
lucy.beddall@uwtsd.ac.uk