Press Releases 2014-2015

Local Students Celebrate Summer University Success

02.10.2014

The achievements of students across South West Wales who took part in the Reaching Wider Summer University were recognised during a special awards ceremony at the University of Wales Trinity Saint (UWTSD) recently.

Pennawd y llun: Myfyrwyr llwyddiannus y Brifysgol Haf yn y seremoni wobrwyoThe ceremony took place at UWTSD’s Townhill Theatre in Swansea and the awards were presented by UWTSD Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wells and Swansea University Director of Student Services Kevin Child. The sixty-one participating students came from Amman Valley School, Bishop Gore School, Bishop Vaughan Catholic School, Coleg Sir Gâr, Gower College Swansea, Gowerton Comprehensive School, Morriston Comprehensive School, NPTC Group, Olchfa Comprehensive School, Pembroke School, Queen Elizabeth High School and St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

Bishop Gore School, Coleg Sir Gâr, Gower College Swansea, Grŵp Gwalia, Neath Port Talbot College Group and Pembrokeshire College sponsored prizes which were presented to the students who excelled in their subject.

The Summer University is designed for students 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.

The Summer University is a free three-week course aimed at Year 12 students studying for a Level 3 qualification in school or college in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire. It is a residential programme where the students spend one week at UWTSD in Swansea, one week at UWTSD in Carmarthen, and one week at Swansea University.

During the three weeks, participating students chose one subject to study that is in line with their current academic pathway. Topics included: Biological Sciences; Business, Marketing and Leisure Management; Creative Arts; Engineering; Health and Social Care; and Psychology, Criminology and Law. Lecturers from UWTSD, Swansea University and the Open University in Wales taught on the Summer University programme while Councillor Paul Meara sponsored a PhD student to teach on the Biological Sciences module.

Students also acquired essential skills for success in higher education including writing and presentation skills, critical thinking, research and referencing skills and time management.

Aside from the academic study, students also enjoyed a full and varied social programme. Activities included bowling, cinema, football, basketball, karaoke, quiz nights, discos, and dance workshops.

As well as receiving a certificate, students have been given a reduction in the required A-level grades (or equivalent UCAS points) if they apply to study at either UWTSD or Swansea University.

Morriston Comprehensive pupil Cerys Kane, who picked up the award for Best Endeavour, said: “The Summer University has been a good experience as it has given me a better understanding of University life. It has provided me with a chance to learn more about the subject that I am interested in, given me an opportunity to meet new people and experience life away from home. It also offers a chance to earn UCAS points which will help towards a place at UWTSD or Swansea University.

“The Summer University is a worthwhile experience and I highly recommend it.”

Over the last ten years 564 students from local schools and colleges have attended the Summer University programme with over 80% going on to attend a higher education institution.

Note to Editor

Reaching Wider is a programme aiming to widen access into higher education across the whole student age range. The South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership organises learning and aspiration raising activities. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales the South West Wales Reaching Wider partnership includes Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Coleg Sir Gâr, Gower College Swansea, Neath Port Talbot College Group, Pembrokeshire College, Careers Wales, The Open University in Wales and schools across participating unitary authorities. The programme aims to extend educational participation to previously excluded and under-represented groups of people in south West Wales.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer
07872 423788
steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk