Press Releases 2014-2015

Summer Uni Students Enjoy UWTSD Campus Experience

28.07.2014

UWTSD SwanseaSixty-three Year 12 students from across South West Wales have spent two weeks on University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea and Carmarthen campuses as part of the Reaching Wider Summer University.

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 South West Wales (Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire). 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.

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.

During the three weeks, students choose one subject to study that is in line with their current academic pathway. They also learn essential skills for success in higher education including writing and presentation skills, critical thinking, research and referencing skills and time management.
Students who successful complete the Summer University will be given a reduction in the required A-level grades (or equivalent UCAS points) by UWTSD and Swansea University.

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

UWTSD CarmarthenMorriston Comprehensive pupil Cerys Kane 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.”

Steven Stokes, Senior Communications Officer at UWTSD, said: “As a University that values widening participation we have been delighted to take part in the Reaching Wider activities for over a decade. This year is particularly exciting for us as our Carmarthen campus became a part of the Summer University residential programme for the first time.

“The balance of a city campus in Swansea and a more rural town campus in Carmarthen would have given the students an opportunity to experience University in two different contexts, which will no doubt help them decide which environment they would prefer to study in.”

Note to Editor

  1. The South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership is a collaboration between University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University, The Open University in Wales, Careers Wales and Further Education Colleges and Schools in South West Wales. The aim of the programme is to widen participation of underrepresented groups of people into Higher Education. Reaching Wider is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

Further Information

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