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.

The South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership aims to increase participation in higher education by people from underrepresented groups and communities in South West Wales with a specific focus on people who live within the bottom 40% of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation, care experienced young people, and carers. 

We are funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Reaching Wider Programme and our partners are Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, The Open University in Wales, Coleg Sir Gâr, Gower College Swansea, Neath Port-Talbot Group of Colleges, Pembrokeshire College, Careers Wales, local authorities and schools in South West Wales.

Through collaboration, we offer a range of learning and aspiration-raising activities for targeted children, young people and adults across South West Wales which create pathways to higher education. We work mainly with schools and families and offer activities ranging from short study skills sessions to residential experiences.

Feedback from teachers about the programme:

The arrangements and the staff on the day were excellent, ensuring pupils had a very positive experience. Although our pupils did not win a match, they left feeling proud of the fact that their teachers had shown faith in them and that they made a valiant attempt in front of a crowd of strangers. It was nice to be in an environment where academic achievement was celebrated by all with no need to pretend you were not a "swot"! -  Teacher from Ysgol Gyfun Maes Y Gwendraeth

Pupils felt the benefit of group and team work. Children in our area of Llanelli lack the models in terms of attendance at university / higher education, so this is a great opportunity - Teacher from Ysgol Pen Rhos, Llanelli

A well organised programme that has helped the pupils learn the value of university in their journey! - Teacher from Ysgol Pen Rhos, Llanelli

All children were engaged throughout the day. The Student Ambassadors were enthusiastic and answered all the children's questions. A fantastic opportunity for the children to see that they can achieve - Teacher from Ysgol Bryn Teg, Llanelli.


I:Ganu is a music and singing workshop, designed to develop Welsh as a second language in primary schools for Year 5 & Year 6 pupils. Children will have the opportunity to write, record and create a music video of their original songs, through the medium of Welsh. The initiative aims to promote the Welsh language to contribute towards the Welsh Government's aim of having 1 million Welsh speakers by 2050.

The aim of I:Aspire is to raise awareness of Higher Education through our Widening Access agenda.The government is of the opinion that planning the seed early is of the utmost importance. The day will be filled with fun activities, whilst showing pupils the various choices that they can make at university. The pupils go on a tour of the campus, learn about what it is like to be a university student, and about the opportunities that arise from having a degree. The sessions will involve splitting the pupils into smaller groups, facilitated by our fully trained Student Ambassadors.

I:Spell is a Spelling Bee for Year 7 pupils. The main aim of the event is to encourage pupils to engage with ‘English’ in a fun way and to promote the essential literacy skills that enable young people to reach their potential. I:Spell is designed around the English curriculum and the Writing across the curriculum strand of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) with resources made available to all schools wishing to compete. This allows all teams taking part to familiarise themselves with all aspects of the competition before the event.

I:Create are workshops related to the creative industries for Year 8 pupils, such as creating animations, green screen sessions, cast making etc.

I:Decide is a workshop for year 9 pupils, based at UWTSD’s Carmarthen camps, centred around their GCSE options, and deciding on a career path. Filled with fun activities, the day is structured with students working closely with Key Stage 3 pupils through a series of activities aimed at raising aspirations to workshophigher education through increased awareness of student life, the different routes into HE and the variety of courses available.

I:Publish are a series of creative writing workshops for Year 10 pupils, where they will get the chance to publish their work worldwide via Amazon Kindle.

An opportunity for Year 11 pupils to attend taster sessions across all campuses at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.



I:Revise is a GCSE revision scheme for core subjects over the Easter holidays for Year 11 pupils who have the ability to gain Cs in core subjects, but who are in danger of not achieving. Innovative revision methods and tips are presented to pupils, whilst also having the opportunity to have personalised tutoring sessions.

For more information contact:

Ryan Peters - Senior Reaching Wider Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1267 676792