Cardiff University’s homework club support expands with new partnership

Cardiff University’s flagship Student Tutor Project has teamed up with Student Volunteering Cardiff (SVC) to increase the provision they offer to school pupils and communities in some of the most deprived areas of Cardiff.

Together Cardiff University and SVC will be supporting 12 local community based homework clubs this year, many of which have pupils that are from families who have little or no history of going to university. They include Adamsdown Homework Club, Tremorfa Homework Club, Riverside Homework Club, ACE Homework Club, Somali Education Foundation Homework Club, Willows High School, Michaelston Community College and Glyn Derw High School. New areas, Llanrumney, Ely and Pentrebane, are also being added to the list.

42 Student Tutors, many of whom are the first in their family to attend university, have been recruited and trained to provide tutoring and mentoring support to the local homework clubs. The Student Tutors commit at least 3 hours per week to work in in the homework clubs, primarily tutoring in Maths and English to help improve the pupils’ grades. They also work to increase the awareness of Higher Education opportunities and promote aspirations of university education.

Sharifo, a parent of children that attend the Adamsdown Homework Club, said: “I’ve got two daughters that attend the Homework Club. They both attend Adamsdown Primary School and they have noticed the benefits. They say ‘I like to go to Cardiff University’ or ‘I can’t wait to get to Cardiff University’. They can’t wait to grow up.”

Student Tutor Project Co-ordinator Liena Abu Laban said: “The new partnership with SVC is a very positive move forward. As a result we have been able to increase provision from 7 homework clubs to 12 12 this year to meet the increasing demand in the community – which is exactly what Keith Towler, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales asked for in the Child Poverty Strategy 2012 Onwards.”

Not only does the project address attainment and aspiration issues regarding Higher Education, but it also offers immense benefits to the Student Tutors. The work as a student tutor increases the undergraduates’ employability skills by giving them work experience, training and a wealth of knowledge and insight into working with young people – particularly useful for those who are considering teaching as a career.

SVC Manager Adrienne Earls said: “SVC is delighted to be working in partnership with the Widening Access Department on the ‘Student Tutor Project’. This will offer some fantastic new volunteering opportunities for students to gain experience of working in a diverse variety of homework clubs across the local community, and teach the students invaluable skills for their personal development and future employment. It is also a great opportunity to strengthen our links and highlight the many benefits of working together in partnership.”

Last year the project was praised by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Children’s Commissioner for Wales Keith Towler. It is hoped that the new partnership with SVC and the subsequent growth will make it another successful year.

Pathway students achieve their ambition to study Social Science

The first cohort of Pathway to Social Science students have joined the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, after successfully completing the first part of their learning Pathway at the University’s Continuing & Professional Education. The Pathway is part-time and taught in the evening and weekends and designed to give mature students the support and encouragement they need to fulfil their potential of studying at University.


David Edwards, student on the Pathway commented “The Pathway is the best thing I have ever done and now means I will be a student at Cardiff University, which is quite an achievement for me and one I am immensely proud of. The Pathway is actually life-changing.”

Professor Amanda Coffey (Dean for Education and Students, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) commented: “We are delighted that eight students will be transferring to the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. This is exciting news for SOCSI as adult learners bring a wealth of knowledge from their own backgrounds and experience. The Pathway students have demonstrated commitment to their studies and have gained places on their own merit. They now have the opportunity to follow their own passions and explore research from experts in the field as they join around one thousand undergraduates in the School of Social Sciences.”

Pathway students attended a welcome meeting hosted by Professor Amanda Coffey and Jan Stephens, Pathway to Social Science Co-ordinator. Jan Stephens commented: “This is an important day for the students. They have all shown great promise on the Pathway and have worked incredibly hard to achieve this success. As mature students they confidently contribute to classroom debate and discussions. I am sure they will all succeed in their studies!”

The Pathway to Social Science is just one of many pathways offered by Continuing & Professional Education. Others subjects are available including: history, archaeology, religion, business management, accounting and finance, European languages, translation, English language, literature, philosophy, journalism, media and cultural studies. For more information visit

Six adult learners have progressed onto degrees at Cardiff University

Exploring the Past BrochureContinuing & Professional Education is pleased to announce that six students have successfully completed the Exploring the Past Pathway and will be starting their degrees at Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion in the next few weeks.

Dan Jewson, one of the students progressing, said: “I will be starting an undergraduate degree in history in September 2013.  This would not have been possible without Exploring the Past. I have been given an opportunity to get back into academic study after a long break. The courses have helped me gain the necessary credits to progress to an undergraduate degree programme. Further, they have given me the confidence and self-belief to feel I can be successful at undergraduate study. Thank you to everyone associated with Exploring the Past.  Everyone has been so supportive and helpful.”

As part of the pathway students were encouraged to take part in a series of archaeological digs alongside professional archaeologists at Ham Hill, Dinas Powys and Caerau. Student Janet Maurice attended the dig on an iron-age hillfort at Ham Hill. She said: “The excavation technique was entirely new to me but also how the lead archaeologists took the bits of evidence from many different sections of the dig and from different techniques. The most interesting thing was the discovery of the artefacts. When I was there quite a few were revealed including two pig skulls, pots and bits of pots and best of all a Neolithic flint scraper. I am totally convinced I want to do archaeology. The collating of the information is very time consuming but produces amazing results.”

Exploring the Past is a unique progression pathway that is made up of six 10-credit modules in archaeology, religious studies and history. The pathway is collaboration between Continuing & Professional Education and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University and its framework and environment is designed specifically to cater for the needs of busy adult learners.

The Pathway Co-ordinator Dr Richard Marsden said: “All of us who work on Exploring the Past are incredibly proud to be involved in it and with the students who study it. This year another group of adults from a wide range of backgrounds are progressing onto degrees. Their achievement really shows that hard work and enthusiasm does pay off.”

Continuing & Professional Education currently offers another five Pathways, including: Accounting and Finance; Business and Management; Modern Languages or Translation; and Social Sciences. Two new pathways we will be added to the programme in January, leading to degrees in English Literature, English Language, Philosophy and Journalism.

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