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University for all

We have a range of programmes and activities designed to raise aspirations and promote higher education to traditionally under-represented groups.

HIgher Education Roadshow

Step-Up programme

University staff visit target schools and speak to pupils when they are in Year 11.

Student talking to class during Higher Education Roadshow

Higher Education Roadshow

Raising awareness of higher education by visiting schools and colleges throughout Wales.

Adamsdown homework club

First Campus activities

Breaking down perceived barriers to higher education and widening access to learning.

Two male year 7 pupils work with a petri dish at a desk

Trio Sci Cymru

A new initiative by the Welsh Government to boost take-up of STEM subjects in Wales.

We are committed to responding to the Welsh Government's expectations outlined in its higher education strategy - For our Future - and have developed a widening access and retention strategy through which we will:

  • raise the aspirations and attainment of students from groups under-represented in higher education in Wales
  • ensure that we recruit students to the University from all backgrounds and recognise the full potential of students during the admissions process
  • offer additional routes onto selected full-time undergraduate courses and more flexible postgraduate modes of delivery
  • provide tailored support for students to allow them to develop academically, professionally and personally to their full potential.

Many staff and students across the University are involved in this important work.

Our strategy

We have a range of programmes and activities designed to raise aspirations and promote higher education to traditionally under-represented groups.

Widening access addresses the recruitment, retention and progression of students from a wide variety of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education.

These include people from ethnic minority groups, from disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities and those from families with no previous experience of higher education.

Cardiff University is dedicated to promoting equality. We recognise the benefits that a diverse and talented student community can bring. We are committed to responding to the Welsh Government's expectations outlined in its higher education strategy - For our Future - and have developed a widening access and retention strategy through which we will:

  • raise the aspirations and attainment of students from groups under-represented in higher education in Wales
  • ensure that we recruit students to the University from all backgrounds and recognise the full potential of students during the admissions process
  • offer additional routes onto selected full-time undergraduate courses and more flexible postgraduate modes of delivery
  • provide tailored support for students to allow them to develop academically, professionally and personally to their full potential.

Many staff and students across the University are involved in this important work.

Our strategy

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Widening access and retention strategy 2016

21 March 2017

Read our widening access and retention strategy, which explains how we will attract, recruit and retain the most able students from the most diverse backgrounds and enable them to maximise their potential.

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Widening access team

We have developed a range of support services in order to support students during their time with us.

There are financial support packages in the form of scholarships and bursaries to ensure that the cost of study is not a barrier to an education at Cardiff University

We have implemented a contextual admissions model with the purpose of providing admissions tutors with a more complete overview of an applicant's attainment and potential.

We also offer a range of student support services delivered by our two Student Support Centres which include:

  • advice and guidance
  • disability and dyslexia
  • counselling
  • careers and employability
  • financial support.

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Widening access team

We offer more than 300 undergraduate degree programmes and a modular system which provides a large degree of flexibility and choice.

Many programmes allow students to defer their choice of specialism until after the second year, whilst others provide intensive preparation from the start. More than 50 programmes also benefit from professional recognition.

Students at a Business School event

The University recognises that many of the professional degree programmes are extremely competitive and entry requirements are high, possibly precluding applications from some students from groups under-represented in higher education. 

To help address this, we are developing additional routes onto selected full-time undergraduate degree programmes. For instance, Cardiff School of Medicine has developed feeder courses to its Medical degree. 

These feeder courses are the School's BSc Medical Pharmacology degree and the BSc Medical Sciences degree offered by the University of South Wales. Similar links with a number of degree programmes offered by Cardiff School of Biosciences and Bangor University are under consideration.

In addition the University is developing its flexible part-time postgraduate opportunities as well as the 'gateway' courses and learning pathways offered by the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Widening access team