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Widening participation

Our vision is that all students, regardless of their background or personal experience, are inspired to consider higher education as an achievable option, and can study, succeed and thrive at Cardiff University and beyond.

This vision is founded on our values and commitment to supporting and celebrating diversity, creating an open and inclusive community, and putting students at the heart of what we do.

Building on our values and commitment to diversity and inclusion, we have developed a strategy to ensure that all students can flourish and develop to become our professionals of tomorrow and future leaders of society.

Our Widening Participation Strategy 2020-2025 builds on our excellent record of putting students at the heart of what we do and is aimed at supporting students from socio-economically deprived and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to engage, achieve and succeed at Cardiff University.

We understand the power of education to transform lives and believe that socio-economic deprivation, low participation rates in university education, educational disadvantage and education disruption should not be barriers to students achieving their full academic potential and gaining access to meaningful and fulfilling careers.

Our widening participation strategy is focused around four major areas of activity:

  • To engage and inspire people of all generations to consider higher education as a realistic and achievable option.
  • To attract and recruit students with academic potential, regardless of background or personal experience.
  • To enable successful transition to university and foster an excellent and supportive student experience.
  • To nurture and encourage confident and successful futures for all.

Widening participation strategy 2020-25

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.

Widening Participation Annual Report 2023

This annual review reflects upon the last year and explores how we fit our work to the aims of our WP Strategy 2020-2025.

Contact us

Widening Participation and Outreach Team