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Widening access

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Careers and Role Model
Grangetown Careers and Role Model Week.

Over the past four years, Community Gateway has worked closely with partners and colleagues at Cardiff University to make Higher Education courses and careers more accessible for Grangetown residents.

Once a year, Career and Role Model week takes place at Grange Pavilion where professional and academic staff from Cardiff University offer local people support with university applications, careers advice, job interview coaching, mentorship and a chance to visit the University.

Staff and students from Cardiff University's School of Medicine have also launched PACE, a mentoring project for school children, aiming to provide guidance and support to ensure students have the correct qualifications and experience in order to gain a place at university to study medicine. This will be a five-year project and success will be closely monitored to demonstrate project impact and success.

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Role Models

Raising aspirations by connecting local people with mentors, experts and opportunities.

The idea

Offering the people of Grangetown careers advice, guidance on how to get to university, how to apply for jobs and coaching for interviews.


The Career and Role Model week is now in its fourth year and is one of the most popular events in the Community Gateway calendar offering both career and course advice to Grangetown residents of all ages.

Events are held throughout the week giving residents a chance to meet academic and professional staff from Cardiff University and receive advice, support and guidance with applications.

During the week, residents are also given the opportunity to sign up to attend the University undergraduate open day and are provided with transport from Grangetown to attend.

Community Gateway has also actively sought to encourage community members to take advantage of the diverse range of job opportunities available at Cardiff University by working closely with staff from the Human Resources and Careers and Employability teams who offer CV checks and careers advice.

Budding entrepreneurs and business owners are also catered for during the week with information sessions on how to set up a business and opportunities to meet with the procurement team to find out how businesses can work with the university.

The Career and Role Model week has been incredibly successful with a number of local Grangetown residents gaining places on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at university – success that Community Gateway only hopes to build on in the future.

Career and role model week 2019

Career and Role Model week took place between 18-22 March 2019 at the Grangetown Hub and had over 300 visitors.

Events included:

Careers at Cardiff University

  • How to apply
  • Cover letters
  • Placements
  • Apprenticeships
  • CV Checks
  • Interview Advice

Meet the Schools

  • Admissions Advice
  • Meet Academic Staff
  • Qualification Guidelines
  • UCAS support
  • Interactive Activities

Construction Industry and STEM Day

  • Meet members of BECT, Mann Williams, and IBI Group
  • Meet academic staff from STEM subjects
  • Practical and creative career opportunities

Next steps

The next Career and Role Model week will take place in March 2020 at the Grange Pavilion.

Community Gateway

Ali Abdi

Ali Abdi

Partnerships and Facilities Manager


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Interactive learning session with academic staff from Cardiff University at Grange Pavilion.

Cardiff University's School of Medicine launches PACE project - promoting academic excellence within the Grangetown community.

The idea

The idea for PACE was developed after the Grangetown Careers and Role Model Week 2018 held a joint Medical School and Health Care Sciences Workshop. This was a very well-attended session by both local children and their parents with lots of interest in careers in this area.

Widening access to healthcare professions is a key goal for the School of Medicine and this project aims to support and stimulate student academic development and encourage aspirations. The PACE project's focus is on Year 9 students at local catchment high schools and aims to support and develop their interests into a career in a healthcare profession.

The project is starting with pupils at local secondary school, Fitzalan High School.


The School of Medicine is working closely with Community Gateway's partnership manager, Ali Abdi, to develop and launch the project. Activities will include:

  • weekly tutorial sessions for students in Grangetown
  • tutor and student led sessions
  • access to University facilities
  • recruitment of Cardiff University student role models
  • regular science workshops delivered at the partner school
  • interactive signup event for parents and students.

Next steps

This is a five-year project and success will be monitored closely, with hope that similar projects will be possible in future years.