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Widening participation and community outreach

As Wales’ only Russell Group university we are committed to supporting all students realise their potential, regardless of background.

Our Widening Participation work has a particular focus on those are under-represented in higher education and individuals who have experienced educational disadvantage or disruption.

We offer a wide range of programmes and outreach events that have been carefully designed to break down the barriers to higher education and support students through their educational journey.


HIgher Education Roadshow

Pre-16 programmes

Roadshows, visits and projects that help encourage young students in Wales to reach their potential.

Sixth form students engaged in a widening participation activity.

Post-16 programmes

Programmes, talks and fairs that help prepare college and sixth form students for university.

summer school

Equality, diversity and inclusion programmes

Carefully tailored programmes for young people with autism spectrum conditions, asylum seekers, young carers, adults learners and more.

Summer Schools, festivals and residential programmes

Each year we run a series of summer schools on campus over June, July and August. As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic this year we will be launching our first virtual summer festival, Gŵyl eCampws Festival.

This two-week digital festival will give students the opportunity to take part in a variety of online and offline activities designed to help them prepare for university life.

Supporting teachers and advisors

We also provide information and support to teachers and careers advisors to help prepare students for higher education.

We have developed strong partnerships with organisations to ensure that the programmes we deliver are as effective as they can be in delivering the best possible outcomes for you and your students.

Find out more about educational resources and activities for teachers, schools and colleges here.

One third of children in Wales live in poverty. Only about one quarter of these young people currently achieve a GCSE result that gives them a reasonable chance of moving out of poverty in their adult lives.

Professor David Egan Director of the Wales Centre for Equity in Education

Contact us

If you think you and/or your students could benefit from our support, please contact us.

Widening participation and outreach team