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Equality, diversity and inclusion programmes

The role of the Widening Participation Team is to promote equality, diversity and inclusion by helping students from specific groups to access and prepare for university.

This includes students who are:

  • from low income backgrounds
  • the first in the family to attend university
  • care-experienced
  • carers
  • estranged from their families
  • asylum seekers and refugees
  • black and under-represented ethnic backgrounds
  • LGBT+
  • student parents
  • mature students.

We can offer information, advice and guidance for your university application, and tips to help students prepare university.

Our Discovery Project is designed specifically for 14-19 year olds who have autism spectrum conditions.

The project consists of fortnightly mentoring sessions that bring the students together on campus. In addition to developing social and communication skills, they learn about university in a relaxed and sociable setting.

The project culminates with a two-day residential summer school focussed on developing key skills to thrive at university, such as living independently, budgeting and working with others.

Discovery Visit Day

We also run Discovery Visit Day, an open day specifically for young people with autism spectrum conditions. During this event, students are given the opportunity to have a tour of the campus and learn about the support available to students studying at Cardiff University.

This Project aims to build confidence and support care-experienced young people to fulfil their potential and make decisions about their futures. We build meaningful relationships with the young people by meeting regularly over a period of six months in a relaxed and social environment.

The project culminates with a two-day residential summer school, designed to build confidence and self-esteem and help the students to plan for their future.

Our Aspire summer programme has been designed to address some of the challenges that refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants face when seeking to return to study.

Aspire helps them overcome some of these obstacles through:

  • intensive English language classes
  • academic taster courses
  • inspirational trips and tours to help boost confidence
  • expert advice on how to apply to university.

Whilst this programme is currently targeted at adult learners, we are exploring opportunities to expand it to young people and children of asylum seekers and refugees.

Please contact us at outreach@cardiff.a.uk if you would like to find out more.

We are currently developing a programme specifically for young carers.

Please contact us at outreach@cardiff.ac.uk to find out more.

We offer a number of opportunities for adult learners who are thinking of returning to education.

Our ‘Live Local, Learn Local’ short courses are designed to engage parents, adult learners, asylum seekers, refugees and people not in education, employment or training. They can create a pathway to a full degree programme or provide a stepping stone to re-enter employment.

The programme delivers free, 10-credit, level 3 modules in communities around Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys, where participation in higher education is currently low.

We can run this programme in partnership with your school as a way to engage with parents and guardians.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more or get involved with any of our programmes please contact us.

Widening participation and outreach team