Fee and access plan
Under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015, we are required to develop a fee and access plan each year, and invest a proportion of undergraduate fee income on fee and access plan activity.
Our fee and access plan sets out the activities we will deliver to ensure equality of opportunity and fair access for groups that are under-represented in higher education, and to support them to achieve successful outcomes. This includes measures to attract applications from, and retain students from, those under-represented groups.
The plan also details how we will continue to provide higher education, including Welsh language provision, to all undergraduate students by enhancing student experience and employability.
In order to promote equality of opportunity, widen access to higher education, increase Welsh medium learning and improve outcomes for under-represented groups and vulnerable students, we will:
- Raise aspirations and increase access to higher education amongst under-represented groups through University-led activities and in partnership with First Campus Reaching Wider.
- Support continuation among under-represented groups and those with additional needs. We will do this through a new emphasis on comprehensive transition support to adapt to university life.
- Implement expansion of our Welsh medium provision in partnership with the Coleg Cenedlaethol Cymraeg as part of a new, holistic Welsh Language Strategy - one that aims at increasing the take-up of our provision through the enhancement of all aspects of the University’s Welsh language life.
- Improve the employability of under-represented groups with targeted careers support and additional support packages for international placements.
In order to promote higher education, improve civic engagement, ensure high quality teaching and learning and support the student voice and graduate employability, we will:
- Deliver a community and civic engagement programme including working with schools and colleges across Wales.
- Provide a high-quality teaching and learning experience, environment and infrastructure that meets students’ diverse needs.
- Provide a high-quality student support service which complements the teaching and learning environment enabling students to have the best student experience.
- Improve our students’ employability through our careers and employability service and by providing more work experience opportunities including placements, volunteering and international opportunities.
Download our current plans
The original 2019/20 plan was approved by HEFCW in July 2018. A variation to Annex Aii was approved by HEFCW 16 July 2019. This variation was to account for a new franchise agreement with Bangor University for the delivery of the MBBCCh degree in North Wales.
Plans from previous years
Download our HEFCW approved fees and access plans from previous years: