University initiative helps to inspire pupils

16 February 2017

Pupils from South Wales joined Members of the National Assembly and academics from Cardiff University to gain an insight into politics and the law making process in Wales, during a visit to the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

The visit was organised as part of a three-day “Winter School” residential programme for 14 and 15 years olds from schools across south Wales, to inspire those less likely to continue into higher education to consider going to university. In addition to focussing on English, Maths and Science as part of the core curriculum, Cardiff University academics led taster sessions ranging from Law, Portuguese, Statistics and Music to give students an idea of the diversity that higher education has to offer.

As part of the visit to the Senedd, the pupils met with local Assembly Members to hear more about their work.

The “Winter School” project has been organised and funded through a partnership between First Campus, Cardiff University and the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service (CSCJES). The joint initiative brings together 80 pupils from 7 schools, across 5 local authorities.

The “Winter School” project has been organised and funded through a partnership between First Campus, Cardiff University and the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service (CSCJES). The joint initiative brings together 80 pupils from 7 schools, across 5 local authorities.

A strong track record

Cardiff University has a strong track record in helping students to overcome barriers to higher education. Working with more than 100 schools and colleges in disadvantaged areas across Wales, the University helps young people less likely to attend university to gain the confidence and skills they need to succeed. This is coupled with meaningful support for students during their time at Cardiff to help ensure that their educational experience is rich and fulfilling.

Professor Amanda Coffey, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Standards at Cardiff University, said: “For some young people, going to university can seem an unrealistic option; particularly so if they don’t know anyone else with experience of higher education. Many may not aware of the breadth of opportunities that are on offer, or don’t have the confidence to begin the application process..."

"This “Winter School” initiative plays an important part in helping young people to take their first steps on a journey into higher education.”

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