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Widening Participation

Widening Participation

Wrexham Glyndŵr University and our widening participation department is committed to ensuring that everyone who has the potential to achieve in higher education is given the chance to do so, irrespective of age, gender, disability, sexuality, race or social background.

A quarter of our graduates come from what are known as low participation neighbourhoods. Put simply, these are people who never thought they could go to university, but did.

On graduation, 93% of students who completed a full-time degree in 2015/16 were in work or further study six months after graduation – the best in region.

At Wrexham Glyndŵr University, it’s important to us that people from lower income households can not only aspire to but also access a university education.

Our success helps level the playing field and address key issues such as child poverty and inequity. That’s why we’ve taken the lead in Wales, setting best practice and establishing benchmarks on improving access to higher education.

See below to discover how higher education is closer than you think…

Welcoming diversity

Many people think that university is only for high-flying A level students or teenagers with rich parents. Wrong.

Here at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, we’re open to all.

This means that, whatever your background, age, gender or disability, we offer support and advice to help you succeed here.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University appreciates the diversity of the communities it serves, and also the students we teach. We provide specific support to breakdown barriers specific to this under-represented group, including language, cultural and faith differences, in order to create a sense of equality and cohesion for all.

We strive to increase the number of people from black and minority ethnic communities accessing higher education with the help of our partners, and also to retain and improve attainment in these areas.

We are also very keen to develop our work with the travelling community and to build on our well-established interfaith structure.

Care Leavers

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is proud to have been the first university in Wales to be awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers, which was awarded for our "exemplary commitment to helping young people in and leaving care in their academic endeavours and onto success" (Gerri McAndrew, Chief Exec of Buttle UK.) Our work continues now that the mark has been phased out, to maintain and improve on our strong standard of support.

We understand that going to university not only develops academic abilities but should be about giving everyone the opportunity to access higher education whilst meeting new people and having fun, irrespective of their background.

Find out more about support for care leavers here.

Community groups

Our staff work extensively with community groups to provide Adult Learning and outreach promoting higher education to schools and groups. To encourage them to appreciate the university experience, we deliver a full schedule of events and seminars to raise awareness, inspire and engage the local community.

Strong business partnerships enable us to design and deliver qualifications with greater relevance to the workplace.  As well as supporting workforce development programmes, we work with professional organisations to deliver courses offering Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

This means qualifications are relevant and benefit employers and employees alike.

Communities First

Our widening participation department has strong links with our local Community First offices in Caia/Hightown and the Urban Villages, as well as in East and West Flintshire, Rhyl SW and Upper Denbigh. Our work is extended across other priority postcode areas both in Wales and across the border in England. Our aim is to engage with the hardest to reach members of our community in our quest to support both children and adults in recognising the vast benefits of education.

This is achieved through the delivery of a structured programme of community-based events and activities which help to inspire and encourage our communities to engage and participate.

Find out if you are entitled to extra support – both financial and pastoral – by clicking here.

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