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University maths project inspires most able Welsh pupils

19 May 2010

More than 100 South Wales school pupils have benefited from extra maths revision courses laid on by Cardiff University in collaboration with the First Campus education partnership.

The pupils, from inner city Cardiff and the Heads of the Valleys, were among the most able in their years. The aim was to bring them together in a challenging environment which would inspire them to achieve the highest grades at GCSE.

The course was organised by Cardiff University’s Widening Access team, which encourages young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to aspire toward higher education.

In total, 114 pupils from 16 schools attended three days of maths revision in small group sessions which were delivered in the medium of English and Welsh. Their feedback was enthusiastic, with a number suggesting the courses should be made longer! Some 92% said it had inspired them to apply to university in the future.

One parent, whose son has visual and mobility difficulties, added: "He is very aware of the importance of making as much of his education as possible as he will encounter more barriers than most as he enters the employment market. It was very reassuring for my son and us, as his parents, to experience the opportunity given to him by your organisation and your positive attitude in ensuring he was not at any time put at a disadvantage due to his circumstances."

Headteachers also welcomed the course. Jo Kemp, Deputy Head of Learning Support at Fitzalan High School in Cardiff said: "All of the students involved have commented how much they enjoyed the course and how they think that it helped them to understand some concepts that they had previously had difficulty with. They have also commented that the timing was perfect in helping them to identify certain specific areas where they would need to direct their revision in school sessions over the next few weeks."

The course was provided at Cardiff University, Glamorgan University, Coleg Morgannwg Aberdare Campus, Coleg Gwent Ebbw Vale Campus and Merthyr Tydfil College. It was funded by the South East Wales Education Partnership First Campus and involved collaboration with four local authorities.

This new development is part of Cardiff University’s ongoing efforts to help the Welsh Assembly Government succeed in its efforts to widen access to higher education. Each pupil who completed the three days’ tuition has been offered membership of Cardiff University’s Step up to University Scheme. Run by the Widening Access team, this offers ongoing support through school years 11-13, with the aim of encouraging the pupils to apply to university.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Rouse,

Public Relations Office,

Cardiff University.

029 2087 5596


Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.