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19 April 2011
Budding mathematicians looking to hone their key skills ready for their GCSE exams will take part in a set of innovative three-day revision sessions at Cardiff University this week (Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st April). The revision sessions will see some 30 pupils from Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys schools descend on Cardiff University to take part in workshops run by qualified maths teachers and current University maths students to help fine tune maths skills and improve their chance of exam success. The Cardiff sessions are part of similar events taking place at Coleg Gwent, Ebbw Vale and the University of Glamorgan. In total, more than 100 of the most able and talented pupils from 12 schools across the South Wales Valleys are set to take part. "Good exam results in Maths remain one of the most important factors in helping kick start a youngsters future academic and working opportunities in life," according to Vicki Roylance, the University’s Senior Widening Access Officer, who organised the events across the centres. "Holding this three day event will hopefully give extra support and help prepare them for the tough GCSE maths exams to come," she adds. Students who take part in the week will get the chance to follow a dedicated programme of study designed specifically to support and help their GCSE studies. Organised by Reaching Wider, First Campus - a partnership between higher education institutions, further education colleges and schools in South East Wales – the sessions are designed to give the pupils advice, help and vital revision tips. Vicki Roylance adds: "Revising for exams at this time of the year is always difficult and stressful. This event will not only help students with their revision but hopefully take away some of the pressure from the students, and their parents. "It’s important that Cardiff University is able to support projects like this – not only to help build confidence but improve our links and collaboration with schools and colleges across the South Wales Valleys." -Ends-
Notes A filming opportunity with students is available. An interview with Vicki Roylance, Cardiff University’s Senior Widening Access Officer will also be available on Wednesday 20th April between 11-12 at Cardiff University’s School of Humanities (Location 16: www.cardiff.ac.uk/locations/maps/index.html) To confirm filming, please contact: Chris Jones Public Relations Cardiff University Tel: 029 20 874731 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, University President 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. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.
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