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Cardiff University supports local A-level students in STEM subjects

12 January 2012

Cardiff University has been running free revision sessions for local A-level students sitting their Chemistry and Physics exams this week.

All students from Cardiff’s inner-city state schools were given the opportunity to come to the University to help them prepare for their exams and sit practice papers.

These initial revision sessions are part of the University’s A-level master classes comprising three days of support, including two days of solid revision followed by a visit day to the University. As well as revision opportunities, students also receive advice on what to do after the exam, including university applications and the careers are available to them in their chosen subjects. The pupils also get to meet academic staff, their potential future lecturers, and get a flavour of what university life is like.

Louise Gray, Widening Access Manager at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: "We offer a wide range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Cardiff University and we are looking for more applications from talented young people. The revision sessions have been devised to increase the attainment in these subjects and ultimately raise the number of students interested in applying to university."

Susan Miles, Lecturer in Physics/Quality and Operational Manager at Cardiff and Vale College, provided the tutoring for the students on the Physics revision sessions. She said: "The AS students greatly benefitted from the intensive revision days at the University. They provided a valuable opportunity for students to prepare for their January exams and hopefully they’ll get some excellent results. It was a fantastic experience for the students to work in a university setting for the day. Many of the students will be applying to University next year and I’m sure they’ll be encouraged by this. Cardiff University is a popular choice for many of our students, after their College courses. Cardiff and Vale College has strong links with the University which we hope to strengthen."

Lauren Powel, one of the students who attended the Physics revision session, said: "It allowed other students and myself the opportunity to place ourselves within a calm environment where we're capable of studying and revising along with our peers. I give nothing but praise to those involved, and many thanks to those who gave up their personnel free time to aid us in the final preparations towards our exams."

The University is planning more revision sessions in the run up to the summer exams.

Note to editors

1. Exam dates

AS physics exam is on 12 January 2012 in the afternoon.

AS Chemistry exam is on 13 January 2012 in the afternoon.

2. A-level master classes

These classes in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English and Biology combine academic subject support just before exams, along with advice and guidance regarding careers. Places will be allocated to AS students in high schools or college in Communities First Areas. Please contact Louise Gray for more information on this. Email: or tel: 029 2087 5397.

3. Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales. The Centre provides around 400 Lifelong Learning Courses a year. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provides short courses for business, public sector employers and the individual. The Centre also provides business language training at all levels, including translation services and interpreters.

4. Cardiff University

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.

For further information contact:

Jayne McGill

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 2087 6342