First Campus Activities
Cardiff University is a member of First Campus – the Reaching Wider Partnership which covers South East Wales. Reaching Wider was established in 2002 by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. Its mission is to break down perceived barriers to higher education and widen access to learning. Through collaboration, First Campus delivers a series of activities for a wide cross section of pupils and adult learners. Activities complement the curriculum, enrich studies, and encourage participation.
Cardiff University currently delivers a number of projects for First Campus:
Confident Futures Summer School
This specialist programme is run with the support of Caerphilly, Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf local authorities and is designed to raise aspirations and promote opportunities for young people leaving care. It includes a residential summer school and a homework support club. Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan local authorities are also becoming involved with this programme.
Discovery Summer School
This unique programme offers a taste of university life to those with Asperger’s Syndrome. A residential summer school, run with support from Autism Cymru and NAS Cymru, allows students with Asperger’s Syndrome and their carers to come and experience university life to help them make informed decisions in the future. This programme has been recognised by specialists as an example of good practice. Staff have provided advice to the Welsh Government in this area.
Able and Talented Maths Revision Course
This programme offers a three-day intensive GCSE maths revision course in the Easter holidays to able and talented students from partner schools in Cardiff and the Heads of the Valleys area. The programme is run in conjunction with local further and higher education institutions, as well as local authorities in the Heads of the Valleys area.
Uni Inspiration Days
First Campus fund the Uni Inspiration days which are one day conferences for Year 11 students in partner schools. They aim to promote higher education and raise aspirations. Parents are invited along to the subject fair and a presentation on the benefits of higher education.
You can find out more about our First Campus Activities by contacting the Senior Widening Access Officer.