The Centre for Academic Success

Mission statement:

We aim to provide an inclusive environment where everyone is supported and encouraged to perform to their maximum potential.

The Centre aims to empower students with the skills and confidence necessary to enable them to reach their maximum potential. The teams work closely with academic colleges and other support services to deliver a full programme of academic skills classes and confidential one-to-one appointments in all academic disciplines. The Centre’s team of Specialist Tutors also provide support to students with dyslexia and other specific learning differences, enabling them to get the most out of their academic study. But our work starts before students enter Higher Education. The Reaching Wider team works in partnership with schools, colleges and universities across South West Wales to deliver a vast programme of aspiration raising and confidence building activities to pupils from 9 years of age right through to F.E. College. 

Our Provision

Academic Success Programme

The Academic Success Programme (ASP) is here to help students maximise their potential at university. Whether entering university for the first time, or taking the next step on an academic journey, the team are here to help bridge the gap. By working with students to enhance their skills and gain confidence through a range of courses, workshops and individual tutorials, the ASP team help each student to improve, irrespective of their starting point.

The programme includes a variety of courses such as academic writing, critical thinking and presentation skills. In addition, the team collaborates with academic colleges, offering bespoke workshops and support.

Specialist Tuition for Academic Success

The Specialist Tuition for Academic Success (STAS) is available to eligible students in receipt of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) or other funding streams.  Through one-to-one and group sessions, STAS supports students with SpLDs, ASC, wellbeing needs and medical conditions to improve their academic skills to get the most out of their university experience. 

Reaching Wider

The South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership aims to widen participation by under-represented people in higher education. The team aim to deliver a progressive programme of activity and engagement to targeted children, young people and adults across South West Wales which creates pathways to higher education. 

The programme includes a range of activities from inter-school Maths challenges to residential Summer schools in a range of subjects.

Maths and Stats Success

Maths and Stats Success (MASS) is a service available to students which aims to help with the maths element of courses, irrespective of students' current capabilities.  Friendly one –to–one support is offered by separate Colleges via informal weekly drop in sessions – there's  no need to make an appointment. Additional learning resources can be accessed online.