Widening access

Widening access

Widening access - ensuring that as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate in higher education, regardless of their geographic, social, and economic background - is an important part of the University's learning and teaching strategy.

Swansea University aims to further enhance student participation from all areas of society, and particularly from disadvantaged communities in South Wales.  Swansea is the only university in Wales that takes its courses to the community as well as running them on campus. In total, the University delivers courses at 87 venues in the region.

Many people study part-time because they want to balance their work and family commitments with gaining a qualification that enables them to change the direction of their careers. For others, a part-time degree allows them to continue working to support their families and finance their studies.

The University's Department of Adult Continuing Education offers a wide range of courses as well as a part-time BA Humanities programme. The part-time degree was established in 1990 to enable students to study a range of subjects over a six-year period. There are currently 305 students, aged 20 to 78, enrolled on the course. Students can also study part-time for certain degrees in English or History.

The University is the lead partner of the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership which was established in 2003 to enable people in South West Wales to engage in Further and Higher Education   The Partnership offers a range of learning and aspiration raising activities, from short workshops to a three week residential Summer University, which are delivered to people living in Communities First areas and Looked After Children and Care Leavers.  Within these groups the Partnership also aims to work with other under-represented groups in higher education and students studying through the medium of Welsh.