Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success

Enabling people to access higher education successfully

We are:

  • Ensuring that students have the academic and pastoral support to succeed in their studies

  • Widening access to increase opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to benefit from higher education

Lead people in each academic area work with staff and students to identify good practice and enhance what we do.  We have an Academic Success Programme open to all students which offers classes in a friendly and relaxed environment.

We are working with partners in the region to offer pathways into higher education for underrepresented groups. Our partners include the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership, other universities, further education colleges, and schools in South West Wales.


SAILS news

SAILS Conference on student transition

The Student Journey: Keeping on Track

SAILS in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be hosting a national conference on student transition on Thursday 18th May 2017 in the Great Hall on the Bay Campus.

Confirmed key note presenters include: 

  • Dan Shaffer from Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) discussing the student transition journey including pre-admission and admissions
  • Lewis Pearson, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, presenting their Life Design approach to student development
  • Wil Vincent from Birmingham City University presenting BCU’s online, interactive pre-arrival programme “Level Up”
  • Michael Draper, Director of SAILS, exploring the Swansea University peer mentoring e-toolkit.

There will also be a range of workshops on offer providing practical examples of ways to enhance student transition into and through Higher Education.  These include Life Design, Epigeum transition courses, peer mentoring case studies, and transition support for students on the autistic spectrum.  This practical and timely Conference is supported by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The Conference will in particular be of value to academic and professional services staff, Students’ Union officers and student and college reps as well as students. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Places are limited so early booking is strongly recommended. Book your place now via Eventbrite and indicate your workshop preference. Allocation will be on a first come, first served basis. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any queries please email inclusivity@swansea.ac.uk

Download the full conference programme including information on keynotes and workshops from the SAILS website

Widening Access activities in 2016/17

Take a look at the Schools and Colleges Outreach Programme for teachers and FE lecturers to find out more about the University’s widening access activities.