Widening Participation

The University of South Wales is committed to supporting underrepresented groups of any age, background or ethnic group and ensuring they are given a fair and equal opportunity to study in a supported manner.

Within the UK Student Recruitment Team, there is a team of staff who support and deliver a range of activities for students who are currently underrepresented in higher education. Please get in touch with the relevant team member below to find out how USW could support you and the groups that you work with to access higher education.

We also provide information and support to teachers and careers advisers to help prepare students for higher education. If you think you and/or your students could benefit from our support, please contact us.

Reaching Wider

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Reaching Wider is a partnership of universities, schools and colleges working together to improve social mobility by widening access to all forms of higher education.

USW Summer School

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Our annual Widening Participation Summer School supports and encourages young people from diverse backgrounds to consider and feel empowered in applying to university.

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Alexandra 'Ali' Roberts

Ali leads the Widening Participation work of the Student Recruitment Team. Ali is available to answer any questions, and provide information, advice and guidance to all who may be considering higher education and whose current qualifications do not exceed Level 3.


Support offer

The Team offers a wide range of support to all who may be considering Higher Education, with more bespoke offers for certain groups where appropriate.


Scholarships and Bursaries

You may be entitled to additional support through USW's scholarships and bursaries. How much you receive, who can receive it and how it is paid will vary depending on the scholarship or bursary, but the money doesn't usually have to be paid back (unless you decide to leave the course early).