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University Takes Top Spot in Wales for Helping Students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods Access Degrees

Wrexham Glyndŵr University has achieved the top spot in Wales for helping students from low participation neighbourhoods access a university education.

New figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that 26 per cent of the university’s full-time entrants aged 21 and under are from ‘low participation neighbourhoods’.

These are areas from which fewer young people have traditionally entered higher education.

This is the highest proportion of all the universities in Wales and puts Wrexham Glyndŵr University among the five UK providers with the highest percentage of 2016 entrants from 'widening participation backgrounds'.

The others are Teesside University, the University of Sunderland, the University of Suffolk and the University of Bolton.

The University is also eighth in the UK for providing part-time students from low participation backgrounds with access to degrees.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University prides itself on its student support and services, focused on providing them with security, stability and academic excellence during their time in North Wales.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, said: “I am incredibly proud of the achievements of our students, some of whom experienced serious challenges along their journey through education.

“The applied focus of our degree programmes, the innovative research we are doing in close collaboration with the community and the supportive environment for students have led to our recognition as the top university in Wales for inclusion.

“The results are testament to the vision and drive of our widening access team, who are out across the wider region every day, engaging with schools, job centres and local organisations.”

Reflecting on the results, Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds said: “I am encouraged to see a record proportion of university entrants now coming from state schools and disadvantaged areas.

“Many universities are already doing brilliant work to ensure more young people go on to higher education, and I would encourage this best practice to be shared across the sector.”

For more on widening access visit the next open day on Saturday, March 3 from 10am-2pm