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Reaching wider projects

Reaching Wider projects 2015/16

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Schools programme

Over 500 pupils from local schools take part in our annual series of activities on campus, including SMART Materials Days for girls into Science, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) taster days, and working with local companies to illustrate career progression routes from university into the world of work.

We also organise Critical Thinking Days based at the schools which can be linked to the Welsh Bacc, and a Dragons Den event for yr. 7s introducing them to the world of Business Entrepreneurship

In addition our new Looking Forward to HE project provides 1-2-1 support and guidance for 6th formers and access students on how to apply to university, writing personal statements, interview techniques and much more.

Community courses

Our Learning for Employability course was originally funded by Reaching Wider and has become a great success! The 8 week long, short accredited course can be delivered in various community locations in North Wales. The course is taught 0.5 days a week and includes an industry visit, a visit to Wrexham Glyndŵr, and talks from externals from AVOW, FE and JCP. The course is free, participants enrol as part-time Wrexham Glyndŵr University students and gain 20 HE credits and a level 4 certificate on successful completion. There are no entry requirements apart from English skills, numeracy and literacy. Attendees must also be aged 18+.

E-Literacy for the Workplace was introduced in 2015. This has been delivered on the same basis as the Employability course but as the name suggests will be much more ICT focused and tailored for those who may have already undertaken a lower level computer course, and would now like to improve their IT skills to level 4 accreditation.

In addition to providing advice, guidance and skills relating to employment, ICT and education, the courses intend to raise aspirations and serve as a platform to increase participation and outreach in the hardest to reach communities.

For more information on the above courses, please contact Sarah Gaffney on s.l.gaffney@glyndwr.ac.uk

Foster carer training/Staff training

As the first university in Wales to hold the Buttle UK Quality mark for our commitment to 'young people in and leaving care' we are classed as ‘exemplary’ in our services. As part of our commitment we offer Foster Carer training to provide an insight into all aspects of University life for those in care of foster children. This includes the support we offer before, during and after their studies and how to access all means of financial help and answer any questions they might have.

In addition we also offer operational and academic staff training to Wrexham Glyndŵr staff members and also our partner institution staff, to keep everyone up to date with developments in policy and practice in relation to Care Leaver students, and to offer advice and guidance on helping to break down barriers and understand the obstacles faced by this group of vulnerable young adults.

Welsh Medium Public Lecture – Darlith Gyhoeddus Cyfrwng Cymraeg

We hold an annual Welsh Medium public lecture each November, speakers so far have been former Wrexham resident, Meirion Prys Jones (former CEO of the Welsh Language Board), and Senior Criminology Lecturer Dr Iolo Madoc-Jones Phd, Msc, BA (Econ)(hons) FHEA

Further lectures to be confirmed.

These Reaching Wider projects are only a small example of the outreach work Wrexham Glyndŵr University does with schools, organisations and community groups.

If you would like further information on any of our projects or would like to get involved with the university please contact s.l.gaffney@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293575.


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