Reaching Wider Programme
HEFCW established Reaching Wider in 2002 as a Wales-wide, collaborative, long-term programme to break down perceived barriers and widen access to higher education and higher-level skills.
The Reaching Wider Programme aims to increase higher education participation from targeted groups and communities in Wales by raising educational aspirations and skills, and creating innovative study opportunities and learning pathways to higher education. Reaching Wider engages two main groups of people of all ages who are under-represented in higher education: people living in areas of deprivation (Communities First cluster areas and the bottom quintile of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation) and looked after children and care leavers.
Three regional Reaching Wider Partnerships lead activities in North and Mid Wales, South West Wales and South East Wales (First Campus). All higher and further education institutions in Wales are members of Reaching Wider Partnerships. Other regional partners vary, but include local authorities, employers, schools, the voluntary sector and Careers Wales.