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Widening access

Widening access, inclusion, progression and success in higher education is a key part of our strategy for higher education (HE).

We work with the Welsh Government, HE providers and other partners to support and promote opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds who have the potential to benefit from higher education.

Widening access to higher education and beyond makes a significant contribution to the society and economy of Wales, and supports social justice, social mobility and economic upskilling.

Our widening access strategic priorities include:
  • all-age recruitment from Communities First clusters and Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation areas.
  • improving progression pathways into HE.
  • promoting fair admissions.
  • promoting Wales as the destination of first choice for HE.
  • prioritising higher-level learning and skills, retention and student success.
  • increasing flexible learning opportunities, including part-time study, workplace learning and technology-enhanced learning.
  • improving fair access to the professions, high level skills and the priority sectors contributing to economic prosperity
  • supporting government priorities relating to tackling poverty, raising educational aspirations and attainment, social mobility and equality of opportunity.
  • improving the evidence base to support widening access to HE.
Performance measures

The higher education sector’s performance is monitored each year against a range of widening access indicators including those in our Corporate Strategy and the UK HE performance indicators.

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