New member of the Access Recognition and Licensing Committee
added on 01/12/2013
QAA currently has a vacancy on the ARLC for a senior manager from the further education sector. Full details are available at http://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/ABOUTUS/NEWS/Pages/Default.aspx
Response to the Higher Education Review
added on 22/11/2013
We welcome the announcement made by the Education and Skills Minister on the 19 November that widening access will be at the heart of the review of Higher Education (HE) and student funding in Wales. We value the Minister’s commitment to opening up “the rich resources of Welsh education to the whole community”. We support his wish to see greater opportunities for student to study part time and to safeguard financial support for those who most need it.
The Access to HE Diploma in Wales provides a route to university for over 1000 adults each year, many of whom left school with few qualifications but have thrived in further education, many managing part time work and family and caring commitments at the same time. Access to Higher Education (AHE) students are determined to use their degree course as a route to a career. In order to make sure that AHE learners can afford to take the first steps in returning to learn, support and encouragement needs to be available in the essential preparation stages of their journey. We urge the Minister to be mindful of the vital role that publically funded adult learning plays in widening access into Higher Education.
New director for NIACE Dysgu Cymru
added on 22/11/2013
Congratulations to Cerys Furlong, Agored Cymru board member, on her new appointment to the role of director of NIACE Dysgu Cymru. She will be replacing the current director, Richard Spear, who is taking up the role of chief executive at Careers Wales.
Cerys said: "I am really excited to re-join NIACE Dysgu Cymru at a vital time for the future economic prosperity of our country. NIACE Dysgu Cymru has an absolutely crucial role to play in working with Welsh Government, employers and the education sector in ensuring that adults can re-train, up-skill and gain the essential life skills they require to be full and active citizens in a modern and ambitious Wales."
Cerys Furlong will be taking up her role of director of NIACE Dysgu Cymru in January 2014.
Access Opens Door for Ammanford Winner
added on 15/10/2013
Mother of two young sons, Trina Smith from Ammanford, has become Agored Cymru’s Access Learner of the Year 2013.
At a presentation ceremony, held at Coleg Sir Gar where Trina studied the Access to Nursing and Health Related Professions, the mother of two was presented with her award with her tutor Jeremy Edwards who nominated her by her side.
Trina entered the world of education in 2011 after a difficult period of her life. With two young sons and her husband on a three month tour of Afghanistan she has had to learn how to juggle her parental duties with her studies.
Speaking about her award Trina said: “I’m overjoyed to win this award. The Access course has given me confidence I never knew existed. I would never have imagined this time last year that I would have achieved all that I have, and for the first time in my life I am proud of whom I am and the person I have become”.
Janet Barlow, chief executive of Agored Cymru said: “Trina really stands out as an excellent example and inspiration to others to achieve their full potential.”
"Her story also shows how an Access to Higher Education course can open new opportunities, and lead to higher level qualifications and a new career.
“Trina’s determination and fearlessness have demonstrated how much she has wanted to progress, and in her own words she is ‘stronger and happier than ever’”.
Jeremy Edwards, Trina’s Tutor said: “Trina has flourished into a confident, conscientious, self-motivated learner who now fully believes in her ability. With determination and commitment she has produced work to a very high standard in a variety of new and diverse subjects, ranging from anatomy and physiology to psychology and law. She has consistently produced work at distinction level, demonstrating her breadth of knowledge and understanding”.
Earlier this year, Trina was given a conditional offer to study a degree in Mental Health Nursing at Swansea University. No doubt her journey through higher education will be just as challenging and rewarding for her as it has been on the Access course and that she will be an asset to both the university and to the nursing profession.
Daniel Fry from Deeside College and Oonagh McCabe from Neath Port Talbot College were both runners up and acknowledged for their learning achievements.
The Access to Higher Education Learner of the Year Award, organised by Agored Cymru, celebrates and recognises learners whose achievements have been inspirational or life-changing. Now in its third year, learners have to be nominated by their course tutor.