chapter  5
The Community University of the Valleys Model
'Reaching the Students Other Recruitment Strategies Can't Reach'
Pages 14

The Community University of the Valleys is a successful higher education widening access initiative, led by Swansea University's Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE). Through a network of community partner centres, higher education is provided in the communities of South West Wales. DACE develops and delivers its educational programmes in a region that contains some of the most socially excluded communities in the UK; many are within the Welsh Assembly Government's 100 most deprived communities. Like many university adult education departments in the UK, DACE has a traditional liberal adult education background but has increasingly been driven by a mission to promote equality in access to higher education. The natural progression for students on the Community Progression Project's community-based foundation programmes is the Part-time Degree within DACE. In the National Student Survey 2008, the DACE Part-time Degree students expressed their great satisfaction with the DACE provision.