Access All Aber

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Aberystwyth’s flagship Summer University programme has been running for 18 years and is aimed at widening access to higher education.

Building on the success of previous years, the programme will be relaunching as ‘Access All Aber’ in 2023 and will be organised and run by Aberystwyth University's Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team.

Access All Aber will offer a high-quality 5-day residential programme which aims to better prepare students for university life. The programme will focus on developing key academic skills along with more social and informative sessions to engage young people with university and support their UCAS applications.

There will be approximately 100 places for students from across Wales. We target students who meet widening access criteria, focusing on (but not limited to) those: 

  • From postcodes which are in the lower quintiles (1 & 2) areas for the WIMD (Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation),
  • Who are care experienced (have spent three or more months in care since the age of 14.)
  • Who are the first generation in the family to go to University.
  • Who are young carers.
  • Who are estranged from their family.
  • Who have one of the following immigration statuses; refugee, humanitarian protection, asylum seeker. 

Over the past 18 years the University has given countless students the opportunity to experience life at university, learning to adjust being away from home combined with the pressures of academic work and deadlines, sports and activities.

Each year, Aberystwyth’s Summer University helps young people to overcome some of the hurdles they may face in applying to higher education. The aim is to raise their aspirations and offer them a unique opportunity to explore their potential whilst experiencing the full breadth of university life.  As an institution, Aberystwyth University places great emphasis on widening access and removing barriers to higher education, whether the barriers are physical, social, cultural or financial.” Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Director of Welsh Language, Culture and External Engagement.

Since 2012, around 83% of students who have successfully completed the Aberystwyth Summer University have gone on to Higher Education or higher-level apprenticeships.

The Aberystwyth Summer University not only benefits the young people who complete the course, but also offers valuable work experience for current Aberystwyth University students to work as student leaders. Student Leaders gain quality work experience as they assist with pastoral care and co-ordinate sports and social activities on the course. They are current students who have been trained to provide a high level of motivation and care to the summer students – some of whom have not stayed away from home before. This opportunity enables the Leaders to hone their skills and increase their graduate employment opportunities.


Access All Aber 2023

Applications to Aberystwyth Access All Aber 2023 programme will open in December 2022 for young people who are currently studying towards A-levels or NVQ Level 3. The 2023 programme will run from Monday 10th July – Friday 14th July. Places are limited and priority will be given to applications from students who satisfy the main Welsh Government priorities. Keep an eye on our webpage for the latest information and booking form.