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Fee and Access Plan

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has approved the Fee and Access Plans of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, allowing it to set tuition fees for its undergraduate courses for full-time Home/EU undergraduate entrants.

These fees allow the University to continue to provide a university experience of the highest quality to students from a wide range of backgrounds and to provide funds for additional student facilities.

The fee plan is approved by the Council of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and developed in consultation with the Trinity Saint David Students’ Union (TSDSU).

Fee and Access Plan 2020/21

Executive Summary

The Mission of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is Transforming Education; Transforming Lives. The UWTSD Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion, provides further and higher education from 17 campuses across South West Wales, as well as in Cardiff, London and Birmingham, providing unrivalled opportunities to promote social and economic mobility, to widen access, and to support learners from all backgrounds during all stages of their education.

This Fee and Access Plan sets out our strategy for investing the fees we receive in 2020/21 in support of the equality of opportunity and the promotion of higher education that are fundamental to our Mission. The Plan focuses on key objectives linked to our four Strategic Priorities:

  • Putting learners first
  • Excellence in teaching, scholarship and applied research
  • Creation of opportunities through partnerships
  • A University for Wales

The targets set out in the Plan are based on our analysis of learner enrolment, retention and achievement data for the UWTSD Group and for higher education in Wales more generally. As a result of that analysis, we have chosen to focus our targets on increasing participation and removing barriers to study for the following under-represented groups:

  • Part-time learners
  • Learners from deprived areas
  • Learners declaring a disability
  • Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) learners
  • Learners studying through the medium of Welsh

The Plan places a particular emphasis on the steps that we are taking to increase our learner numbers from these groups; to support such learners to achieve their full potential and increase their skills and employability; and to provide a high quality experience throughout their studies.

The Plan provides a wealth of information about the ways in which we intend to invest the fees we receive in 2020/21, ranging from (for example), our close work with schools and communities to raise aspirations, including through regional Reaching Wider Activity; the delivery of our innovative Certificate of Higher Education in Skills for the Workplace to enhance the participation of BAME and mature learners; our comprehensive provision for learners with mental health and other disabilities; our activities to enhance employability which provide learners with support to raise confidence, aspirations and skills; our extensive portfolio of programmes offered in partnership with employers, including our expanding Higher and Degree apprenticeships provision; and the range of opportunities we provide for learners wishing to undertake all or part of their studies in Welsh. The Plan also sets out details of the competitive bursary and scholarship package that we will provide for learners in 2020/21.

In a period of considerable change for the higher education sector, we are in the process of reviewing and consolidating our activities, and refining our academic and professional support structures, to ensure that we are well placed to respond to future challenges and to continue to deliver the highest quality experience for our learners.

The total amount of fee income to be invested in the achievement of our key Fee and Access Plan will be £16,540,347 to be apportioned as follows:

Equality of opportunity: £11,026,898

Promotion of higher education: £5,513,449

Consistent with our Student Charter, the University is committed to working in partnership with its learners and the Students’ Union to provide a high quality learning experience. The Plan has been developed working in partnership with our learners, and draws upon specific learner feedback on potential barriers faced by our under-represented groups.

Our Students’ Union has made the following statement in support of the Plan:

‘The Students’ Union would like to commend the University on its approach in developing this Fee and Access Plan. Student-led feedback has been at the heart of the creation of this plan and we are particularly excited to see the results of an enhanced focus on part-time learners. We would also like to congratulate the University on placing such prominence on Student Mental Health, which is a significant and growing challenge facing the modern student. This plan is evidence of the continued commitment to student partnership at UWTSD, we have been fully consulted as part of this process and are pleased to endorse this document. ’

Rob Simkins, TSDSU Group President

Fee and Access Plans (PDF documents)

*Version 1: approved by HEFCW in August 2017
Version 2: approved by HEFCW in December 2017, removed statements relating to changeable tuition fee rates in Wales
Version 3: approved by HEFCW in August 2018, provides Table C in a revised format to match the 19/20 Fee and Access Plan