UHOVI wins national Guardian award

February 28, 2013

The Universities of the Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) scooped a national award at last night’s (27th February) Guardian University Awards.

A unique partnership between the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, and backed by Welsh Government, UHOVI won the ‘commitment to widening participation’ category.

Over 3000 people in the Heads of the Valleys region have already benefited from the Initiative which is focussed on improving access to higher education by offering university level courses locally.

UHOVI provides opportunities to study a range of courses in different subject areas, at local venues including further education colleges. Courses are delivered by supportive tutors across Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Torfaen. There are also options for businesses in the region to engage with UHOVI to help up-skill their workforce.

The Guardian University Awards are designed to recognise best practice, achievement and innovation, celebrating all things that make UK universities uniquely great. UHOVI is delighted to be recognised for its work and positive impact on the lives of individuals living or working in the region.

UHOVI Director and University of Glamorgan Deputy Vice –Chancellor Helen Marshall said, “We are delighted to have won this award for the outstanding success of the Universities of the Heads of the Valleys Institute. UHOVI enables local people, many from disadvantaged communities, to gain access to Higher Education and therefore the relevant skills to give them the best career opportunities for the future. Over 3,200 people have already enrolled in the initiative and it’s a privilege to be able to help them achieve their dreams. We’ve seen numerous success stories and examples of university education making a positive difference to the lives of individuals and their families.”

The winners were announced at a ceremony in London on 27th February. The awards culminate with a best practice exchange on the Guardian Higher Education Network which profiles the winning and shortlisted projects, enabling others to learn from outstanding work.

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