We are pleased to announce that The University of South Wales are the Learner category sponsor at this year’s Womenspire Awards!
We spoke to Public Affairs Officer – Victoria Riley, about the organisation and what it means to them to be part of Womenspire18!

Q1. Tell us about your organisation

With more than 30,000 students from 120 countries, the University of South Wales (USW) Group is a major player in UK higher education. Within the United Kingdom, USW is unique in the breadth of its role, encompassing a modern university and two subsidiaries in Wales’s national conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and The College Merthyr Tydfil.

With campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the University is renowned for its partnerships with major employers, from British Airways and the BBC, to the National Health Service. Its relationship with employers as a leading university for careers is reflected in the high employment rate of its graduates, with 95%* of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

USW is a powerhouse in applied research used to shape major decisions. As a major public policy think-tank, it offers independent advice to government, industry and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy, and governance.

Q2. Why are you supporting the awards?

We are very pleased to once again be supporting the Womenspire Awards, which showcase so many role models, achievements and fantastic stories, such as one of our student midwifes Sian Preddy, who won the Learner of the Year award and the Champion of the Year award at last year’s ceremony. It is a wonderful way to highlight both professional and personal accomplishments and we are very proud to be associated with the awards.

Q3. Why does gender equality matter to you?

Equality in general is important to us at the University of South Wales, so that everyone, both staff and students, are given the same opportunities and treated fairly and equally. We invest in developing women in the University, such as through our Women Development Programme, to ensure that they are represented at all levels of academia and are encouraged to be coaches and mentors to enable everyone to reach their full potential.

Q4. Why do you support the work of Chwarae Teg?

We support Chwarae Teg’s ethos to build a Wales where women achieve and prosper. Higher education can assist in achieving this, helping to widen access in our communities by providing employment-focused higher education for talented and motivated students from all backgrounds, as well as a supportive and positive environment for our staff.

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