First Campus has been in operation since 2002 and continues to increase higher education participation from groups and communities in Wales by raising aspirations, and creating new study opportunities and learning pathways to higher education. It engages with Community First Schools, Community First Officers, Youth Workers and Voluntary / third sector groups engaging those people of all ages who are currently under-represented in higher education.
The aim of the First Campus project from the outset was to engage further with Community First schools to raise the awareness of progression routes into Higher Education for pupils. In particular First campus work towards showing young people that learning is fun and to plant the idea that university is an option for all. Making university facilities available to young people raises their educational aspirations and achievements, and encourages them to progress to higher levels of learning. This still remains a true reflection and commitment of the partnership.