About Us

First Campus, funded by HEFCW, is the South East Wales Reaching Wider Partnership, the partnership consists of all higher education and further education institutions in South East Wales. First Campus has been in operation since 2002, it continues to focus on increasing higher education participation from groups and communities in Wales who would not otherwise consider or access High Education. It works with Community First Schools, Youth Workers and Voluntary / third sector groups, engaging people of all ages who are currently under-represented in higher education.

The purpose of First Campus is to engage further with Community First schools to support transition, raise educational awareness of progression routes into Higher Education, enhance educational skills and provide employability skills. Making university facilities available to young people raises their educational aspirations and achievements, and encourages them to progress to higher levels of learning.

Kathryn Maddy First Campus Manager

In particular, First Campus aims to plant the idea that university is an option for all and runs projects with a wide variety of age groups from Key Stage 2 through to Key Stage 5, Further Education and family learning. This remains a true reflection of the commitment of the First Campus partnership.

Kathryn Maddy is the Manager of First Campus, based at the lead institution for the partnership, University of South Wales. The First Campus partnership has staff at each of the Higher Education institutions, allowing First Campus to utilise the huge wealth of subject expertise and for activities to take place within and across institutions.

First Campus a HEFCW funded Reaching Wider Programme.


First Campus Team

The University of South Wales, Treforest

Kath Maddy – First Campus Partnership Manager
Jane Ellis – First Campus Coordinator
Chris Webb – First Campus Family Learning and Further Education Coordinator
Fiona Hook-MacKenzie – Data and Communications Coordinator
Helen Stokes – First Campus Operations Assistant


The University of South Wales, Newport

Teresa Perry – First Campus Coordinator
Liz Bailey – First Campus Coordinator
Erika Parker – First Campus Administrator


Cardiff Metropolitan University

Annie Davies – First Campus Mentoring Programme Leader
Natalie Ray – First Campus Coordinator
Linda Smith – First Campus Coordinator
Phillip Lambert – First Campus Assistant Coordinator


Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Gareth Buchaillard-Davies – Pre College Administrative Assistant


Cardiff University

Scott McKenzie – Widening Participation Manager
Helena Fern – First Campus Officer
Ffiona Mills – First Campus Executive Assistant


Please use the Contact Us page to get in touch with any queries or questions.

Our Strategy

First Campus’ aims and objectives are outlined in the ‘First Campus Reaching Wider Strategy 2014-2017’.


First Campus Reaching Wider Strategy 


Child Protection Policy

First Campus wants to ensure that it meets its responsibility to safeguard and protect the children it works with and to ensure that the highest possible standards are maintained.  It is therefore appropriate that First Campus has clear policies and procedures in place to refer to, when there is a concern regarding a child’s welfare or regarding the conduct of a member of staff. Each HEI within the First Campus partnership has, or is currently finalising, its own Child Protection Policy.

The First Campus Child Protection Policy has been produced in accordance with those policies.

Our Partners

     Cardiff Metropolitan University