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Civic Engagement: working with our community

Since the University鈥檚 foundation in 1884, we鈥檙e aware of the special connection between the institution and the area in which we鈥檙e based.

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Since those First days of 澳门最快开奖直播 almost 150 years ago, the deep-rooted connection to the local area has been so important.听
And working with the community to raise aspirations and to improve quality of life was part of its beginnings, and it remains at its core to this day.听
The ability of the University to contribute to our economic, environmental, cultural and social wellbeing is crucial and valuable.听
And this is why the University鈥檚 civic mission is this: To prioritise the wellbeing of our communities and the area.听
By working together with our community partners, 澳门最快开奖直播 can help to create a sustainable world for the current and future generations, right here in north Wales.
Join us as we hear from just some of those benefiting from that very mission. This film is about their stories, their voices.
Aaron Pleming
My name is Aaron Pleming and I volunteer here at Pontio, and I live with cerebral palsy.听
Volunteering here at Pontio has helped me develop my confidence in other stuff that I do outside of Pontio, like meeting new people and people that I wouldn鈥檛 basically meet if I wasn鈥檛 volunteering here at Pontio.
We鈥檙e basically like a big family, everybody knows each other, like I鈥檝e worked with most of the volunteers here, so basically we鈥檝e become like a big family.
I鈥檝e had massive support from Pontio because they don鈥檛 see me as Aaron with cerebral palsy, they just see me as Aaron, so there鈥檚 basically no barrier there really: I鈥檓 just me.
Rhian Parry Jones
My name鈥檚 Rhian Parry Jones, I鈥檓 the headteacher of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle in Penygroes. The school is a secondary school, for pupils between the age of eleven to eighteen years old.
The support that we have from the University has enabled us as staff to make sure that we are able to give the correct advice and support to pupils, and enabled them to think maybe wider about the possibilities they have in the future, regarding their careers maybe in STEM subjects that they may not have considered before now.
Huw Evans
So we started off working with 澳门最快开奖直播 through Widening Access, quite a few years ago, and we鈥檝e had quite a few projects since then.听
We鈥檝e had projects with Reaching Wider, and also we鈥檝e worked closely with M-SParc in Gaerwen.
So today we have a focus on STEM and science, so we have a group working with Reaching Wider looking at the local energy, and then we have Explore, which are Techniquest, and they are looking at the universe, astrophysics, and also looking at driverless car technology.听
In my opinion my best part of the project is that we get different types of things to do and we can have a taste of different things.
I like how we鈥檙e wanting to learn new things and have the opportunity to do it. In my opinion I think that the World of Work was the best one, because different employers came in and taught us different things.
So over the years we鈥檝e had quite a few projects going on between Widening Access and M-SParc and Reaching Wider.听
So we鈥檙e looking mainly at STEM and STEM projects but we鈥檙e also looking at career paths and expanding pupils horizons to careers in science or careers in STEM and also to develop soft skills for the pupils for the future.
So the support we鈥檝e had from 澳门最快开奖直播 through these projects has enabled the pupils to gain valuable skills that they wouldn鈥檛 have in other areas of the school curriculum. For the teachers it鈥檚 also expanding their horizons to the potential available for the pupils.
Guto Wyn Hughes
I鈥檓 Guto Wyn Hughes, I鈥檓 a PhD student here at 澳门最快开奖直播. So I鈥檓 澳门最快开奖直播 born and raised, and started coming to Brailsford, or as it was back then Maesglas when I was still in primary school when there were sports lessons and such, and even did my work experience here in secondary school, and have kept coming back here ever since.
So I鈥檓 studying a PhD here in 澳门最快开奖直播 in human physiology, specifically integrative physiology and autonomic blood pressure regulation is my area.
So Canolfan Brailsford has this fantastic setup for weightlifting. We鈥檝e got the Welsh National Training Centre for weightlifting here, but what you really find that is unique about it is that in most places where you have specialty sports you have these really closed off facilities, where you don鈥檛 get any members of the public, you don鈥檛 get any interaction with anyone apart from elite athletes, but here this training centre is open to the public, so you鈥檙e there doing training with people who are elite in their sport, but you also have members of the general public coming in and seeing this going on and they鈥檙e asking 鈥楬ow can I get involved in this?鈥
So we鈥檝e currently got the setup going on for the British University Weightlifting Championships which is happening this weekend. It鈥檚 traditionally always been down in London, but this is the first time it鈥檚 ever been anywhere else, and it鈥檚 largely because we hosted a group of the British national team here for a competition and they loved the facilities.
I would absolutely recommend to people to come along to Brailsford if they want to get involved in any sort of sport, a bit of weightlifting or anything else. We鈥檝e got a little bit of everything going on, and there鈥檚 a community and a group for everything here.
My name鈥檚 Tansy and I am one of the outdoor education assistants and leaders. Wild Elements is all about getting people outside and getting them connected with nature and excited about nature.
So we look at why we should be looking after it, why we should respect it, how we can look after it, and our ethos is about being environmentally friendly and sustainable.
So today we鈥檙e at Draig Beats, this is a festival that was set up years ago as fundraising for a lecturer at 澳门最快开奖直播.听
Here today we鈥檝e got all sorts of different events going on for families, all sorts of different workshops. There鈥檚 greenwood working, there鈥檚 archery, there鈥檚 s鈥檓ores, and I am doing craft activities for the kids to come and have a go at, and we鈥檝e got our little eco-friendly shop!
My first touchpoint with 澳门最快开奖直播 was coming to do my undergraduate degree in childhood studies and I had a really great time, knew that I wanted to do further education, so I went on to do my masters in research through KESS, which is a European fund for further education.
I was volunteering with Wild Elements and then the opportunity with the funding came up, and I had a chat with my tutor at the University and we realised well we can all work together on this, and this is the perfect partnership for it.
The new Welsh curriculum is a lot about getting children outside, which obviously ties in really well with Wild Elements ethos as well.听
So we work a lot with the local schools in supporting them to get the children outside and to be able to take their classes outside, whether that鈥檚 through developing outdoor spaces or just going in and doing some training to show them how to do that.
I think one of the best things about working with Treborth 澳门最快开奖直播 is having the access to be able to use these Botanical Gardens, with the forest school site that we鈥檝e got, the work that we鈥檙e doing to develop it, working closely with Natalie the curator here, she鈥檚 really easy to talk to.听
If we want to bring a school she鈥檚 really accommodating, finding dates when it鈥檚 free and available, and the space, it鈥檚 easy to get the kids in and out. It鈥檚 just a perfect site really.
Anna Roberts
I鈥檓 Anna Roberts, I鈥檓 the CEO and founder of, and we鈥檙e based here in M-SParc in Anglesey.
澳门最快开奖直播 is our local university, it鈥檚 on the doorstep, so we鈥檝e always been familiar with it, but my personal engagement with it was initially with ION Level 5 Leadership Course, and that was something that I hadn鈥檛 really considered until I was doing some work for another company and I thought I鈥檝e actually got my professional qualifications but now I really need something to give me that rubber stamp around my leadership capabilities.听
And so that鈥檚 why I looked at the ION Leadership Course but actually the results of the ION course and the content of it and the contacts that I鈥檝e made through doing it far exceeded my expectations, so that was great.
And then beyond that, they鈥檝e also been quite supportive when we鈥檝e been based here in M-SParc in terms of speaking with various faculty leaders about possible student collaborations that we can do with Explorage as we continue to innovate and grow.
You鈥檙e very much part of like a hub of activity basically, so you鈥檝e constantly got your ear to the ground of things that are going on. We鈥檝e actually worked directly with several of the other tenants in the building, so we use their services and pick their brains as well on things!
We鈥檝e had a skills academy placement which has come as a result of M-SParc as well, so that鈥檚 transformed into a full-time employee so they鈥檙e now a member of our team, we鈥檝e had an intern as well.
If we hadn鈥檛 had the support from M-SParc and 澳门最快开奖直播 that we have had, it certainly would have been a much more difficult hill to climb and it would have taken us way longer to get to where we are.
The support has really made us feel part of something and helped us to keep that momentum going, and it鈥檚 opened up doors when perhaps we would have just been banging our head on a brick wall with certain things! So yeah, we鈥檙e very, very grateful for it.
This, the story of individuals connected to the University in so many different ways. Here to work with you, and to support you. 澳门最快开奖直播: Your University, Your Community.

With thanks to our partners Aaron Pleming, ; Rhian Parry Jones a Huw Evans ; Guto Wyn Hughes, Canolfan Brailsford; Tansy Swerdlow, ; Anna Roberts, who gave their time to support this video.

About Us

澳门最快开奖直播 has a long history of working with our community to raise aspirations and improve quality of life. If you would like to work with us, whether as an individual, a group, a school, or an organisation, please contact听听or complete this enquiry form.

Our new Civic Engagement Strategy outlines how we work with our communities. Our work in this area falls under three umbrella themes:

  • Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 (e.g. health, climate, Welsh language, housing, poverty, ageing population)
  • Enabling innovation and economic opportunities
  • Improving quality of life and sharing knowledge through social and public engagement

Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to contribute to the economic, environmental, cultural and social well-being of our area. Take a look at examples of this work below.

Hello, I'm professor Andrew Edwards, Pro vice-chancellor for Civic Engagement at 澳门最快开奖直播.

It鈥檚 my pleasure to introduce our Civic Engagement strategy, which was launched this month.

At its core, the strategy addresses how we develop, strengthen and expand the connections between the university and our local communities.

The purpose of the strategy is to provide direction and status for our work in this important field.听

The university has a wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise that we want to share with our communities.听

We want to work together in order to improve quality of life and the wellbeing of people of all ages.听

This is not something new of course, since it was founded in 1884...

Working with communities to raise educational, cultural and economic ambitions is an integral part of our work as a University.听

Through this strategy and our institutional strategic plan, Strategy 2030...

We introduce our commitment to support a wealth of ambition in order to strengthen our civic mission regionally, nationally and of course, internationally.听

This is a strategy that brings together University students and staff, in addition to communities across North Wales and beyond.听

We have a dedicated Civic Engagement team now, in order to help develop and sustain the connections between the University and its communities.听

Therefore if you are already in touch with the University through classes or courses...听

Use our first class facilities in Pontio, M-SParc, Brailsford Centre or Treborth, we want to hear from you.

Of course, you may already be working on a specific project with our staff, we want to build on these connections...

And ensure that there is further cooperation between us and that we foster new connections for the good of this area.听

I hope that you鈥檒l have a look through our strategy, and please don鈥檛 hesitate to contact us on:

[01:52] in order to discuss new ideas and ways of working together.听

I very much look forward to hearing from you and working with you over the coming years. Thank you very much.

Working with stakeholders to identify and address 鈥榖ig challenges鈥

(e.g. health, climate, Welsh language, housing, poverty, ageing population)

Inner Quad at 澳门最快开奖直播 Main Arts Building

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 澳门最快开奖直播 Community Board

In 2022, the Community Board was established. The Board replaces the former 澳门最快开奖直播 Liaison Group (BULG), and includes representatives from a broad range of organisations, institutions and public services partners within 澳门最快开奖直播 and across north west Wales. The Board is an important way of connecting the University with our communities, to discuss areas for collaboration and to work together on issues of common interest

Arm holding waste water sample

Identifying and addressing 'big challenges' Wastewater Monitoring Programme in Hospitals and Monitoring beyond COVID-19

Scientists from 澳门最快开奖直播 initially developed the process of testing wastewater for COVID-19, and this work, carried out in partnership with the Welsh Government, Cardiff University, D诺r Cymru Welsh Water and Hafren Dyfrdwy was used in the early detection of the Omicron wave across Wales. The team at 澳门最快开奖直播 have now added communicable diseases and hospitals to its capabilities.

The programme provides vital data on the prevalence of coronavirus in the community and adding these key sites and additional communicable diseases to the monitoring already in place across Welsh health boards and local authorities will deepen the insight and localised knowledge required in public health decision-making. A more recent study has investigated whether wastewater testing could be used as a way of monitoring the general health of passengers on flights coming into the country in future.

Social Worker smiling at an elderly man, sitting on a sofa

Identifying and addressing 'big challenges' M.A. Social Work

The MA in Social Work programme was established in 2012 to ensure a supply of bilingual social workers, who mainly meet the needs of the local social-work workforce.听This is done in partnership with Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy Councils who provide work placements for students and this accounts for around 50% of their professional training.

By educating the local population to serve the local population the programme works with individuals to establish their well-being outcomes and collaborates with agencies and other professionals such as the police, health-workers, the education sector and the housing sector, to provide services that improve quality of life, protect against harm and abuse, and improve people鈥檚 prospects so that they can live as full a life as possible.

Elderly man sitting at a table with a young child eating fish and chips
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Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Supporting people living with dementia

The University supports people living with dementia, their partners, families and carers in a number of ways, including the Caban Group, the North Wales Dementia Network, and working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly University. Research is developed alongside people affected by dementia.

Tin man sculpture sitting against a backdrop of Llyn Peninsula

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Ecoamgueddfa Pen Ll欧n Ecomuseum

Ecoamgueddfa Pen Ll欧n Ecomuseum 鈥 a partnership promoting Pen Llyn as a home not merely a destination or playground for visitors.听

Simply put, an ecomuseum is a collaboration aiming to develop a reflection of place or region, its people and its communities. The idea originated in France, where the term 鈥榚comuseum鈥 was coined in 1971. 鈥楨co鈥 is an abbreviation of 鈥榚cology鈥 but refers specifically to an innovative way of interpreting cultural heritage in all its glory rather than concentrating on certain artefacts of particular periods of history, as is the tendency with a traditional 鈥榤useum鈥.听

Our aim since the ecoamugeddfa was established in 2015 is to ensure that communities today and the communities of the future can thrive in their own locale on their own terms, enriching the visitor experience whilst moving away from 鈥榚xtractive鈥 tourism towards a more resilient visitor economy.听

Funded by UK Government, and powered by Cyngor Gwynedd Levelling Up.

A pupil wearing a Covid mask, sitting by desk.

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Covid-19: Exploring the influence of media messaging on mask-wearing choices

The University led on new research in 2021 to explore the influence of media messaging on people鈥檚 mask-wearing choices during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gubay's Oriental Stores shopfront, Llandudno.
Gubay's Oriental Stores, Llandudno.

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Celebrating Llandudno鈥檚 Jewish History

In 2020, a map showcasing Llandudno鈥檚 Jewish history was completed. The map celebrates the presence of Jews in Llandudno from the late nineteenth century until the present day. It accompanies the earlier map of 澳门最快开奖直播鈥檚 Jewish history

Open book on a table in a library

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Remote Instruction of Language and Literacy (RILL):

The project is designed and run by researchers at the School of Psychology and Sport Science, and the Miles Dyslexia Centre at the University. It comprises a short language and literacy programme for Key Stage 2 children, and was launched in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting national lockdown in April 2020. The project is now running in around 100 schools in Wales and England and has reached over 1,000 children. The mission is to ensure that children 鈥 particularly those who struggle to read and write - receive the best possible literacy instruction.听

"Dewch yn 么l" poster by MSParc

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Dewch yn 么l

A campaign started in order to encourage people who鈥檝e moved out of Wales to return to live and work. So far five people have returned, one now based at M-SParc, and coming from as far afield as Liverpool, London, and Texas! The campaign is run in partnership with the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, Llwyddo鈥檔 Lleol, and others.

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Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Students Supporting Mental Health services across north Wales

In a unique collaboration with the NHS, between 16-20 澳门最快开奖直播 MSc Counselling students are offering 2000 or more听counselling support hours per year within Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB)鈥檚 Primary Mental Health Service. This type of placement collaboration is unique to 澳门最快开奖直播 and was the result of higher public demand for the NHS service, and a lack of 鈥榗lient ready鈥 students coming out of university.听

Student in 澳门最快开奖直播 Library

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 The North & Mid Wales Law Clinic

The North & Mid Wales Law Clinic is a partnership of seven Local Citizen Advice branches and the University鈥檚 School of History, Law and Social Sciences which provides a service to support Litigants in Person at every stage of their journey. 澳门最快开奖直播 students are trained in key areas such as family law, community care and employment law and are offered the opportunity to develop and use their legal knowledge in a real-life setting.

Ap Geiriaduron

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Language Technologies Unit

The Language Technologies Unit at 澳门最快开奖直播 is conducting research into how people can communicate with each other in Welsh through the help of new computers and smart devices and developing technology that recognises what people say in Welsh, then type it out or answer questions in Welsh.


Their Cysgliad programme, which includes Cysill (the Welsh spelling and grammar checker), and Cysgeir (a collection of Welsh electronic dictionaries) is available free of charge through the Welsh Government's generosity.

Welsh Terms

The Unit is also responsible for standardising Welsh terms for education in Wales, including The Education Terminology and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Terminology Dictionary.

SU roundtable discussion

Identifying and addressing 鈥榖ig challenges鈥 Student Volunteering

Student Volunteering 澳门最快开奖直播 organises a plethora of activities aimed at local residents and includes tea parties (which have been running since 1952), day trips for older people, afternoon tea outings and even visits to the popular Snowdonia Donkey Sanctuary. Students regularly volunteer at local care homes and help to organise a host of activities as well as providing a much-needed ear to those residents who simply 鈥榳ant to chat鈥. Likewise, the Hafan Caf茅 in 澳门最快开奖直播 City Centre provides an opportunity for students to volunteer at a community hub which promotes wellbeing, independent living and offers a place for members of the local community to visit for a 鈥榩anad鈥 and to socialise.

Working with stakeholders to enable innovation and economic opportunities 听

A group of children on stage at the end of a performance at Pontio
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Innovation and Economic Opportunities BLAS

BLAS is funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Children in Need, and is the youth art participatory programme run by Pontio.听

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Dr Simon Middleburgh of 澳门最快开奖直播

Innovation and Economic Opportunities Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2)

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a major pan-Wales operation supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government. KESS 2 links companies and organisations with academic expertise in the Higher Education sector in Wales to facilitate collaborative research projects, which work towards a PhD or Research Masters qualification.

Group of participants of the Leadership Programme in front of an ION Marketing banner

Business Growth Programmes: ION Leadership Programme

Led by Swansea University in partnership with 澳门最快开奖直播, the ION Leadership project is supported by the European Social Fund via WEFO. The project is designed to develop and enhance the leadership skills of owners, managers and key decision-makers of businesses located across West Wales and the Valleys.

Professionals working at a desk with a laptop, calculator and papers

Business Growth Programmes: 20Twenty Business Growth Programme

Leadership and Business Growth Wales at Cardiff Metropolitan University, in partnership with 澳门最快开奖直播, have an established track record for delivering high quality leadership and management skills and sustainable business growth in Wales.

A couple standing behind the counter of a cafe

Business Growth Programmes: Help to Grow Management:

A unique executive development leadership and management course designed to help you to grow your business. Further information may be found here.

M-SParc building at dusk
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Business Growth Programmes: Enterprise Hub:

In order to support businesses outside of the low carbon, energy and environment, digital and life science sectors, M-SParc and Menter M么n have partnered on the Enterprise Hub. Funded by European Regional Development Funding through the Welsh Government, the Hub allows M-SParc to support new businesses in any sector by providing fully funded office space, events, and business support.

Students looking at a laptop together

Business Growth Programmes: Employability Service:

The Employability Service supports students and graduates through a range of services including one to one support, workshops, self-employment advice,听aspirational mentoring, employer presentations, internships and work placements, as well as a range of online resources. The service also works with employers of all sizes, especially local companies, national and international to source opportunities for engagement and development. All organisations can register with our to work with any of our teams or projects and advertise suitable jobs, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities. Graduates of 澳门最快开奖直播 are eligible to access our services for three years post-graduation, and may also be eligible for funded work experience and training through the Graduate Support Programme.

The Prince Madog research vessel docked in Menai Bridge

Business Growth Programmes: Integrated Research and Impact Support (IRIS) Service:

The role of the IRIS Service is to support research excellence and impact activities in the University and the team is central to the delivery of the university鈥檚 new Strategy 2030: Research and Impact Strategy. IRIS works with researchers to build sustainable relationships with local, regional and national business partners and other key stakeholders identified as potential collaborators and/or beneficiaries of our research. As well as supporting researchers to secure research funding, IRIS also plays a key role in reporting and assessment exercises, such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and HE-BCI.鈥

Improving quality of life and sharing knowledge through social and public engagement

Our Strategic Partners

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澳门最快开奖直播 and Adra, North Wales鈥 largest social housing provider, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance skills and research into decarbonising housing stock.

Further information about the collaboration between 澳门最快开奖直播 and Adra

Meet the team and Contact Us

For further information regarding our Civic Engagement work, please contact:鈥

Professor Andrew Edwards

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Professor Andrew Edwards is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Civic Engagement and the Welsh Language. He is also Head of College of Arts, Humanities and Business. He was appointed PVC and Head of College in May 2020, having previously been Dean of College from 2012.

Gwenan Hine

Gwenan Hine

Mrs Gwenan Hine leads on the delivery and effective operation of a strategic Vice-Chancellor鈥檚 Office, the provision of legal services, contracts and information compliance, research governance and ethics, ordinances and policies. Gwenan also leads on the operational oversight of civic engagement.

Iwan Williams

headshot of Iwan Williams, Senior Civic Mission Officer

Iwan Williams is the Senior Civic Engagement Officer. Iwan began in post in January 2022. Iwan鈥檚 previous roles include working for the Welsh Local Government Association, the Older People鈥檚 Commissioner for Wales, Gwynedd/Anglesey Councils and 澳门最快开奖直播 City Council.

Kathryn Caine

Headshot of Kathryn Caine, Civic Mission Officer

Kathryn Caine is the Civic Engagement Officer. Kathryn began in post in November 2021 following various roles within the University including Campus Services, Pontio and most recently IRIS. Prior to joining the University, Kathryn spent 10 years working in the Financial Services sector. Kathryn is also the Wellbeing Champion for the Vice-Chancellor鈥檚 Office, IRIS, Legal & Compliance, and Planning and Strategic Projects听

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