Published: January 2014
Author(s): Ceryn Evans

In recent years, widening participation in higher education in Wales has been a keypolicy drive of the Welsh Government. Central to meeting its widening access agendahas been the adoption of area based strategies to widening access to higher education(HE) in Wales. This has been manifest in the targeting of residents of CommunitiesFirst (CF) designated areas of Wales. Communities First was introduced in 2001 as theWelsh Government's community based programme for tackling poverty (WelshGovernment, 2014). Areas designated as Communities First are those which fall withinthe top 10% most deprived according to measures on the Welsh Index of Multipledeprivation. In previous years the higher education funding council for Wales(HEFCW) had emphasised improving rates of participation amongst individuals withother characteristics such as those with disabilities and from particular ethnicbackground.

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Higher Education
In recent years, widening participation in higher education in Wales has been a keypolicy drive of the Welsh Government. Central to meeting its widening access agendahas been the adoption of area based strategies to widening access to higher education(HE) in Wales. This has been manifest in the targeting of residents of CommunitiesFirst (CF) designated areas of Wales. Communities First was introduced in 2001 as theWelsh Government's community based programme for tackling poverty (WelshGovernment, 2014). Areas designated as Communities First are those which fall withinthe top 10% most deprived according to measures on the Welsh Index of Multipledeprivation. In previous years the higher education funding council for Wales(HEFCW) had emphasised improving rates of participation amongst individuals withother characteristics such as those with disabilities and from particular ethnicbackground.