2023 has started well. UC Newport have signed a partnership with the University of South Wales!

In 2020, our work with USW was praised by education inspectors Estyn in their report entitled ‘The Value of Youth Work Training, A sustainable model for Wales’. Estyn highlighted the benefits the partnership provides for our communities, staff and future generations that we are yet to work with alongside USW Youth Work students.

Under the categories of participation, inclusion, and development, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will:

  • Support students and community events
  • More shared work with USW programmes
  • Work placement opportunities
  • Develop professional learning opportunities for students, staff, and local schools
  • Provide guidance and support to USW in matters concerning Black History, anti-discrimination resources, materials, and workshops.
  • Collaborate with other community organisations across Newport and the region to support equality and diversity as part of wider civic initiatives 

Peter Landers, Chair of UCN said: “We are very pleased to be formalising this dynamic and growing relationship. Urban Circle Newport is a specialist organisation delivering special work in an increasingly diverse environment. We are delighted to become partners with such an excellent educational organisation as the University of South Wales. We look forward to the partnership delivering enhanced outcomes for both organisations”.

Donna Whitehead, USW’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “USW has been collaborating with UCN for some time, but we are privileged to sign this partnership that will enhance our working relationship.

“USW is proud of our organisational relationships, which are at the core of our 2030 strategy, as is developing our presence in Newport and contributing to the city’s economic, social, and cultural well-being and the wider region.”

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